Game over: Red Sox 6, Indians 2
Hideki Okajima could only get Jordan Brown out as the Indians scored a run before manager Terry Francona brought in Jonathan Papelbon to get the last two outs of the game. Papelbon struck out Andy Marte and Trevor Crowe. For Papelbon, it’s his 26th save of the season.
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Indians 1
The Red Sox caught a break when Cleveland catcher Lou Marson interfered with Jacoby Ellsbury’s swing. If Marson hadn’t interfered with his glove, Ellsbury would have grounded to second base for an 0-for-9 start to his return. Instead, Ellsbury was award first base, which started the Red Sox rally. David Ortiz walked, followed by a single from Victor Martinez. J.D. Drew then drove in two runs with a single to right.
Darnell McDonald pinch-ran for later Drew in the inning and has replaced him in right field. Hideki Okajima has replaced Daisuke Matsuzaka to pitch the ninth.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
An impressive inning by Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was able to get three groundball outs from the top of Cleveland’s lineup. Matsuzaka did a really nice job of going inside-outside to Shin-Soo Choo with his pitch selection. When Choo did connect, he hit a weak groundball to Bill Hall.
Reliever Frank Herrmann has replaced Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin. Here is Tomlin’s line: 7 innings, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts.
Matsuzaka walked off the field to a standing ovation. Here is Matsuzaka’s line, given Jonathan Papelbon will come to close: 8 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
Mike Lowell hits a single off the Green Monster, but Ryan Kalish flys out and Bill Hall pops up to the first baseman to end the inning. Manager Terry Francona shows some confidence in Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is back on the mound to start the eighth inning.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
That might be the night for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was able to get around a single and a stolen base from Jayson Nix without allowing any damage. With Hideki Okajima warming in the Red Sox bullpen, manager Terry Francona might be satisfied with the strong seven innings he’s gotten from Matsuzaka.
Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
The Red Sox go down in order.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
The Red Sox are able to get back in the dugout quick after Daisuke Matsuzaka gets three consecutive batters out after giving up a double to Luis Valbuena to start the inning. Matsuzaka also showed off his defensive skills when he moved off the mound to grab a soft grounder from Lou Marson to throw him at first base.
Bottom of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
The Red Sox are able to load the bases by being patient at the plate. Both Victor Martinez and J.D. Drew walked after Marco Scutaro singled to left to give the Red Sox their first hit of the game. Adrian Beltre capped the inning with a grand slam that just cleared the Green Monster. Martinez poked fun at Beltre when he crossed the plate. Martinez rubbed Beltre’s head after removing his helmet. Beltre, who hates to get pounded on the head after hitting home runs, turned around ready to hit someone. Of course Martinez went into the dugout laughing hard. Also, the grand slam extends Beltre’s hitting streak to 11 games.
Top of the 4th: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
Daisuke Matsuzaka strikes out Jayson Nix to end the inning. Bill Hall also made a smart play on a force out at first base on a ball hit by Jordan Brown instead of trying to throw out Matt LaPorta running to second base. Matsuzaka has shown strong presence on the mound with five strikeouts and just two hits allowed. Expect for Shin-Soo Choo homer in the first, Matsuzaka has been steady.
Bottom of the 3rd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox once again go down in order.
Top of the 3rd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
Daisuke Matsuzaka is able to get out a jam by getting Jason Donald to look at a called third strike with Lou Marson stranded on second base.
Bottom of the 2nd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox are retired in order. So far, Josh Tomlin is getting the Sox out with fly balls – five of the six outs have come in the air.
Top of the 2nd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
Daisuke Matsuzaka gets Jayson Nix to ground out to a 6-4-3 double play before striking out Luis Valbuena to end the inning. Already, Matsuzaka is working fast on the mound, which is a good sign for the Red Sox – and the fans – given this game might not be four hours long.
Bottom of the 1st: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox go down in order to Josh Tomlin.
Top of the 1st: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
Starter Daisuke Matsuzaka does strikeout two batters in the inning, but he gives up a homer to Shin-Sho Choo. The home run came off a fastball that was on the lower, outside part of the plate. Choo knew it was good as soon as he hit it. The ball landed a few rows above the Giant Glass sign marked in center field.
Top of the 1st: Indians 0, Red Sox 0
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