Game over: Rockies 2, Red Sox 1
Mike Cameron stroked his second hit, a single to left between third and short scoring Beltre with Boston’s first run of the night. Beltre doubled to right-center to lead off the ninth. With one out, Bill Hall pinch-hit for lefthanded hitting Josh Reddick with righty Matt Belisle pitching. Hall popped out to right.
Mike Lowell, the MVP of the 2007 World Series, then came on to pinch-hit for Manny Delcarmen with a man aboard and two outs. Lowell smashed a grounder into the shortstop hole on which Clint Barmes made a great diving, rolling stop, got up and threw out the slow-footed Lowell for the final out. The game was played in 2:50.
Bottom 8th: Rockies 2, Red Sox 0
The Rockies got insurance when Ryan Spillborgh’s single (bad hop over Scutaro) scored Todd Helton with the second run. Helton led off the inning with a vicious single off the right field wall against Hideki Okajima. Manny Delcarmen had to finish off the inning.
Bottom 7th: Rockies 1, Red Sox 0
Ramon Ramirez nice job in relief. Two K’s and a 1-2-3 inning. Sox just put out a release that Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland, his dad and Theo Epstein will hold a press conference at noon to update the media and public on his progress from a cavernous malformation in his brain for which he underwent surgery.
Top 7th: Rockies 1, Red Sox 0
National League baseball: advantage Rockies. With the bases loaded, two outs and Jon Lester due up, Terry Francona sent up David Ortiz to pinch hit. Jim Tracy countered with lefty Joe Beimel, who got Ortiz to ground out to second to end the inning. The Sox loaded them up with two walks issued to Beltre and Reddick and a single by Daniel Nava. The one good thing for Sox is Chacin is out of the game. Though he walked five, he had Sox hitters off balance all night allowing no runs and four hits over 6-2/3 innings.
Bottom 5th: Rockies 1, Red Sox 0
Todd Helton has had a miserable season – .243 with 2 homers and 12 RBI entering the game – but his two-out double against Lester broke a scoreless deadlock to give the home team the slight advantage. The Rockies had put the first two batters on base when Chris Nelson slapped his first major league hit to center and Clint Barmes walked. Chacin could have really helped himself by laying down a bunt and moving the runners along, but fouled off three attempts. After Herrera flied out, Helton delivered.
Bottom third: Red Sox 0, Rockies 0
Scare for the Sox when Jon Lester was struck in the lower back with a linedrive by Jonathan Herrera. Lester seemed to be OK and got out of the inning. We’ll see whether it stiffens up on him.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rockies 0
Great opportunity gone by the boards for Red Sox loading the bases with two outs. VMart had the count 3-1, but couldn’t draw the bases-loaded walk and finally grounded out to end the third. Chacin had lost command with a pair of walks to Scutaro and Pedroia. Lester had sacrificed Josh Reddick to second base.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rockies 0
Both starters – Jon Lester allowed a two-out single to Carlos Gonzalez in the first, but no harm. Jhoulys Chacin retired the Sox in order in the first inning. Lester, 8-1 with a 3.13 ERA, is 8-0 over his last 11 starts.