Game over: Red Sox 8, Padres 2: Craig Breslow entered the game to get the remaining two outs. After giving up a double to Forsythe, he induced back-to-back line outs to Jonny Gomes to end the game.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 8, Padres 2 – Ellsbury led off the inning with a towering shot into right field on the second pitch he faced. It was only his second home run of the year, but it was deep into right field bleachers.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Padres 2 – Alexi Amarista grounded out to Iglesias at short to end the inning with runners stranded at the corners. The Padres, who have just six hits, are 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Padres 2 – Jonny Gomes led off with a ground-rule double, but Smith got out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts and a fly out.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Padres 2 – In a low-pressure situation, Andrew Bailey makes quick work of the Padres. He struck out Forsythe and Venable, then got Quentin to fly out to right field.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 7, Padres 2 – A 2-run single from David Ortiz gives the Sox a comfortable lead. With the bases loaded, Ortiz worked a nine-pitch at-bat. Andrew Bailey now in to pitch for the top of the 7th.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Padres 2 – With a runner on first, former Red Sox infielder Pedro Ciriaco ripped one to third base. Snyder made a nice play to grab the liner fired to first to get a 5-3 double play and end the inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Padres 2 – Mike Napoli displayed his power and smashed a double into the center field triangle and into the bleachers for a ground rule double. Jonny Gomes’ single scored Napoli. After getting Ortiz to fly out, Tyson Ross replaced Stults. Stults pitched 4.1, gave up 9 hits and 4 runs (all earned).
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Padres 2 – With runners on first and second, Jesus Guzman hits a long single off the top of the Monster. Venable, who hit a double, scored and Headley was held up at third. Mark Kotsay flied out to end the inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Padres 1 – With runners on first and second, Jose Iglesias looped one down the right field line. It bounced up and hit Pesky’s Pole, and was ruled a ground rule double. Napoli scored, but Lavarnway was forced to return to third. Stults hit Ellsbury to load the bases, but Victorino flied out to end the inning. Stults up to 84 pitches.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Padres 1 – Webster settled in after a rocky third inning, using 11 pitches to retire the Padres 1-2-3.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Padres 1 – Stults gives up a 1-out single to Shane Victorino, but gets Pedroia and Ortiz to line out to left and right field, respectively, to end the inning.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Padres 1 – Webster’s pace slowed down noticeably as he got into a bit of trouble and climbed to 50 pitches. After giving up a walk to Pedro Ciriaco, he hit Logan Forsythe and allowed a single to Will Venable. With 1 out, Chase Headley’s sacrifice fly to center field brought Ciriaco across the plate.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 3, Padres 0 – Brandon Snyder continues his hot start with the Sox. On a 1-2 count, he drives Stults’ curveball opposite field and into the Sox bullpen for his first home run wit the club.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Padres 0 – Jesus Guzman poked a leadoff single to left field, then Webster cruised through the inning with a pair of flyouts and an unassisted putout. He only needed nine pitches to get through the inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 2, Padres 0 – After a leadoff single from Jacoby Ellsbury and a double from Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia lined a 2-run double down the left field line. Stults made a nice play to glove a comebacker from Napoli and doubled up Pedroia at third to end the inning.
Top 1st: Padres 0, Red Sox 0 – Allen Webster gets through the top of the Padres order with little trouble. After surrendering a 1-out walk to Will Venable, he struck out Carlos Quentin with a 96 m.p.h. fastball and got Chase Headley to fly out to Jacoby Ellsbury to end the inning.
Welcome from Fenway Park. It’s certainly a beautiful day for baseball on the Fourth of July. Wally is dressed in his best patriotic tux, the flag is draped over the Green Monster, and the Sox are just a few minutes from first pitch.