Red Sox fall to Indians 9-1

End of the 9th: Indians 9, Red Sox 1

The Sox go down 1-2-3 in the 9th, and this one mercifully comes to a close.

Middle of the 9th: Indians 9, Red Sox 1

Dustin Richardson gives up a single to Choo but avoids any further damage.

End of the 8th: Indians 9, Red Sox 1

Hall goes down swinging, and that’s the end of the inning. The slow exodus to the exits has now begun in earnest here at Fenway.

Bottom of the 8th: Indians 9, Red Sox 1

Beltre crushes a double off the wall to the deepest part of the ballpark, but Ortiz can’t make it from first to home. Runners on second and third with two out for Bill Hall.

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Middle of the 8th: Indians 9, Red Sox 1

Manny Delcarmen puts the Indians down 1-2-3 in the 8th.

End of the 7th: Indians 9, Red Sox 1

Jed Lowrie led off the inning with a single, but again, that was all for the Sox.

Scutaro ended the inning by popping out to the third, and he reacted by tossing his bat down the first-base line. It’s been that kind of night.

Middle of the 7th: Indians 9, Red Sox 1

A fly out from Trevor Crowe ends the inning, but the damage is most certainly done. A predictably somber “Take Me Out To the Ball Game.”

Top of the 7th: Indians 9, Red Sox 1

Nix brings in another run for the Indians on a sac fly to deep center field, and Andy Marte follows it up with a three-run homer into the Monster Seats in left. This one has gotten ugly.

Top of the 7th: Indians 5, Red Sox 1

Scutaro charges in for a soft chopper off the bat of Duncan, but the throw pulls Cash off the plate and Donald is able to score.

Top of the 7th: Indians 4, Red Sox 1

Donald starts the inning with a single, and on the next at-bat, Cabrera hits a sharp grounder down the first-base line that gets under Martinez’ glove and allows the runners to move to second and third. That’s an E-3. Atchison gives Choo an intentional pass, and the Indians have the bases loaded with nobody out.

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End of the 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 1

Hall with a weak ground ball to second, and that will end the inning for the Sox.

Bottom of the 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 1

Sipp strikes out Drew and Beltre swinging, and Francona brings in Bill Hall to pinch hit for the lefty Kalish. Acta responds accordingly, and right-handed Joe Smith is headed in from the Indians bullpen.

Bottom of the 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 1

Martinez walks, and that brings Manny Acta to the mound. Tony Sipp is on to face J.D. Drew.

Bottom of the 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 1

Ortiz leads off the inning with a bomb to dead center field. Big Papi is in the midst of a 13-game hit streak, his longest since 2007.

Middle of the 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 0

Scott Atchison snags the ground ball off the bat of Marson and turns and throws to second to start the inning-ending double play. Managed to do it on a hit and run, too.

Top of the 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 0

Marte follows up the Nix home run with a base hit into left field, and Francona is headed out to the mound sans trainer. That’s it for Lester. Scott Atchison on for Boston.

Top of the 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 0

Jayson Nix laces a 2-2 pitch off the foul pole in right to start the inning. He smoked that thing. 4-0, Indians.

Top of the 6th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0

Francona and a trainer to the mound for a second time. This meeting only lasts a few seconds, and they’re headed back to the dug out.

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End of the 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0

Kevin Cash is aboard to start an inning for the second time tonight, but again, the Sox could do nothing with it. Jacoby Ellsbury flew out to center field, and Marco Scutaro followed it up with an easy 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. They have three hits in five innings against Masterson, who comes into the game with a 1.63 WHIP.

Middle of the 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0

Martinez picks a low throw from Scutaro to end the inning. Scott Atchison was up throwing in the Sox pen at one point during that last inning. We’ll see how much longer Lester stays in the game after that visit to the mound. I’m sure we won’t know what the issue was until after the game is over.

Top of the 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0

Francona and a member of the Sox training staff have headed out to the mound. It’s not immediately apparent what the issue might be. Lester was bent over after the double by Duncan, and he seems to be trying to stretch something out. Maybe his back. Maybe some cramping in his leg. Either way, he’s going to stay in the game.

Top of the 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0

With two outs, Shelley Duncan hits a double to the wall in left field, and Crowe scores to make it 3-0.

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

Two straight balls ripped down the third base line for base hits. The second of which, off the bat of Jason Donald, hit the top of Beltre’s glove before rolling into foul territory and allowing Lou Marson to move to third.

Asdrubal Cabrera followed that up with a fly ball to the wall in left, and Marson was easily able to tag up and score from third.

End of the 4th: Indians 1, Red Sox 0

The struggles with runners in scoring position continue for the Sox. Beltre singled and moved J.D. Drew to second after Drew reached base on a fielder’s choice, but Ryan Kalish followed it up with a strike out and Jed Lowrie grounded out to first to end the inning.

Middle of the 4th: Indians 1, Red Sox 0

Lester retires the next three Indians to end the inning without any more trouble.

Top of the 4th: Indians 1, Red Sox 0

Matt LaPorta just led off the 4th with an absolute shot off the Green Monster, but Ryan Kalish was able to collect it off one bounce and make the throw to second to keep LaPorta to a single.

That wall is a new challenge for anyone that’s never dealt with it before, and Kalish has done his part to learn it quickly. He’s been out more than three hours before games fielding balls hit off of it by a coach standing at the start of the outfield grass.

End of the 3rd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0

Kevin Cash leads off the 3rd with a double, but for the second straight inning, the Sox can’t do anything with it. Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out, and Scutaro and Ortiz followed with strike outs. The Sox are 0-6 with runners in scoring position over the last two innings.

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

Lester manages to get out of a potentially crippling situation without a ton of damage. Following the run, Lester managed to keep the next three balls in the infield for easy outs that also didn’t let the runners advance. The throw was certainly a mistake, but stopping the damage there could come up big later on.

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

A miscue by Lester allows the Indians to get on the board first. Lou Marson put a bunt down to the third-base side, and Lester was able to field it with enough time to have a play at third. The throw went well wide of Beltre, and Marte was able to come in to score as Crowe and Marson moved to third and second, respectively.

Top of the 3rd: Indians 0, Red Sox 0

A walk to Andy Marte to start the inning and a single by Trevor Crowe to follow it up have the Indians with runners on first and second and nobody out.

End of the 2nd: Indians 0, Red Sox 0

The Sox fail to get Martinez home from third. Beltre grounded out to Masterson with one out, and after a Ryan Kalish walk, Matt LaPorta made a diving stop on a Jed Lowrie ground ball down the first-base line to end the inning.

Bottom of the 2nd: Indians 0, Red Sox 0

Double off the W.B. Mason section of the Green Monster for Victor Martinez to start off the 2nd. He moves to third on a fielder’s choice from J.D. Drew.

Middle of the 2nd: Indians 0, Red Sox 0

Three strikeouts for Lester through two as the Indians go down in order again. Lester is hitting his spots on both sides of the plate right now.

End of the 1st: Indians 0, Red Sox 0

The Sox go down 1-2-3 in the 1st as Ellsbury pops out in his first at-bat followed by a line out to left by Scutaro and a ground out by Ortiz.

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

A pretty strong ovation as Ellsbury steps to the plate for the first time in a long time.

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

Good start for Lester as the Indians go down 1-2-3 in the first with Shin-Soo Choo looking at strike three.

Quick note: Lester had never lost three starts in a row in his entire career before the latest three game stretch. Should mean that he’s set to bounce back tonight.

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

Hey, folks. We’re about 15 minutes from the first pitch here at Fenway as Jon Lester looks to break out of a bit of a slump against Justin Masterson and the Indians. The windows are closed in the press box at the moment, and I wouldn’t mind if it stayed that way. It’s a hot one tonight. As always, we welcome and appreciate your thoughts and comments.

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