SAITO IN TO FINISH (5:02, End 8, SOX 12-5)
Manny Delcarmen worked through two short, solid innings (two strikeouts, one hit) to keep the Sox up seven going into the ninth with Takashi Saito on to try to put the Mets to bed.
NO REVIEWS NECESSARY (4:39, BOT 7, SOX 12-5)
Kevin Youkilis sent a ball for a ride in the fifth inning, but third-base umpire Joe West called it foul and kept it foul after review the tape. Youkilis made it easier for everybody this time, getting a hold of the first pitch he saw from Brian Stokes and shipped it out to the Wall for a three-run homer. The Sox scored four in the inning, getting the other run on a Dustin Pedroia single that scored Nick Green.
DELCARMEN SMOOTH IN SEVENTH (4:34, MID 7, SOX 8-5)
Manny Delcarmen took the ball from Tim Wakefield and tossed a clean seventh, working through the top of the Mets order in only 10 pitches.
METS LOSE THEIR GRIP? (4:11, BOT 6, SOX 8-5)
Even the guys in the Mets dugout couldn’t help but laugh when they saw, Ken Takahashi cock back to throw the 0-1 pitch to David Ortiz then completely flub the throw. (Picture a quarterback trying to throw a football but a defensive lineman knocked it out of his arm. Now take away the defensive lineman). The ball slipped out of his hands and landed a few feet from the mound Dustin Pedroia, who was on first with a walk, moved to second on the balk. Ortiz still struck out in the at bat—his seventh strikeout in the past 11 at-bats. But the Sox managed to pile more runs when Jason Bay laced a ground ball up the middle and under Ramon Martinez’s glove at shortstop, plating Pedroia. Kevin Youkilis, who had walked before Bay’s single, moved to third thanks to Bay and then scored on J.D. Drew’s fourth hit of the day, a rip to the right side that made it 8-5.
CLEAN SIXTH FOR WAKE (4:05, MID 6, SOX 6-5)
Tim Wakefield came back out for the sixth and made it quick, getting Ramon Martinez, Luis Castillo and Daniel Murphy to all ground out.
REDDING GETS HOOK, SOX GET LEAD (3:27, BOT 5, SOX 6-5)
Three straight two-out hits including George Kottaras’ RBI double signaled the end of Tim Redding’s night. He left two runners on, and the Mets brought in Sean Green to clean it up, but Nick Green took the first pitch he saw and shot it the other way to score Mike Lowell and Kottaras and put the Sox ahead 6-5. Green got caught up in a rundown so long that one reporter trying to score it called it a phone number: 9-3-6-4-5-3.
A SECOND LOOK (3:45, BOT 5, METS 5-3)
No play had been reviewed at Fenway until last night. Kevin Youkilis’ bomb around the Monster’s foul pole gave the Sox their second in two games. After putting a charge into a 3-2 pitch from Tim Redding, Youk thought he had a long-ball that would have pulled the Sox within a run, but crew chief Joe West called it foul. Sox manager Terry Francona ran out to third base to talk about it with West, convincing him to give it a review. West emerged from the Sox dugout after looking it over and waved it foul still.
WAKE GETS OUT OF A TIGHT SPOT (3:38, MID 5, METS 5-3)
Walks nagged at Wakefield again in the fifth. Angel Pagan turned a leadoff pass into a run, stealing second then scoring on a Gary Sheffield single. Wake worked his way out of another possible jam, getting David Wright to fly out, fanning Jeremy Reed and watching George Kottaras chase down a Ramon Castro pop up in foul territory. Daniel Bard was up and throwing with the Mets lead stretched to two runs
IN THE ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE DEPARTMENT … (3:29, END 4, METS 4-3)
… Nick Green was robbed trying to bunt George Kottaras over to third. Green popped the ball up, and it hung long enough for David Wright to charge in and dive under it. If one web gem wasn’t enough, David Ortiz had his screaming line drive snatched by Daniel Murphy more out of self-defense than actual defense. Green was sort of shaking his head in the dugout after the bunt play. But if anyone should be shaking his head it’s Kottaras, who put the tying run in scoring position by leading the inning off with a ground rule double and had a couple of chances to come home but was still left stranded.
QUICK AND QUIET (3:15, MID 4, 4-3)
The Sox wrapped three ground balls around a J.D. Drew single in a harmless third. The Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth.
METS GET ‘EM ALL BACK PLUS ONE (3:05, MID 3, 4-3)
After essentially mining and manufacturing their first run of the inning, using a couple of sacrifices to capitalize on Luis Castillo’s leadoff single, the Mets kept the inning alive making Wake pay for walking Daniel Murphy and Gary Sheffield with a pair of run-scoring two-out hits from David Wright and Jeremy Reed. Wright’s first -pitch single evened the game at 3, then Reed brought Sheffield around for the go-ahead run, leaving the Sox with more work to do in the bottom of the inning.
LOWELL ANSWERS WITH THREE-RUN SHOT (2:44, BOT 2, 3-1)
Mike Lowell had runners on second and third withi no outs thanks to a leadoff Jason Bay walk and a J.D. Drew double, and he took advantage. Tim Redding offered up a 0-1 changup dead center and Lowell made him play, blasting his eighth home run of this season. Lowell’s 51 at-bats with runners in scoring position are the most on the team, and he’s turned it into 15 hits, three homers and 21 RBIs. It looked like Redding had made more trouble for himself when Jacoby Ellsbury stroked a double to left, stretching his hit streak to a career-high 19 games. But David Ortiz ended the inning by lofting one to left.
CASTRO’S DINGER PUTS METS UP (2:35, MID 2, 1-0)
After David Wright grounded out to third and Jeremy Reed bounced one back to the mound, Tim Wakefield fed Ramon Castro a 2-1 pitch high-middle that Castro stroked off the foul pole atop the monster for the game’s first run. It was the third homer of the season for Castro. Wake got out of the inning by getting Ramon Martinez to fly out.
STRIKEOUTS END THE INNING (2:29, END 1, 0-0)
After the delay, Ortiz struck out on three pitches. Kevin Youkilis fought out of an 0-2 count, but went down swinging as well. The K was Ortiz’s sixth in his past eight at-bats and puts his average at exactly .200.
GAME TO RESUME AT 2:25: (2:21, BOT 1, 0-0)
The field in solid shape, the was actually peeking out over left field and the game should restart in a matter of minutes. The official time of the delay is 36 minutes.
TARP’S COMING OFF (2:00, BOT 1, 0-0)
The heavy showers have let up, the grounds crew is pulling up the tarp and it looks like the delay’s ending. Light rain is still falling as the crew pours more dirt on the field to make up for a soggy infield. Ortiz will be at the plate with Pedroia on first and one out.
RAINING LIKE HAIL (1:48, BOT 1, 0-0)
David Ortiz was in the on deck circle with a towel over his head as that rain that started falling minutes ago turned into chunks of hail showering the field. Crew chief Joe West held on as long as possible, allowing Jacoby Ellsbury to shoot a ball out to center for the first out and Dustin Pedroia to draw a walk, then he and everyone else decided to take cover. It’s expected to pour for another 25 to 30 minutes.
HERE COMES RAIN (1:42, MID 1, 0-0)
Carlos Beltran just bounced into a 4-6-3 double play that helped get Wakefield out of a potential jam with runners at first and second. But as he did, the rain drops started falling. You could hear thunder rumbling as Wake sat Garry Sheffield down on strikes, leaving Daniel Murphy stranded at third. Between innings, we’ve seen a flash of lighting and a clap of thunder that sounded fairly close, but the teams will play on.
FIRST PITCH (1:40, TOP 1, 0-0)
The first pitch of the afternoon was also the first pitch Daniel Murphy had ever seen from Tim Wakefield. The 66-mph knuckleball that missed away. After working the count to 3-2, Murphy poked one out to shallow center that bounced in front of Jacoby Ellsbury. He’s on first with Angel Pagan at the plate.