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Final: Indians 7, Red Sox 3

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 4, 2011 06:56 PM

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Game over: Indians 7, Red Sox 3

The Sox had two hits over the final eight innings. They are a half-game ahead of the Yankees, who are up 4-1 in the 8th inning in Chicago.

Morales takes the loss with Masterson getting the win. The game drew 38,477, the largest Fenway crowd since the end of World War II.

Middle of the 9th: Indians 7, Red Sox 3

Not a positive outing for Miller, who allowed an RBI double by Fukudome. His line: 2.2 innings, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 HBP. Amazingly, he threw 71 pitches.

Assuming Bedard can get to 90 pitches next time, I'm not sure role Miller has going forward right now.

Chris Perez in to try and close it out for Cleveland.

Top of the 9th: Indians 6, Red Sox 3

1-2-3 for the Tribe. Pestano got Youk before Everyday Tony Sipp handled Ortiz and Crawford.

OK, I have it all figured out. The Sox need four runs to win, right? Reddick, Varitek and Scutaro get on and Ellsbury hits a walk-off grand slam. Three in a row for Ellsbury.

Middle of the 8th: Indians 6, Red Sox 3

Miller put two more men on base but worked around it. His line so far: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP. Good or bad, he keeps the scorer busy.

Top of the 8th: Indians 6, Red Sox 3

Ellsbury walked but that was it. Sox have only five hits, two since the first inning. Yankees lead 2-1 in Chicago.

In Pawtucket, Jed Lowrie was 2 for 3 with a walk and two RBIs. He played seven innings at shortstop.

Middle of the 7th: Indians 6, Red Sox 3

That inning went just like the season for Andrew Miller in that started well and got worse. He got two outs before Cabrera singled and scored on a double by Hafner.

The good news is Masterson is done and Vinny Pestano is in. Given how well Masterson pitched (6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) that has to be good news, right?

Top of the 7th: Indians 5, Red Sox 3

Masteron ducked some trouble there. He walked Ortiz with one out. Crawford then grounded to third but the throw from Donald to Kipnis was dropped. Safe all around. But with runners on first and second, Reddick lined to left and Varitek struck out swinging at a fastball.

Masterson has thrown 118 pitches, so I would guess that's it.

Andrew Miller is now pitching for the Red Sox.

Middle of the 6th: Indians 5, Red Sox 3

Morales allowed a booming double to center by Hafner then an ever more booming home run to center by Santana. Aceves um, shouldn't he have started the inning? came in and settled things down.

But a two-run lead is looking pretty big against Masterson and that Cleveland bullpen.

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

Masterson worked around a one-out single by Ellsbury. Meanwhile, Bedard is finished as Franklin Morales takes the mound.

Encouraging outing for Bedard, especially the 5 strikeouts and 0 walks. He got to 70 pitches.

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

Bedard has retired seven straight. Not too many complaints about him tonight. Best import from Canada since Bob and Doug McKenzie.

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

Reddick homered with two outs, driving a Masterson fastball into the visitor's bullpen. Masterson has whiffed eight so far. He is really nasty. But the Sox have scored more runs against him so far then in any of his previous starts against them.

Middle of the 4th: Indians 3, Red Sox 2

1-2-3 inning for Bedard with two strikeouts. His line so far: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.

Top of the 4th: Indians 3, Red Sox 2

Another good inning for Masterson, who got two groundouts along with a strikeout of Gonzalez.

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

With two outs and a runner on first, singles by Hafner and Santana scored a run. Bedard then struck out Fukudome to end the inning.

Bedard has thrown 49 pitches so far.

Top of the 3rd: Indians 2, Red Sox 2

Masterson struck out four. Reddick whiffed and reached on a wild pitch. Masterson then set down Varitek, Scutaro and Ellsbury. Victor Martinez was a very good player in Boston, but that trade is getting worse every five days.

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

Weird inning for Bedard.

Santana had a single with one out, the ball sneaking through the hole at third. Fukudome singled to right and Reddick's throw skipped away, putting runners at second and third.

LaPorta's infield single drove in a run as did Kearns' grounder to first. Donald then singled to left and LaPorta was thrown out at the plate by 10 feet. Crawford hit Youkilis and then Youkilis fired to Varitek. Just like they drew it up.

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

Jacoby Ellsbury started the game with a hit instead of ending it with one. He singled, took second on a groundout by Pedroia and scored on a double to center off the wall by Gonzalez.

That's a 14-game hit streak for Gonzo and 91 RBIs. Youk struck out then Ortiz lined a single to right. Fukudome sort of took his time, looked around and threw it in. Gonzalez "ran" all the way and scored. Had Fukudome fielded the ball crisply and come up throwing, Gonzalez would have been out by 20 feet. Weird play.

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

Bedard retired the side in order. He struck out Carerra swinging, got Kipnis on a grounder to first (he covered the bag) and Cabrera on a foul pop to first.

Clearly, Theo Epstein is a genius.

Bedard looked around a lot while he was on the mound. He seemed to be soaking in the atmosphere. Don't see too many pitchers do that. It was only one inning, but he had good hop on his heater and a nice curveball.

He also warmed up to "In God's County" by U2. If he picked that, good for him.

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

Erik Bedard's first pitch was a ball just outside. How could they give up Stephen Fife for this guy?

Just kidding. It's a pleasant 70 degrees here, by the way.

Pre-game: Good evening from Fenway Park, where it's a beautiful night for baseball and the debut of Erik Bedard with the Red Sox.

Keep your expectations in check. This will be Bedard's second start since coming off the disabled list. He threw 57 pitches last Friday and came out in the second inning. If he goes five innings and/or 80 pitches tonight, that would be a nice progression.

Meanwhile, Justin Masterson will try and haunt the Red Sox again.

We will be here for updates all game. Feel free to add your comments.

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