Uehara Lights Out Again, Hurls 25th Straight Scoreless Inning

September 4, 2013 1:56 PM
Uehara Lights Out Again, Hurls 25th Straight Scoreless Inning
" BOSTON (CBS) – Koji Uehara has been downright filthy for the Boston Red Sox.

After striking out with their first three attempts at a closer this season — both Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey fell to injury while Junichi Tazawa couldn’t hold the job — the Red Sox have struck gold with Uehara, who tossed his 25th consecutive scoreless inning Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers.

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It was Uehara’s 17th save of the season, and 16th in 18 tries since taking over as Boston’s closer on June 26. He’s now retired 21 straight batters, leading to dozens of those celebratory high-fives that have become common practice whenever Uehara takes the hill.

Tuesday night, Uehara needed just nine pitches to retire the trio of Tigers he faced, getting pinch-hitter Andy Dirks to pop out to second before striking out both Branyan Pena and Jose Iglesias by way of the K.

John Farrell is running out of ways to say how great Uehara is at the back-end of the Boston bullpen, but on Tuesday night it was the Japanese reliever’s efficiency on the hill that had his manager gushing "

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