Game over: Red Sox 5, Red Sox 4
Pedroia singled to right on a two-strike count. Nava slid head first, well ahead of the throw. Sox mobbed Pedroia between first and second.
The Laser Show, get your tickets now.
Bottom of the 9th: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 4
Lousy baseball there by the Red Sox. Hall (2 for 4) singled. Nava was then called on to bunt. He had three bunts in 273 minor league games and it showed as he tapped one in front of plate and Martin threw out Hall at second.
Nava was 9 for 24 since he showed up. Let him swing.
McDonald then struck out. Scutaro walked and now big Jon Broxton will face Pedroia with two outs and two on.
Meanwhile, McDonald was allowed to bat with Mike Lowell available. Terry Francona must have been determined not to use Mike Cameron today.
Middle of the 9th: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 4
DeWitt grounded to first and Kemp flied to center. Papelbon did his job. Now Ronald Belisario will come in for the Dodgers. He’ll have the lower third of the order unless Terry Francona has a surprise up his sleeve.
Top of the 9th: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 4
Trouble for Papelbon. Anderson (3 for 4) singled and pinch runner Reed Johnson was bunted to second. One out and a runner at second for DeWitt, Kemp to follow.
Top of the 9th: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 4
Kuo is filthy. He just retired the side in order, striking out Youkilis and Beltre. He hit 97 several times. Martinez fouled out to first as Loney reached over into the photo well and made a terrific catch.
Papelbon in for the ninth.
Three things: The Sox are 5-12 in day games, 1-7 in extra innings and 11-11 in one-run games. Yikes.
Middle of the 8th: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 4
Okajima retired the side in order, getting Manny and Loney to pop out before striking out Blake.
Top of the 8th: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 4
Scutaro singled, knocking Weaver out of the game. In came, Hong-Chi Kuo, the hard-throwing lefty. Pedroia singled off him, driving Scutaro to second. But David Ortiz fanned to end the inning
Bottom of the 7th: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 4
So much for that as Nava grounds to second. Hey, I took a shot. I haven’t made too many good decisions in that regard lately.
Middle of the 7th: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 4
Okajima ended the inning. Now the Sox will have Nava, McDonald and Scutaro against Weaver.
I’m calling it: Nava goes deep.
Top of the 7th: Dodgers 4, Red Sox 4
Kemp delivered a sacrifice fly to right. Hall made a strong throw, but it was high and up the third base line a bit. Wakefield loses his chance at a victory.
Delcarmen then walked Martin on four pitches and now Okajima is in.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 3
Anderson started the inning with a ground-rule double to right field. With one out, DeWitt drove a ball down the right-field line that eluded Hall. DeWitt was credited with an RBI double. He took third on an error, Hall’s second of the game.
Now Delcarmen is in to try and hold the lead with a runner on third and one out. Tough duty. He’ll face Kemp and Martin.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2
Beltre singled with two outs off Weaver but Hall struck out. Wakefield back out for the seventh with Manny Delcarmen warming up.
Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2
Youkilis hit one over everything in left to knock Padilla out of the game. He now has 14 on the season, Padilla departs having allowed four runs on five hits over 5.1 innings. Frankly, that’s better than I expected given his long layoff.
Jeff Weaver in now for the Dodgers.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 2
Manny dropped one into the Monster Seats with two outs, his first dinger at Fenway Park since July 28, 2008 off Francisco Rodriguez. Wakefield then finished the inning off. Manny is now 3 for 8 in the series with three runs scored.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 1
The Sox went in order against Padilla, who has retired six straight since V-Mart’s homer. He has thrown 79 pitches in his first start since coming off the DL. You have to wonder how much he has left.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 1
Wakefield walked Carroll to lead off the inning then got three fly balls. He is throwing a gem so far and has allowed six earned runs in his last 19.2 innings. Solid.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 1
Youkilis started the inning with a single before Martinez blasted a home run in the vistors bullpen in right field. It was his ninth of the season and he now has 37 RBIs, tops among all catchers in baseball. He has driven in 18 of those runs in the last 23 games.
Middle of the 4th: Dodgers 1, Red Sox 1
Wakefield worked around a two-out walk to Blake by getting Anderson to ground to second. His line so far: 4 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts and 61 pitches, 41 of them for strikes.
Top of the 4th: Dodgers 1, Red Sox 1
Padilla was dealing in that inning as he fanned Scutaro and Ortiz. The four guys in the order are 0-7.
Middle of the 3rd: Dodgers 1, Red Sox 1
The Sox made Wakefield work hard in that inning. With one out, Kemp reached on a throwing error by Beltre and was thrown out stealing. Then Martin grounded to short and Scutaro’s throw was high. Martin stole second but Wakefield struck out Ethier.
Three errors today. Let all the lame run-prevention jokes begin.
Top of the 3rd: Dodgers 1, Red Sox 1
Martinez drew a walk and scored when Hall singled to left and Nava had a two-out double to the gap in left. Hall was held at third and stayed there when McDonald grounded out.
How great has Daniel Nava been? He has seven RBIs in six games.
Middle of the 2nd: Dodgers 1, Red Sox 0
Manny singled to left and then stole second. It was his his first steal since 2008. He had seven as a member of the Red Sox.
With two outs, Anderson singled to right and Manny scored. Smart move by Joe Torre starting Anderson, who was 19 of 71 against Wakefield. That’s only .268 but at least he knew what was coming.
Wake struck out Carroll to end the inning. He has fanned four today already.
Top of the 2nd: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0
The Sox went in order against Padilla. Scutaro and Pedroia popped to second and Ortiz flied to left field.
Middle of the 1st: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0
Wakefield retired the side in order. Grounder, strikeout, fly ball. This is his 200th start at Fenway, matching Roger Clemens for the most in history.
Top of the 1st: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0
We’re about to get underway here at Fenway. It’s a perfect day for baseball. Tim Wakefield is warming up.
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