Game over: Red Sox 6, Indians 3 Andrew Bailey gets the save (his first) as he preserves a three-run lead. The game was played in 3:24. Alfredo Aceves gets the win. The game was played before 10, 282.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Indians 3 – Another strong showing by Koji Uehara as he retired the Indians.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Indians 3 – The Sox scored their sixth run when Ellsbury reached on an infield hit and eventually scored on Victorino’s sac bunt and subsequent throwing error by pitcher Joe Smith.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Indians 3 – Junichi Tazawa pretty tough in mowing down Tribe.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Indians 3 – A rare 1-2-3 inning for the Indians.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Indians 3 – The Indians’ offense came alive against a tiring Aceves. After he walked Santana, Nick Swisher homered. That was followed by a Jason Giambi homer. Aceves eventually came out in favor of Junichi Tazawa, who preserved the two-run lead. Aceves went five innings, allowed seven hits and three runs.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Indians 0 – Justin Masterson went five innings, allowed 11 hits, four runs with one walk and five strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches. Victorino reached base for the fourth time (single in the sixth) with an HBP and three singles. Napoli doubled and Nava singed to drive in the run.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Indians 0 – Shane Victorino saved the day for Aceves with a nice over-the-shoulder catch in right to rob Asrdrubal Cabrera of extra bases with the bases loaded. Aceves retired the first two batters but then allowed a single to Chisenhall, a double to Stubbs and walked Brantley.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Indians 0 – With two outs, the Red Sox tacked on another run when Drew led off with a walk and came in on Carp’s triple to center, his third hit of the game.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Indians 0 – Aceves retired Santana, Swisher and Giambi.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Indians 0 – Mike Carp doubled to left, his second of the game. The Sox loaded them up on singles by Victorino and Pedroia, but Napoli struck out and Nava grounded out.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Indians 0 – Lonnie Chisenhall singled to left but was thrown out trying to stretch to a double but Victorino made a nice throw to throw him out. Drew Stubbs walked. The Indians got a runner as far as second base, but Aceves got a nice play from Cabrera to get out of the inning.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Indians 0 – Sox go down in order as Masterson begins to get into the groove.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Indians 0 – Nick Swisher singled to right to lead off the inning but the Indians went down in order.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 3, Indians 0 – Sox offense was at it again. Mike Carp, making his first start at first base, doubled to the left field corner. Ellsbury reached on an infield hit to third which he beat out and Victorino singled to right to load them up. After Pedroia struck out and Napoli fouled out to third, Daniel Nava ended the threat with a fly out to left.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 3, Indians 0 – Alfredo Aceves, who was shagging fly balls in the outfield at 2 p.m., very unusual for a starting pitcher, came out strong with a 1-2-3 inning including a strikeout of Carlos Santana to end the inning.
Top 1st: Red Sox 3, Indians 0 – Justin Masterson’s streak of 19-1/3 innings came to a screeching halt when the Red Sox had the first five batters reach, four with singles and one (Shane Victorino) was hit with a pitch. Jacoby Ellsbury, Victorino and Dustin Pedroia (single) loaded the bases. Mike Napoli singled in a pair, Nava followed with an RBI single before the Indians recorded their first out on Will Middlebrooks’ slow grounder to shortstop. Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s grounder to first was fielded by Mark Reynolds who gunned the run down at the plate.Drew, now 2-for-17 to start the season, struck out to end the inning.
Looks like another small crowd at Progressive Field, likely in the 9-10,000 range. Wind is blowing out to left field.