The Red Sox have lost 8 out of their last 9 games and continued the free-fall tonight. Derek Lowe got the win for the Indians, he’s now 5-1. Josh Beckett, who lasted 2-1/3 innings and allowed seven runs, got the loss, he’s 2-4. Game time was 3:11. Yes, it was a sellout.
Top 9th: Indians 8, Red Sox 3
Another great job by the Red Sox bullpen which went 6-2/3 innings in relief of the embattled Josh Beckett and allowed one run. The Indians scored a run against Alfredo Aceves in the ninth. Sox starters now have a 6.06 ERA.
Bottom 8th: Indians 7, Red Sox 3
The Red Sox milked three walks – Nava, Punto, and Sweeney to load the bases. With two outs Dustin Pedroia ran the count to 3-2 against Vinnie Pestano but popped out to the first baseman to end the threat.
Top 8th: Indians 7, Red Sox 3
Franklin Morales allows a single to Brantley, his fourth hit, and hit Casey Kotchman, but got out of it.
Bottom 7th: Indians 7, Red Sox 3
Dustin Pedroia homered to right field.
Top 7th: Indians 7, Red Sox 2
The Tribe go down 1-2-3 against Scott Atchison.
Bottom 6th: Indians 7, Red Sox 2
Kelly Shoppach was hit by a Lowe pitch, but Sweeney knocked into a double-play to end the threat.
Top 6th: Indians 7, Red Sox 2
A pair of singles by Brantley and Hannahan didn’t lead to anything.
Bottom 5th: Indians 7, Red Sox 2
With two outs, the Red Sox rallied for a run. Adrian Gonzalez singled off the left field wall, moved to third on Middlebrook’s single and scored on Nava’s double to right. Aviles flew out to right to end the threat.
Top 5th: Indians 7, Red Sox 1
Rich Hill does a nice job in the fifth.
Bottom 4th: Indians 7, Red Sox 1
Daniel Nava reached with a walk and Marlon Byrd and Kelly Shoppach singled to load the bases. But Ryan Sweeney grounded out to first to end the threat. By the way, the empties have filled in. Late-arriving crowd. Some must wonder why they bothered.
Top 4th: Indians 7, Red Sox 1
Johnny Damon reached on an infield hit, but that was it against Miller.
Bottom 3rd: Indians 7, Red Sox 1
Derek Lowe settling in. Nothing doing for Sox.
Top 3rd: Indians 7, Red Sox 1
This couldn’t have gone any worse for Josh Beckett. He lasted only 2-1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits and allowed two home runs. Bobby Valentine was cheered when he came out to get him. Beckett was booed when he came off the field. In the third he allowed a solo homer to Jason Kipnis and then an RBI double to Choo and a two-run double to Brantley. Pretty ugly. Andrew Miller came on in relief.
Bottom 2nd: Indians 3, Red Sox 1
Adrian Gonzalez continued his torrid hitting with a double to leftcenter to lead off the inning. After Lowe threw two more ground ball outs, Mike Aviles slipped a single up the middle to score the run.
Top 2nd: Indians 3, Red Sox 0
Oh boy. Beckett allowed three runs, two coming on a two-run homer by No. 9 hitter Jack Hannahan. Beckett struck out Carlos Santana to start the inning, but Shin-Soo Choo walked and Michael Brantley doubled him to third. Casey Kotchman’s sacrifice fly got the first run in and Hannahan then struck. The crowd booed.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
Old friend Derek Lowe, 4-1 with a 2.39 ERA for the Indians, retired the Red Sox in order in the first. The Red Sox had no interest in Lowe this offseason. Lowe told me before the game that the Indians did tremendous research breaking down is delivery over a three-year span and came up with something that has really helped Lowe remain consistent.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
Shocking to see so many empty seats at the start of this game. Nice tribute to Carl Beane at the outset. Meanwhile, Josh Beckett retired the first two batters before Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to right. He stole third but Beckett got Travis Hafner to ground out to second base.