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Red Sox down Dodgers 2-0

Game over: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

That’s all, folks. Scutaro puts a little flair into the final putout to first, and the Red Sox win. Thanks a lot for all the comments.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Casey Blake goes down swinging on a big-time fastball by Papelbon. Two down in the 9th. 97 mph according to the TV telecast.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Beat L.A. chants coming from the crowd at Fenway. Too soon? Probably too soon.

End of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

After sending a dangerously hard hit ball foul down the third baseline, Adrian Beltre goes down swinging to end the inning. And…we’re shipping up to Boston. Synchronized clapping from the fans at Fenway and the ominous tones of Dropkick Murphys as Papelbon makes his way to the mound.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Justin Miller intentionally walks Victor Martinez to put runners on the corners with two outs. Joe Torre out for a quick visit to the mound with Adrian Beltre coming to the plate. Victor was 0-for on the day, and Beltre sailed the last pitch he saw out near the center field seats. We’ll see how this works out.

Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Laser Show. Pedroia laces a ball into the gap in right-center and dives head-first into third for a triple to start the inning.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Scary moment for Boston as Loney lifts a pitch high and deep to left. Nava makes the play at the wall. Inning over. Sweet Caroline time.

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Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Fans on their feet with a 1-2 count to Manny, but he sends a 99-mph fastball to right field for his second base hit of the night.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

In case anyone was wondering, Daniel Bard throws hard. Like, really hard. Matt Kemp goes down swinging to start the 8th.

End of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

1-2-3 for the Red Sox in the 7th. Gutsy showing by Kuroda despite some bumps in the road early on. He’s thrown 115 pitches and struck out 9 while keeping LA in it. Bard back on to face the top of the Dodger order in the 8th.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Well, that was quick. One pitch and one harmless grounder later, Bard is out of the inning and the Dodgers are still without a run. Meanwhile, a guy named Doug Hummel is rocking God Bless America between innings.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

And that’s all for Clay Buchholz. 6 2/3 innings, 3 hits and most importantly, no runs earned or otherwise. Daniel Bard in to face Jamey Carroll with runners on the corners and two out.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Ouch. After retiring two straight Dodgers, Buchholz catches Blake Dewitt flush on his right leg with a fastball. Looks like Dewitt is going to have to come out of the game. Chin-lung Hu on to pinch run for Dewitt.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

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My apologies. I honestly didn’t think I had enough cosmic pull to be jinx-worthy. But a Garret Anderson ground-rule double to start the 7th means the tying run is at the plate for the Dodgers.

End of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Nava strikes out, and the Red Sox come away empty again. It may not matter. Buchholz hasn’t allowed a base runner since the 3rd inning, and Daniel Bard is up in the pen for Boston. Somehow, this game turned into a textbook outing for the Red Sox.

Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Beltre scorches a ball into center. One hop off the wall and he easily trots into second for a double. That puts his hitting streak at 10 games with five of them being multi-hit games.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Another 1-2-3 inning for Buchholz. When things are going right, they’re really going right. Both Buchholz and the Red Sox seem to have a pretty good mojo about them right now.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Very nice sliding catch by Nava to rob Andre Ethier of a hit. Ethier’s hitless for the series, and for non-Red Sox AL fans who rarely get to see him play, that’s a shame. The guy is really good.

End of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Ortiz strikes out to end the inning. Both pitchers have managed to find something resembling a rhythm. This game has finally settled into relative normalcy.

Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

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Casey Blake keeping things really interesting over there at third base for the Dodgers. After nearly throwing away a ground ball from Marco Scutaro, he fielded a Dustin Pedroia chopper on the run, threw to first on the move and made James Loney pick it out of the dirt for the second out of the inning.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

The Dodgers go down 1-2-3 in the 5th. For all the craziness that has gone on tonight, Clay Buchholz still hasn’t given up a run. We’ll see how much more we get of Buchholz tonight. He’s already at 88 pitches, thanks mostly to that 30-pitch debacle in the 1st.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Adrian Beltre flashing all sorts of leather. From his knees, Beltre snagged a Jamey Carroll rocket to third base on one hop before easily throwing Carroll out at first. He’s making the highlight reel in all sorts of ways lately.

End of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Another uneventful inning. Daniel Nava got plunked on the foot with 1 out, but a Mike Cameron pop out and a Darnell McDonald ground out send the Red Sox away empty.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Right when I was about to say that Buchholz seems to have gotten things under control, he buzzes a fastball by Russell Martin’s head. Either way, he puts LA down 1-2-3 in the third.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

A terrific change-up by Buchholz to strike out Casey Blake. Blake never had a chance.

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End of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Youkilis goes down chasing a pitch outside of the zone, and Martinez with a chopper to short to end the inning. Red Sox come away with just 1 despite two hits to start the inning.

Bottom of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, Dodgers 0

Big Papi with a fly ball to right that’s just deep enough to get Scutaro home from third. 2-0.

Bottom of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0

Two straight base hits for the Red Sox to start off the 3rd. After Scutaro ripped a single into the center, Pedroia with a hard hit ball to right-center field that sends Scutaro to third. Ortiz up with nobody out and runners on the corners.

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0

Manny definitely being Manny on an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. After James Loney’s chopper to Pedroia, Manny managed to make it just over halfway to second base before pulling up.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0

Manny comes up with 1 out and nobody on. Still a mixed response, but this time was a bit more subdued on both sides.

End of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0

Strike ’em out, throw ’em out to end the inning. Daniel Nava caught stealing as Darnell McDonald fans on strike three. In unrelated news, it’s already 9:08 and we just made it out of the 2nd. Theoretically, this game should be over by tomorrow, but there don’t seem to be any guarantees. We’ll keep you posted.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0

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Ah, the old 6-6-4 double play to end the inning. After Buchholz hits Jamey Carroll, he gets Kemp to line out to Marco Scutaro, who then flips the ball to Pedroia to double up Blake Dewitt at second. Nothing standard about this game so far.

Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0

A booted ground ball, two wild pitches, and a throwing error later, the Red Sox lead 1-0. Neither pitcher looking particularly sharp so far. Kuroda’s antics in the 1st are currently baffling the official scorers here at Fenway. After some debate, the run is officially earned. Glad we got that straight.

Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Dodgers 0

Bizarre start for the Red Sox. A stolen base and a throwing error put Dustin Pedroia on third base, and after Hiroki Kuroda gave David Ortiz a free pass to first on a 3-1 count, Kevin Youkilis hits a ground ball that bounces off third base to bring Pedroia home. Hard to do that sequence justice.

Middle of the 1st: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0

Certainly not the start that Buchholz wanted, but he’s out of the inning without any damage. After striking out Anderson with a 96-mph heater, Buchholz got Casey Blake to tap a soft chopper back to the mound. Thirty-pitch innings are never a good way to start.

Top of the 1st: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0

Ripped single up the middle for Manny. And after getting James Loney in an 0-2 hole, Clay Buchholz walks his second batter of the inning. They’re loaded for Garret Anderson.

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Top of the 1st: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0

Mixed reaction as Manny steps in with Andre Ethier already on first base. The cheers definitely outlasted the boos, though.

Top of the 1st: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0

We’re almost ready to go here at Fenway Park. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. It’s good to have you all with us, and we encourage you to add your comments throughout the game.

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