Game over: Red Sox 8, Diamondbacks 5
That’s that from Fenway as Papelbon allowed a run but hung on. Closers are never any good when they can’t get a save.
The Sox are now 5-1 on their homestand with three games left to play and are a robust 7-2 in interleague games. The Dodgers arrive tomorrow with Manny Ramirez as their DH.
Rays and Yankees losing again. Sox could be two out before the night is through.
Enjoy the Celtics game. Go C’s.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 8, Diamondbacks 4
The Sox tacked on two more runs, these against Aaron Heilman. Beltre walked and scored on a long double by Nava (3 for 4 tonight). With two outs, Scutaro singled in a run to give him three RBIs on the night.
Despite the four-run lead, Papelbon into close.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Diamondbacks 4
I take it all back, Hideki.
Okajima retired the side in order. Now the Sox will hand at least a two-run lead to Papelbon in the ninth.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Diamondbacks 4
Ortiz walked before Youkilis hit a blast to center. It looked like a sure double, but Young tracked it down. Ortiz was around second and was doubled off. Martinez then grounded ti first.
The Okajima mystery has been solved. He’s pitching the eighth inning as Daniel Bard is getting a day off. This is fraught with peril. Scott Atchison warming up.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 6, Diamondbacks 4
The Sox walked a tightrope in that inning and lived to tell the tale. Dustin Richardson (and not Hideki Okajima, hmmmm) started the inning to face the lefty Drew. He singled. In came Manny Delcarmen.
Upton (foul pop) and Montero (whiff) made two outs. But Young singled to left and LaRoche walked to load the bases. The dangerous Mark Reynolds worked the count to 3-2, fouled off two pitches and struck out looking
That would be the Golden Sombrero for Reynolds tonight. He has whiffed nine time in the series.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 6, Diamondbacks 4
Martinez started the inning with a one-double into the stands in right. He took third when Drew bounced to second. Beltre followed with an RBI single (he now has 46 RBIs, by the way).
Nava (2 for 3) singled to right. Beltre stopped at second but took third when Upton air-mailed his throw. McDonald was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Scutaro, who grows on you like a fungus the more you watch him, delivered a sac fly. That was the end of the day for Haren.
Esmerling Vazquez now pitching. Wasn’t that a character on Bewitched?
The Haren-Lackey matchup finishes with them going 11.2 innings and giving up 10 runs (7 earned) on 15 hits, five walks and two hits batters. Yeesh.
Middle of the 6th: Diamondbacks 4, Red Sox 4
Lackey retired the side in order for the first time tonight as two relievers (Delcarmen and Richardson) warmed up. He has thrown 112 pitches and that is surely it for him. Now watch the Sox get him a lead.
Top of the 6th: Diamondbacks 4, Red Sox 4
Nava started the inning with a double to center. Curiously, McDonald bunted him to third. Whether that’s his idea or not, it’s a bad idea. Whatever edge gained by moving the runner to third is not worth the out. Not in the fifth inning.
Scutaro then doubled to left, so Nava would have scored anyway.
Pedroia struck out and Ortiz was wisely intentionally walked. That gave Youkilis a chance with two runners on and he popped to center. Kevin is now 1-13 against Haren.
Middle of the 5th: Diamondbacks 4, Red Sox 3
Lackey walked Upton on four pitches before Montero lined a double to the gap in right. Upton, who can really run, scored from first. Lackey has walked Upton twice (on nine pitches) and he has scored twice. If he has pitched around him, which is what it looks like, that’s sure not working out.
Lackey has made 14 starts. This is the sixth time he has allowed at least four runs. One of the runs tonight is unearned but it’s unearned because of his error.
Top of the 5th: Diamondbacks 3, Red Sox 3
The Sox went in order against Haren as Martinez and Drew struck out before Beltre lined softly to first. Sox only have two hits — both by Ortiz.
Middle of the 4th: Diamondbacks 3, Red Sox 3
So much for the big pitching matchup. With two outs, Parra, Ryal and Johnson had singles to drive in a run. Lackey has put nine runners on base in four innings — eight of them with two outs.
Bear down much?
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Diamondbacks 2
McDonald reached on an error to start the inning. With two outs, he was on third and David Ortiz was at the plate. Ortiz fouled off two 3-2 cutters from Haren before getting one that he drove to center. It looked like a deep fly ball at best off the bat but kept carrying and carrying and finally settled into the stands for Papi’s 14th homer.
He’s now 11 of his last 22 with six extra-base hits and nine RBI over six games.
Middle of the 3rd: Diamondbacks 2, Red Sox 1
Drew started the inning with a shot back to the mound that hit Lackey and rolled away. He made an ill-advised throw to first that went wild, allowing Drew to take second. Lackey got Upton on a one-hopper back to the mound then Montero on a pop-up.
But Young tagged a first-pitch fastball to left for an RBI double. He was then thrown out stealing third as Beltre made a nice play on the tag, reaching behind to make the play.
Top of the 3rd: Diamondbacks 1, Red Sox 1
Beltre walked with two outs. But Nava popped to shortstop.
Middle of the 2nd: Diamondbacks 1, Red Sox 1
With two outs, Lackey allowed a single by Parra then hit Ryal. But Johnson flied to left field.
Top of the 2nd: Diamondbacks 1, Red Sox 1
The Sox created a run there. Pedroia took a walk, delaying the Laser Show. He then stole second and took third when David Ortiz reached on an infield single on a slow roller to third. Youkilis followed with a grounder to third. Arizona took the out at second but that was it as Pedroia scored.
Youkilis then tried to steal second and started his slide early, popped up a front in front of the bag, was tagged out and then stumbled around for a bit. Not pretty. But the game is tied at least.
Middle of the 1st: Diamondbacks 1, Red Sox 0
Lackey got two quick out then appeared to pitch around Upton, walking him on five pitches. He got ahead of Montero 1-2, missed with two fastballs then hung a curve that was lined to the gap in left for an RBI double. Young then grounded to third to end the inning.
Bit of a sloppy job there. One run could be big in this game with Haren on the mound for Arizona.
Top of the 1st: Diamondbacks 0, Red Sox 0
We’re ready to get underway here at Fenway Park with a 6:10 start in deference to the Celtics, who play for the title at 9 p.m. It’s a little overcast and breezy at the ballpark but it’s not supposed to rain. Two tough pitchers, John Lackey and Dan Haren, are on the mound.
Enjoy the game and, please, express yourself in the comments section.
What’s your Celtics prediction? I like the C’s in a low-scoring street fight, something like 89-86. Here’s hoping Ray Allen has a big game.