Tim Wakefield had his picture taken with the Stanley Cup, then was able to sit back for a while and watch his teammates grab a big early lead.

Kevin Youkilis hit a three-run homer to highlight Boston’s six-run first inning and Wakefield held Milwaukee to three hits over eight innings, carrying the Red Sox to a 12-3 win over the Brewers on Sunday.

`I’ve always said, ‘If the offense scores that many runs it makes my job a lot easier knowing I can make one or two mistakes,“’ the 44-year old Wakefield said after enjoying a pregame clubhouse visit by the Stanley Cup champion Bruins before the Red Sox honored them with an on-field ceremony.

“I had my picture taken with the Cup,” Wakefield said, smiling. “I wasn’t touching it. It’s theirs.”

Members of the Bruins, who captured the Cup with a Game 7 win over Vancouver on Wednesday, rode in on four Duck Boats _ as they did in a parade through the street of Boston on Saturday.

After the boats circled the warning track, they walked in from center behind captain Zdeno Chara, who carried the Cup most of the way, before they all took part in a ceremonial first pitch with members of the Red Sox.

Wakefield then went out and retired the Brewers on 12 pitches _ 11 strikes _ before his teammates took control.

Dustin Pedroia had a solo homer and drove in two runs, and Marco Scutaro hit a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who won their 13th in 15 games.

Nyjer Morgan and Prince Fielder homered for Milwaukee, which dropped two of three games at Fenway Park this weekend and have lost five of seven overall since winning eight of 10.T



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