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Red Sox hold off Indians, 3-2

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 8, 2010 07:05 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 3, Indians 2

Bard allowed a one-out walk but got the save.

Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 3, Indians 2

McDonald as hit by a pitch with one out but Scutaro and Pedroia flied to right field. Sox will turn the lead over to Bard.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 3, Indians 2

Kearns flied to left. Sox survive the threat. Now Bard will presumably close.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 2

Okajima fell behind Crowe, 3-and-0 but came back to get him on a grounder to the mound. Pinch runner Anderson Hernandez stole third before Choo walked. Now Ramon Ramirez is coming in to face Kearns.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 2

Wakefield struck out pinch hitter Andy Marte. But pinch hitter Travis Hafner doubled off the wall in right. Now Okajima is in to face Crowe with one out.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 2

No dice. Beltre grounded into a force before pinch hitter J.D. Drew flied to left. Sox have stranded five in scoring position in last five innings. Wakefield is back out for the eighth after a long top of the inning. He has thrown 97 pitches.

A tired Wakefield is better than any bullpen alternative short of Bard at this point.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 2

Sox are threatening again as Youkilis singled and stole second before Ortiz walked. Beltre up facing Chris Perez, the third Indians pitcher of the inning.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 2

The good news for Wakefield: He now has thrown 2,776 2/3 innings, passing Roger Clemens (2,776) for most in Red Sox history. The bad news: The next hitter, Shelley Duncan, homered. But Wake got Valbuena to end the inning.

Okajima warming up.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

Jensen Lewis replaced Huff and retired the side in order. Wakefield back out there. He has thrown only 84 pitches.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

Wakefield has been the man tonight. He got the first two batters of the inning as Donald grounded out before Crowe flied deep to center, giving Cameron a chance to make a great catch. Wakefield had retired 15 straight before Choo singled.

But Kearns grounded into a force to end the inning. Wakefield needs one out to pass Clemens.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

Sox are missing a chance to step on Cleveland's throat. Beltre doubled with one out but Hall whiffed and Cameron popped up. That's five runners left on base the last three innings, four in scoring position.

Huff has pitched a nice game so far: 6 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

Tim Wakefield has retired 13 straight and has allowed five balls out of the infield. He is four outs away from matching Roger Clemens for the most innings in Red Sox history.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

Sox had a chance to add to their lead and failed. McDonald singled and took third on a two-out single by Martinez. But Youkilis whiffed. Huff has pitched well but trails.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

Wakefield has retired 10 straight and struck out four through four innings. Forget Strasburg. Wake throws half as hard and still get outs.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

Huff got two outs before Martinez hit a fly ball to deep center. Crowe settled under it and somehow dropped it.

Youkilis (RBI double), Ortiz (RBI single), Beltre (single), and Hall (RBI double) followed with hits as the Sox took the lead.

All four runs scored in this game are unearned. Wakefield now has a lead to protect.

Top of the 4th: Indians 1, Red Sox 0

Wakefield cruised on, retiring the side in order. That's seven straight for him. He has three strikeouts.

Middle of the 3rd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0

The Sox went quickly as Hall and Cameron struck out before McDonald grounded out.

Top of the 3rd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0

Wakefield retired the Indians in order, striking out Duncan before Valbuena grounded to first and Marson flied to left.

Middle of the 2nd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0

Youkilis started the inning with a single. After Ortiz (0 for 18) flew deep to left, Beltre lined to short and Youk was doubled off.

Top of the 2nd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0

Two poor defensive plays cost the Sox and Wakefield. Cameron tried to dive for a ball hit by Choo, didn't come close and it rolled away for a triple. Then with two outs Beltre bobbles a grounder by Peralta and a run scores.

It was the third error in two games for Beltre.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0

Pedroia walked with one out but Martinez grounded into a double play despite hitting the ball deep in the hole. He sure can hit but he sure can't run.

Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0

Good evening from overcast and unseasonably cold (65 degrees) Cleveland. We'll have two sets of updates going tonight, one from here and the other from Washington where Stephen Strasburg is making his debut.

So follow what Nick Cafardo is reporting from Washington in the post below this one. Enjoy the games and feel free to leave your comments.

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