Game over: Red Sox 7, Indians 5: Aceves allowed a run but got his sixth save in a game that lasted forever.
What a dicey ending. Santana walked, took second on defensive indifference and scored on a single by Brantley. Kotchman also singled before Hannahan walked. Pinch runner Jason Donald stole second. Damon then popped to center.
After losing 11 of 12 at home including six straight, the Red Sox used 12 hits to beat the Indians and improve Clay Buchholz to 4-1.
Scrappy McScraperson was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Adrian Gonzalez was on base five times and the Sox had six doubles.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Indians 4: The Red Sox missed another good chance to score. Gonzalez led off with a double, the fifth tie he has been on base tonight. Middlebrooks walked. Gonzalez was then picked off (Yo, Adrian, where you going?). Nava walked. Then Ross lined hard to center and Salty struck out.
Alfredo Aceves in to try and close it out.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Indians 4: Morales allowed a single by Hannahan. Damon then grounded to first. Gonzalez touched the bag with one out and chased Hannahan to second. His flip to Pedroia was high and Hannahan dodged the tag. Should have been two outs.
Kipnis then walked and in came Vicente Padilla carrying a severed head and grinning maniacally. OK, so he wasn't. But you can totally imagine that.
Anyway, Cabrera grounded to first. Then Hafner popped to center. Padilla has stranded all 11 runners he has inherited.
The Red Sox obtained 36-year-old outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Phillies for cash considerations. He was hitting .203 for Triple A Lehigh Valley.
A veteran of 10 major league seasons with six teams, Podsednik has not been in the majors since 2010 when he played 39 games for the Dodgers. He is a career .279 hitter with 301 steals.
Podsednik was assigned to Triple A Pawtucket.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 7, Indians 4: Facing Tony Sipp, Punto struck out, Sweeney flied to left, Pedroia (3 for 4) singled and McDonald whiffed.
McDonald hit for Ortiz, who left the game with left heel soreness.
Franklin Morales coming in. He gets hit harder at Fenway than Yankees fans.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Indians 4: Buchholz loaded the bases with one out as Damon singled, Kipnis singled and Cabrera walked. That as it for Clay after 111 pitches. Rich Hill entered and walked Hafner to force in a run. Santana then grounded to third. What could have been a double play was an E-5 as Middlebrooks dropped it. A run scored. In came Andrew Miller.
He got Choo on a liner to center. Brantley then singled in a run before Kotchman grounded to first, Gonzalez making a play deep in the hole.
The final line for Buchholz: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 7, Indians 1: 1-2-3 inning for Dan Wheeler, the pride of Rhode Island.
strong>Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 7, Indians 1 1-2-3 inning for Buchholz. That's a quality start. Postpone that trip to Pawtucket.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 7, Indians 1: Big inning there. Nava walked and scored on a double by Ross. Punto then reached on a fielder's choice. Sweeney singled in Ross and Punto went to third. That was it for Jimenez.
Pedroia's sac fly scored Punto. Ortiz reached on an infield single (yes, a infield single) and Gonzalez walked to load the bases. But Middlebrooks grounded into a force.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1: Buchholz isn't cruising. But he has been effective. Kipnis grounded to first. Cabrera then lined to Pedroia. Hafner singled and Santana grounded hard, Pedroia making a nice play.
Buchholz so far: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R,1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP 80 pitches, 50 strikes.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1: Gonzalez had a bloop double to left. But that was it.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1: 1-2-3 inning for Buchholz. Glory be.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1: Missed chance there. Nava doubled and Ross walked to lead off. Salty flied to left. Punto whiffed and Sweeney grounded to first.
Need those runs with Buchholz out there.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Indians 1: Santana walked with two outs and went to third when Choo doubled off the wall. Brantley then popped a ball down the line and Nava made a nice running catch.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Indians 1: Punto singled, breaking an 0 for 19 skid. Sweeney also singled. Pedroia then doubled to right, driving in two runs.
Ortiz flied to left before Gonzalez wailed. Middlebrooks grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Running is not the kid's strong suit.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Indians 1: Hannahan doubled with one out. Kipnis then singled to left with two outs. Hannahan came to the plate and beat he throw from Nava. But Salty blocked the plate and Hannahan slid around him. He never touched the plate and umpire Deryl Cousins punched him out.
Third base coach Steve Smith got ejected.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, Indians 1: Fans are lining up to take photos of the scoreboard at Fenway Park as the Sox have more runs than the other team.
Pedroia reached on an infield single. Ortiz then walked before Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to load 'em up. Will Middlebrooks did it again, lining a double down the line in left to score two runs.
Nava struck out. Ross then walked to re-load the bases. But Salty struck out. Let's see if Buchholz can get through an inning without damage here.
Middle of the 1st: Indians 1, Red Sox 0: Buchholz got two easy outs. Then Cabrera walked before singles by Hafner and Santana scored a run. When he hit Santana, Bobby V came to the mound, slapped him on the butt hard and had what looked like harsh words for him.
Buchholz then got Brantley to ground to first.
First pitch: With Jacoby Ellsbury at his side, Fred Lynn threw out the first pitch to Dustin Pedroia. In 1975 every kid in New England who owned a glove wanted to be Fred Lynn. 331/.401/.566 at age 23. MVP, Rookie of the Year and Gold Glove winner. He was the man.
Pre-game: Good evening from Fenway Park, where it's a nice spring night.
Henry Mahegan, a former Red Sox media relations assistant, is handling the public address announcements this evening. Henry is now a now a history and civics teacher at Charlestown High.
The Sox will have a few different people filling in for the late Carl Beane.
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