Game over: Indians 6, Red Sox 5
Daniel Nava starts the inning by flying out to left. Marco Scutaro presents the tying run after he singles to left. J.D. Drew pops up to Matt LaPorta for the second out. Jed Lowrie ends the game by flying out to left.
Top 9th: Indians 6, Red Sox 5
For his first look at first base, Jed Lowrie does well with a nice pick to retire Jordan Brown unassisted. Daniel Bard strikes out Shelley Duncan to end the inning. Chris Perez will try to close out the game for Cleveland. Also, Andy Marte replaces Jayson Nix at third base.
Bottom 8th: Indians 6, Red Sox 5
Jed Lowrie pinch-hits for Kevin Cash and gets an infield hit after second baseman Jason Donald stumbled to the ground once he grabbed the baseball. David Ortiz follows with a opposite-field single to left. Adrian Beltre, who has provided Boston’s offense all night, hits an 0-1 fastball over the Sports Authority/Under Armour sign for a three-run homer to pull the Sox within one. Ryan Kalish singled to right before Bill Hall flew out to right to end the inning.
Daniel Bard will pitch the ninth. A quick change in the field: Lowrie stays in and will play first, as Victor Martinez will move back to the catcher’s position. This is the first time Lowrie has played at first.
Here is the line on Tim Wakefield: 2 innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts.
Top 8th: Indians 6, Red Sox 2
Tim Wakefield strikes out Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Gimenez to end the inning. Cleveland reliever Rafael Perez now comes in to pitch. Here is the line on Fausto Carmona: 7 innings, 8 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts.
Bottom 7th: Indians 6, Red Sox 2
Adrian Beltre hits his 18th home run over the Green Monster to start the inning. Ryan Kalish follows with a double to center. Daniel Nava pinch-hits for Eric Patterson and singles through the hole on the right side, sending Kalish to the plate for a bang-bang play. Kalish is called out, but catcher Carlos Santana injures his right leg blocking the plate as Kalish appeared to try to slide through him. Santana is in serious pain and has to be carted off the field. He is replaced by Chris Gimenez. Marco Scutaro ended the inning by grounding out to second.
Nava stays in the game and will play left field while Kalish will move from left to center.
Top 7th: Indians 6, Red Sox 1
Tim Wakefield lets two runners get on base, but ends the inning by getting Jason Donald to ground out to third.
Bottom 6th: Indians 6, Red Sox 1
David Ortiz leads off the inning with a single but only gets as far as second as the next three hitters go down. Tim Wakefield is now pitching for the Sox.
Here is the line on Lackey: 5 1/3 innings, 9 hits, 6 earned runs, 5 walks and 7 strikeouts.
Top 6th: Indians 6, Red Sox 1
John Lackey walks in a run after allowing the bases to be loaded before recording an out. Lackey struck out Jason Donald, but walked Trevor Crowe to bring in a run. As Trevor walked to first base, Lackey stared down home plate umpire Mike DiMuro until manager Terry Francona pulled him from the game. Manny Delcarmen is in for the Red Sox.
Delcarmen does his job in getting Asdrubal Cabrera to foul out to Adrian Beltre. Lefthander reliever Dustin Richardson replaces Delcarmen on the mound to pitch to lefty Shin-Soo Choo.
Choo singles to right on the first pitch he sees from Richardson to drive in two runs. Richardson recovers to get Carlos Santana to foul out to Kevin Cash.
Bottom 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 1
The Red Sox show the textbook way to end an inning without scoring a run with runners on first and third: Eric Patterson strikes out swinging and Marco Scutaro hits into a 6-4-3 double play.
Top 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 1
John Lackey limits the damage by getting Shin-Soo Choo to hit into a 4-6-3 double play that scored Trevor Crowe.
Bottom 4th: Indians 2, Red Sox 1
The Red Sox go down in order.
Top 4th: Indians 2, Red Sox 1
What appeared to be a short inning for Lackey turned into a long one. Lackey struck out Shin-Soo Choo and got Carlos Santana to fly to right to start the inning. Then, the Indians adjusted. Matt LaPorta singled to right and Jordan Brown got his first major league hit down the right-field line for a double. Shelley Duncan drove in both runners with a double that hit the high off the Green Monster. Lackey needed help from rookie Ryan Kalish to get out of the inning. After a single from Jason Donald, Kalish threw Duncan out a home plate by a good five feet.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Indians 0
The Red Sox just announced Youkilis left the game with a jammed right thumb.
Meanwhile, Marco Scutaro just learned he shouldn’t test the arm of Shelley Duncan. Kevin Cash flew out to left. Scutaro decided to run home but was thrown out by Duncan on a close play.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Indians 0
Kevin Youkilis has left the game and been replaced by Victor Martinez. Kevin Cash has come in to catch. There was no indication on what Youkilis’s injury is. We’ll update you as soon as we know more details.
John Lackey retires the Indians in order. He’s changeup is really effective tonight and he’s locating his fastball, all of which are good signs.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Indians 0
Well, you can say that run came on the legs of David Ortiz – which is something we don’t say a lot. Oritz led the inning off with a single to left. When Matt LaPorta made an error on a grounder by Victor Martinez, Ortiz hustled his way from first to third, sliding in safely to the roar of the crowd. Really, who doesn’t like watching Ortiz run? Ortiz scored after Adrian Beltre hit a sac fly to right.
Top 2nd: Indians 0, Red Sox 0
Matt LaPorta was a few feet from away from giving the Indians an early lead with a home run, but instead the ball bounced off the top of the Green Monster for a double. Lackey found himself in a jam after Shelley Duncan singled to left. With runner on first and third, Lackey induced Jayson Nix into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Bottom 1st: Indians 0, Red Sox 0
Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona matches Lackey with a 1-2-3 inning of his own.
Top 1st: Indians 0, Red Sox 0
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