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Final: Indians 3, Red Sox 2

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  May 23, 2011 07:48 PM

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Game over: Indians 3, Red Sox 2

Tough loss. Sox had this one in hand but Daniel Bard blew the save in the eighth and cost Clay Buchholz a win after a nice pitching performance and duel with former Sox righty Justin Masterson. It was Bard's second blown save. Chris Perez earned his 13th save retiring the Sox in the ninth after allowing a one-out single to J.D. Drew and a single to Jed Lowrie. With runners at first and third, Carl Crawford knocked into a 4-6-3 double-play to end it. The Sox also may have lost Dustin Pedroia, who left the game in the eighth after he turned awkwardly around second base when he stumbled around the bag.

Bottom 8th: Indians 3, Red Sox 2

Daniel Bard sure does look human this year doesn't he? Michael Brantley singled in pinch-runner Adam Everett with the tying run off Bard, then Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in Brantley with the go-ahead run. Should the Red Sox have walked the very hit Cabrera intentionally with first base open?

The Red Sox really stuck to the 330 Rule. Buchholz could throw 93 pitches to get to 330 over his last three starts, and when he got to 94, he was taken out of the game. With pinch-runner Adam Everett on second base with one out, Bard came on and got pinch-hitter Carlos Santana to pop out. Then the proverbial roof caved in .

Top 8th: Red Sox 2, Indians 1

Dustin Pedroia has come out of the game after an awkward turn around the second base bag on an Adrian Gonzalez single on which he appeared to turn his left ankle. Drew Sutton has come on to pinch run. we'll update this later.

Sure looked like Justin Masterson stepped on the bag on a cover play on a Matt LaPorta feed with Jacoby Ellsbury running down the line. First base umpire Rob Drake ruled him safe sending Masterson into an argument,. He was backed up by manager Manny Acta who was thrown out of the game. Ellsbury was caught stealing for the sixth time. He's stolen successfully 71 percent of the time. Masterson has left the game with two outs in the eighth inning after walking Dustin Pedroia. Lefty Rafael Perez is in. Masterson pitched 7-2/3 innings, allowed four hits and two runs.

Top 7th: Red Sox 2, Indians 1

Orlando Cabrera is just as awesome in the field at second base as he was at shortstop. He made two nice plays to rob Sox of hits.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 2, Indians 1

As if on cue, it has started to rain here. The game was delayed at the onset for 1:01 and the word was it would start up again at 10 p.m. Pretty close. So far, not hard enough to stop play. Buchholz is pitching extremely well again.

Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Indians 1

Carl Crawford has homered to rightfield on a 1-1 pitch.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 1, Indians 1

Asdrubal Cabrera has hit his 10th homer, a 408-foot shot to right center on a 3-1 pitch that Buchholz hung out over the plate. Cabrera is red-hot. eleven of his 33 RBI have either tied or put the Indians ahead.

Top 4th: Red Sox 1, Indians 0

Ortiz reached on an infield hit to short with one out, but Masterson retired the next two batters. Neither team has been able to muster much sustained offense. Buchholz is once again very solid and has responded well after a 127-pitch outing his last time. Francona said before the game you won't be seeing Buchholz out there that long tonight. Pitching coach Curt Young adheres to the 330-pitch rule per three starts. Buchholz had thrown 237 pitches his last two starts which would put him at around 93 if its applied strictly.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Indians 0

Masterson couldn't put the Sox away in the third with two outs. With Crawford reaching on an infield hit, Masterson, who tries to come in on lefthanded hitters, hit Ellsbury with a pitch and Pedroia singled to right knocking in Crawford.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Indians 0

A 1-2-3 inning for Buchholz.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Indians 0

Masterson hit Kevin Youkilis with a pitch, but Youk was erased on Ortiz knocking into a 3-5-1 double-play. JD Drew then grounded out to first.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0

Justin Master....full. The former Sox sinkerballer retired the side in the first inning. The game started at 8:06 p.m. after a 1:01 delay.

Pre-game: Good evening everyone. The rain has cleared, the tarp is off and we're getting ready to play here at Progressive Field. There's still weather in the area and talk of more rain coming in the 10 p.m. hour, but we'll cross that bridge then.

Looking forward to a neat matchup between Clay Buchholz and Justin Masterson, a couple of guys who came up together in the Red Sox organization. The Red Sox hated losing Masterson in the Victor Martinez deal July 31, 2009, and have actually made a couple of attempts to reacquire him since, including at the trading deadline last season, to no avail.

They're shooting for an 8 p.m. start, but it might be slightly later. Stay here for live updates.

Update: Indians hoping for an 8:05 start.

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