Game over: Red Sox 4, Indians 2
Travis Buck homered to right, his second off Jonathan Papelbon, in the ninth, but no comebacks for the Indians this time. Papelbon, who hadn’t allowed a homer, recorded his ninth save when he retired LaPorta on a long fly ball to left field. The game was played in 3:02 before 23,752 at Progressive Field. The finale will be played at 12:05 tomorrow afternoon.
Top 9th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
Carmona exited after a Youkilis single. Ortiz then reached on a fielder’s choice when first baseman LaPorta’s throw to second was dropped by third baseman Jack Hannahan covering the bag. After J.D. Drew’s grounder advanced the runners to scoring position, the Indians brought the infield in with Varitek up. Batting righthanded this time against the lefty Rafael Perez, Varitek walked on four pitches to load the bases. Crawford tapped back to the pitcher who underhanded the ball home for the force play. Sutton struck out.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
After a walk and wild pitch (should have been a passed ball on Varitek), Hill retired the next three batters – Brantley, Cabrera, and Choo – to get the Sox into the ninth.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
Can Rich Hill can be this team’s set-up guy? Hill struck out Jack Hannahan with two runners on in relief of Josh Beckett, who threw 111 pitches over 6.2 innings. Beckett allowed five hits and one run with three walks and six strikeouts.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
Jason Varitek hit a two-run homer just inside the foul pole with David Ortiz aboard. Ortiz had doubled to center on a ball Carrera completely misplayed. Varitek’s last homer was May 30, 2010 vs. Kansas City.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Indians 1
Jason Varitek has caught 2 of 3 runners trying to steal. Beckett has thrown 72 pitches through four.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Indians 1
Sox go down in order. Strong inning for Carmona.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Indians 1
Shin-Soo Choo singled with two outs but was caught stealing.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Indians 1
Jed Lowrie’s deep sacrifice fy to center scored Carl Crawford with the tying run. Crawford was hit by a pitch, stole second, and went to third on Sutton’s grounder. After Ellsbury walked, Lowrie worked the at-bat quite nicely and finally drove the ball the deepest part of the ballpark, easily scoring Crawford. Ellsbury stole his 16th base to retake the stolen base lead over Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus and put himself in scoring position for Adrian Gonzalez, who doubled to right field. Gonzalez is now 13 for 25 with runners in scoring position and his 20 two-out RBIs lead the majors.
Bottom 2nd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
Ezequeil Carrera singled up the middle to score Travis Buck with the first run. Beckett had allowed a single to second base on a nice play by Drew Sutton, who somehow got his glove on a ball that was passed him up the middle. He couldn’t get enough on the throw to get Buck. After Orlando Cabrera was hit with a pitch, Beckett struck out LaPorta and Hannahan, but couldn’t get the No. 9 hitter, Carrera. On the RBI single, Jacoby Ellsbury threw out Cabrera trying to go to third base.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
David Ortiz doubled with one out, then got himself hung up between second and third when Carmona fielded J.D. Drew’s grounder and threw to shortstop for the tag on Ortiz. The big guy hung himself up long enough to get Drew to second base. But Jason Varitek struck out to end the inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
Josh Beckett, who came out of his last start on May 19 vs. Detroit after six innings with a stiff neck, walked leadoff hitter Michael Brantley, but retired the next three in order. Brantely stole second with two outs and cleanup hitter Carlos Santana at the plate. Beckett went 3-2 to Santana and struck him out with a 94-mile-per-hour inside fastball.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
The game started at 7:06. It’s 64 degrees here. No rain. Fausto Carmona can be absolutely nasty and he was to start the game. He retired Jacoby Ellsbury with a grounder to shortstop, struck out Jed Lowrie and got Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to second base.