Game over: Red Sox 13, Rockies 11:
Papelbon holds on and retires the side in the 10th. The Red Sox win. A full house of 48,582 watched as the Sox were able to win one game of this very exciting series. The Red Sox used seven pitchers and their bullpen will likely be in shambles tomorrow in San Francisco.
Top 10th: Red Sox 13, Rockies 11
The first career 3-homer game for Dustin Pedroia. It came at the right time. After Marco Scutaro had reached with an infield hit, Pedroia, with one blasted a Huston Street pitch into the left field seats to retake the lead. That’s a 5-for-5 night, three homers, reaching base six times. One more chance for Papelbon.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 11, Rockies 11
Second time was a….mess as well. Papelbon blew it again. Not totally, But he allowed two runs on Brad Hawpe’s bloop single to left which scored Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez with one out. This coming on the heels of his horrendous loss Wednesday night. Papelbon started well by striking out Herrerra. With runners at first and third Gonzalez stole second without a throw. After Hawpe’s hit, Smith drove one to the deepest part of rightcenter where Darnell McDonald had to make acatch at the wall to salavage the game. Papelbon was able to compose himself and got Olivo to fly out to left field. Here we go to extras.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 11, Rockies 9
Scott Atchison went as far as he could go. With two on and two out and Jason Giambi due up, Francona hooked Atch for Daniel Bard. Giambi, who won Wednesday night’s game with a two-run walk-off homer against Jonathan Papelbon, singled to score Seth Smith with the ninth Rockies run, but Bard got pinch-hitter Melvin Mora to chase a slider out of the strike zone to strike out to end the inning. We’re probably looking at Papelbon in the ninth.
Top 8th: Red Sox 11, Rockies 8
Dustin Pedroia took hitting in the three-hole very seriously tonight. Two homers, on base five times with four hits and walk and three RBI. Pedroia struck for a two-run blast with Daniel Nava aboard in the 8th. Nava reached when he struck out, but a wild pitch got him to first base safely.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 9, Rockies 8
It was down to Scott Atchison to pitch the seventh and the journeyman reliever put up the zero. While he allowed a single to Herrera, Varitek tossed him out for the second time trying to steal.
Top 7th: Red Sox 9, Rockies 8
Have to admit, this series has been pretty exciting. The Red Sox came back from that six-run inning with three runs to retake the lead. Jason Varitek’s two-run double off Manny Corpas was the big blow. But prior to that Beltre knocked in his third run of the game with a single to the right side that got through scoring Boston’s first run of the inning. Nava and Pedroia (third hit) had reached with singles against Joe Beimel, who also retired Ortiz on a fielder’s choice before giving way to Corpas.
Bottom 6th: Rockies 8, Red Sox 6
Manny Delcarmen: three batters, all three reached. A quick end to Delcarmen’s night. And Colorado overtook the Sox. It was a tough place for Hideki Okajima to come in, but even though the next two batters reached and two runs scored, not his fault. Helton blooped a two-run single to left on a pitch that was almost in the dirt which Helton got the end of the bat on. Gonzalez reached on an infield hit on which Beltre made a strangely soft overhand throw to Ortiz. Hard to tell if he just didn’t want to use his usual sidearm delivery and let it loose, or he wasn’t sure if he could get the runner and didn’t want to throw it away. It reloaded the basis. Then Beltre made a very good over-the-shoulder catch on Hawpe’s pop up. Beltre just raced back as hard as he could as soon as Hawpe hit it and was able to make the catch in short left. After Smith popped up, Olivo hit a ball that Ortiz fielded to his right, but his throw was slightly behind a slightly late-to-the bag Okajima to score another run. Okajima went 0-2 to Stewart, but he lined a single to center scoring two more runs. Ramon Ramirez had to come on, but not much changed. Barmes singled to right scoring the sixth run of the inning before Ryan Spliborghs lined out to short to end the damaging inning.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, Rockies 2
Dice-K is done after five innings and 105 pitches as J.D. Drew pinch-hit for him in the sixth. In the bottom of the fifth, Beltre made his 13th error on a bad throw, but it didn’t cost the Sox. The Dice-Man went 5 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts. He also hit a batter and didn’t seem to show any signs of the forearm strain that caused him to have to miss two starts with DL time.
Top 5th: Red Sox 6, Rockies 2
Walks will kill you and so won’t Adrian Beltre. The American League’s fifth best hitter (.336) entering tonight’s game, Beltre stroked a two-run homer, his 11th, after he’s already walked and doubled. Dustin Pedroia, who has homered and doubled, walked to lead off the inning and after Ortiz flied out to left, Beltre jumped all over the lefties 1-2 offering. Update:Darnell McDonald has gone in to play right field in the bottom of the fifth. Reddick may have injured a knee or a leg when he crashed into the railing while chasing after a foul ball in foul territory in right field in the fourth inning.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Rockies 2
Every now and then you see a glimpse of why Cameron has won three Gold Gloves. His diving catch of Ian Stewart’s drive to leftcenter was case in point. On the flip side, Marco Scutaro saw Clint Barmes’ grounder go through his legs for an error. No bad hop (see Game 1) this time. Chris Nelson singled after Josh Reddick couldn’t reach his foul ball down the right field line. After the error, Dice-K reloaded the bases before he got Carlos Gonzalez grounding out to Ortiz to end the inning. Dice-K was up to 92 pitches through four innings, the error by Scutaro really amping up the pitch count, Hamels went 4 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 4 ks. He threw 87 pitches. Franklin Morales was on to pitch the fifth.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Rockies 2
Who needs the DH? Sox pitchers are raking. After John Lackey had two hits last night, Dice-K has just stroked a single to right scoring Mike Cameron with the fourth Boston run of the inning vs. Jason Hammel. Well, that “poor” Cameron we wrote about earlier, put a similar swing as he did in the second inning and sent a long drive to left-center that a diving Carlos Gonzalez couldn’t come up with. It scored Ortiz and Beltre to give Boston its first lead. Dustin Pedroia hit a 2-0 pitch into the left field bleachers, his 10th homer, to put the Sox on the board to lead off the inning and ending Hammel’s 28-1/3 inning scoreless streak. Ortiz followed with a single and Beltre moved him to third with a double to the leftcenter gap. Ortiz nearly got picked off third on a snap throw from Miguel Olivo, but just dove back in time. Hammel went 3-0 and 3-1 to Varitek before the catcher lined out on a diving catch by Ian Stewart at third base.
Bottom 2nd: Rockies 2, Red Sox 0
That’s better. Only 11 pitches for Dice-K. He caught a break when Jonathan Herrerra was thrown out trying to steal by Varitek after he’d singled to left with one out.
Top 2nd: Rockies 2, Red Sox 0
Poor Mike Cameron. Bad enough his production has been hampered by a sports hernia. He sent a long drive to the deepest part of centerfield – the left of the 415 marker – and it was caught right against the wall by Carlos Gonzalez. Adrian Beltre led off with a walk against starter Jason Hammel, but Varitek whiffed, Cameron made his bid and Josh Reddick took a called K.
Bottom 1st: Rockies 2, Red Sox 0
Welcome back Dice-K. Feels like you never left. The good news is you looked like your old self. It took you 30 pitches to retire the first batter. The three walks and two singles (a two-run single by Brad Hawpe, a chopper over Adrian Beltre’s head accounted for both runs) and one visit to the mound by John Farrell only led to two Rockies’ runs. You stranded the bases loaded and got out of the inning with a mere 37 pitches.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rockies 0
Dustin Pedroia, batting third tonight, laced a double down the first-base line into rightfield. David Ortiz couldn’t get the run home with a ground out to shortstop. Good to see Sox owner John Henry, who is on the trip and stopped by to say hello before the game. Assistant general manager Ben Cherington, who could be the next Sox executive to get plucked for a GM job, is also here with the team.