Top 9th: Red Sox 6, D-Backs 3
Game over. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 14th save as the Sox hold on before 37,459 at Fenway. Papelbon reached 98 m.p.h. on the radar gun with one pitch, which is about as hard he’s thrown the ball this season. Clay Buchholz got the win going 5 2/3 innings. He is now 9-4. The game was played in 3:03.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, D-Backs 3
Sox put two runners on with one out but couldn’t score. Ortiz and Youkilis each singled off D-Backs reliever Juan Gutierrez, but wiggled out of the jam. Daniel Bard is making his 32d appearance in the eighth. A lot of people have left the ballpark, presumably to watch the Celtics.
Top 7th: Red Sox 6, D-Backs 3
Daniel Nava has struck out three times (with a walk) tonight as the leadoff hitter. He’s been replaced for defensive reasons by Darnell McDonald in left field.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, D-Backs 3
Clay Buchholz lasted only 5 2/3 innings tonight because his pitch count soared to 113 pitches. He allowed seven hits and three runs, walked one, struck out eight, and is in line for his ninth win. Hideki Okajima is on to pitch with two outs in the sixth.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 6, D-Backs 3
Kevin Youkilis just doubled high atop the wall, just to the right of the foul pole, scoring Dustin Pedroia (single). Just said hello to D-Backs GM Josh Byrnes who came up to the press box for a briefing with the Arizona media after the team traded outfielder Conor Jackson to the A’s.
Top 4th: Red Sox 5, D-backs 3
Buchholz is allowing the snakes to get back into it. A pair of doubles (Montero and Upton) and a single (Young) yield a pair of runs.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, D-Backs 1
The Red Sox keep adding to their lead, scoring three more. The inning began with No. 9 hitter Mike Cameron stroking a single. After leadoff man Daniel Nava walked (he struck out to lead off the first), Pedroia doubled to the left-field corner, scoring Nava. The Sox scored a second run on Ian Kennedy’s wild pitch and the third run came home when Victor Martinez, still feeling a sore toe, beat out an infield hit. Pedroia: nine hits in his last 18 at-bats over the last five games.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, D-Backs 1
Couple of nice plays by Youkilis after a first-inning error helped Buchholz get through the second inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 2, D-Backs 1
David Ortiz belted his 13th homer with Dustin Pedroia aboard off D-Backs starter Ian Kennedy on a 2-and-0 count. Ball landed just over the Sox bullpen to the right of the triangle. Pedroia had been hit with a pitch with one out. Ortiz is back on a hit streak — 6 for 15 with four doubles and six RBIs in the first four games of the homestand.
Top 1st: D-Backs 1, Red Sox 0
Adam LaRoche, briefly a Red Sox, singled in Stephen Drew with the first D-Backs run. Drew singled with one out and stole second base. Also in the inning a rarity: Kevin Youkils let Miguel Montero’s hard-hit grounder go through his legs for an error. It was his first error at first base since April 8, 2009 and his first error since October 2, 2009 when he committed an error at third. Clay Buchholz prevented further damage by striking out Chris Young to end the inning.