Game over: Red Sox 12, Indians 1: Scott Atchison spotted the Indians a Michael Brantley double, but finished the game for Boston. The Red Sox have won three straight. They pounded Indians pitching for 12 hits. Time of game was 2:37 before 37,611, the 730th consecutive sellout. Daniel Bard was the winning pitcher going six innings and allowing one run. He’s now 3-4. Justin Masterson took the loss.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 12, Indians 1: Mauro Gomez made his Red Sox debut, pinch-hitting for David Ortiz. Gomez was called up when Darnell McDonald went on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain. He struck out after hitting a couple of hard balls foul.
Top 8th: Red Sox 12, Indians 1: Matt Albers pitched a perfect inning.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 12, Indians 1:The Red Sox scored six times highlighted by a two-run double by Daniel Nava and a two-run homer by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Ortiz also drove in a run with a single after Dustin Pedroia doubled. Ortiz scored on a wild pitch. Former Sox reliever Dan Wheeler took the beating.
Top 7th: Red Sox 6, Indians 1: As we start the 7th, Bard is out. He went 6 innings, allowed 6 hits, 1 run, 4 walks and struck out 2. He threw 97 pitches. Rich Hill is pitching. Hill struck out two in an impressive 1-2-3 inning.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 6, Indians 1: Daniel Nava was hit with a pitch again. He stole second and scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s single to left which Johnny Damon misplayed.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Indians 1: Choo reached on a bunt single and Brantley singled, but Bard got out of it.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Indians 1: Masterson has had a strange outing, good and bad. This inning was good with two K’s (Ortiz and Middlebrooks).
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Indians 1: Bard allowed a Kipnis single, but escaped harm.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Indians 1: Ryan Sweeney singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but Dustin Pedroia’s hot liner almost took Justin Masterson’s head off, but he caught it to end the inning.
Top 4th: Red Sox 5, Indians 1: Nothing comes easy for Daniel Bard. He created a second-and-third-one-out situation (a single by Santana and a double by Brantley) and got out of it, but his pitch count has soared to 75 through four.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, Indians 1: Will Middlebrooks belted his fourth homer, a solo shot on a 1-0 pitch from Masterson, with one out in the third.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Indians 1: Bard got himself into problems with his control. He walked three batters in the inning including Asdrubal Cabera with the bases loaded, but got Hafner to knock into a double play to get out of a potentially big inning.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 4, Indians 0: The top of the Sox order – Sweeney, Pedroia and Ortiz – are retired quickly by Masterson.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 4, Indians 0: Bard spots the Indians a leadoff walk to Travis Hafner but then retires the side.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 4, Indians 0: Former Red Sox righty Justin Masterson is on the mound today. He retired the first two Red Sox batters, but the next six batters reached base. He walked David Ortiz and then surrendered a double off the wall to Adrian Gonzalez. Ortiz, bothered by left heel bursitis, stopped at third. But he was knocked in by Will Middlebrooks, who lined a single to left, hit too hard to score the slow-footed Gonzalez from second base.
Never fear. The red-hot Daniel Nava, inside-outed a low fastball off the left field wall scoring Gonzalez and sending Middlebrooks to third. Cody Ross ran the count to 3-2 before Masterson hit him with a pitch to load the bases. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had the chance to inflict some real harm to Masterson’s outing, and he did. Salty stroked a two-run single to right. Finally, Mike Aviles popped out to end the inning. But a nice two-out rally.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0: Strong start for Daniel Bard, who mows down the Tribe in order in the top of the first. It’s 72 degrees at game time.