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Red Sox top Indians 3-1

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 3, 2010 07:11 PM

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Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

Papelbon gets Jordan Brown to ground out and end the 1-2-3 9th. Sox win.

End of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

Jed Lowrie grounds out to end the 8th for the Sox.

Along with Lewis getting tossed, we just heard in the press box that Beckett was thrown out as well. Might not have mattered with Papelbon warming during the 8th, but who knows? Papelbon on to try and finish it off for the Sox.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

I rest my case on not ticking off Adrian Beltre. He just broke two bats during one at-bat.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

The dust settles, and Jensen Lewis, who threw the pitch to Beltre, has been tossed. Joe Smith on to pitch for the Indians.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

Benches have cleared after Beltre gets a little chin music. Josh Beckett is extremely fired up. They're having to hold him back right now. Not sure who he's fuming at, but he is very animated down there on the first-base line.

Things have settled, and now everyone is moving back to their posts.

Nevermind. I lied. Everyone's back out after Francona has some words with one of the Indians coaches.

NOW things have died down. That was intense. Not sure what would possess anyone to tick off Adrian Beltre. He's a big man. With a bat.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1

OK, things have just gotten silly. Beckett with another 1-2-3 inning. The Indians haven't gotten a hit since the 4th inning.

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

The Sox go down in order in the 7th. Wish I had more for ya, honestly. Nobody seems interested in getting any hits.

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

Beckett puts the Indians down in order again in the 7th. That's three innings without a hit for the Tribe, and Beckett's pitch total is only at 87.

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

Kalish follows up the Lowrie walk with a single, but Scutaro looks at strike three with two outs, and the inning is over.

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

Jed Lowrie draws a one-out walk, and that brings Manny Acta to the mound. That will be it for David Huff. Justin Germano on to pitch for Cleveland.

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

Another 1-2-3 inning for Beckett. He's only thrown 78 pitches through six innings.

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

Martinez, Ortiz and Beltre go down in order to end the 5th.

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

Beckett gets Asdrubal Cabrera to fly out to end a 1-2-3 5th for the Indians.

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

Mike Lowell is bringing it tonight. Trevor Crowe just ripped a ground ball in Lowell's direction, who went to the dirt to haul it in and then dove back to first base to get the force.

He finishes it all off with a knowing smile.

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

McDonald gets good wood on a ball laced into center field, but it's right at Trevor Crowe, and the Sox leave Ryan Kalish on first.

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

Bill Hall with a no-doubt-about-it type bomb to left field. 3-1 Sox.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Indians 1

Matt LaPorta managed a single with one out, but that's all for the Indians. Beckett follows it up by inducing a fly out and then a ground out by Nix to end the inning.

End of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Indians 1

Mike Lowell comes to the plate with two out after Beltre flies out on a deep fly ball to right. Another standing ovation. I was actually out among the fans for the first one, and I've got to say, it was a pretty cool moment.

Not nearly the same drama this time. Lowell hits a fly ball that doesn't get out of the infield for the final out of the inning.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Indians 1

Hey folks, Robert Mays here taking over for Pete. Let's give him a nice ovation for another solid outing. The guy just brings it.

The Indians are on the board. Lou Marson leads off the inning with a solo home run to left, and it's 2-1.

Bottom of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Indians 0

Think the Red Sox are boring? Mike Lowell got a huge ovation from the crowd as he came to the plate and crushed the first pitch he saw into the Monster Seats for a two-run homer.

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

Beckett retired the side in order, striking out Valbuena and Nix.

Epstein on Ellsbury

Here's the latest from the GM on his center fielder:

"Hes getting real close to coming back. Were going to sit down and talk to him tonight. We have nothing to announce yet. But I think given how hes performed on the rehab and how hes feeling about things, its certainly days and not weeks before hell be ready and hopefully not too many days."

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

Martinez doubled to deep center with two outs. But Ortiz grounded into the teeth of the shift as the Red Sox left yet another stranded in scoring position. That has been their specialty lately it seems.

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

Beckett struck out the first two batters he faced. Choo singled before Duncan was hit by a pitch. But Brown grounded to shortstop.

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

Greeting from Fenway where it's 81 degrees and a nice night for baseball. Josh Beckett takes on the Indians and David Huff. Stay here for updates and please feel free to leave your comments.

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