Adrian Gonzalez was surprised and not that thrilled to come out of the game in the sixth inning last night.

But even though he got pulled for a pinch runner (Che-Hsuan Lin) who never scored, the fact that the Red Sox survived his absence trumped any disappointment for not contributing late to the 3-2 win.

"He knows it's a possibility, he's not happy with it — it's a total roll of the dice," manager Bobby Valentine said. "We're playing the whole game wondering exactly what we have there (with Gonzalez, a first baseman, playing out of his position in right field). I'm confident, but I don't want to learn the hard way. The hard way is always with a loss.

"Like we always say, you don't know if they're going to hit it to him but you always know he's going to get up. He says, 'Yeah, that at-bat in the ninth is probably going to be a big one.' I said, 'It's probably going to be in the eighth, and you're right. I hope we don't need it. I hope we win 1-0.' As it turned out, it was 2-1 when his at-bat came up."