Final: Indians 12, Sox 3

Final: Cleveland 12, Red Sox 3 That’s it from Fenway Park, where the Indians made Terry Francona’s return as an opposing manager a triumphant one in a 12-3 romp over the Red Sox before a crowd of 35,254.

Bottom 7th: Indians 12, Red Sox 3: Scott Barnes entered the game in relief of Cody Allen and retired the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion. The skies opened up. The Bruins lost in New York in Game 4. And the Sox were hopelessly out of this one. Not a good night in Beantown.

Junichi Tazawa was summoned in the eighth to relieve Craig Breslow.

Top 7th: Indians 12, Red Sox 3: Craig Breslow helps turn a 1-6-3 double play to help his cause after hit puts runners on the corners with a one-out walk to Carlos Santana, who drew his fourth walk in as many at-bats, and a single to left by Mark Reynolds (3-for-3 with a walk and 3 RBIs).


Bottom 6th: Indians 12, Red Sox 3: Indians righty reliever Cord Allen retired the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out the first two batters he faced: Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

A loud boo erupted in the stands at 9:46 p.m., but it wasn’t aimed at the Red Sox. It was a reaction to the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.

Alex Wilson (1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 K) gave way to Craig Breslow in the top of the 7th.

Top 6th: Indians 12, Red Sox 3: After Carlos Santana drew his third walk in his third consecutive at-bat, it spelled the end of Clayton Mortensen’s night, who handed the baton to Alex Wilson with none out and the bases loaded in the top of the sixth.

The Indians broke out the whuppin’ stick on Wilson, who gave up an RBI single to Mark Reynolds (giving him 3 RBIs for the game) and a two-run double to left by catcher Yan Gomes that gave the Indians a six-run lead.

Drew Stubbs rifled a two-run triple over the head of Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, making it 11-3 before Michael Bourn ripped an RBI single to right, scoring Stubbs to make it 12-3.


Wilson struck out Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera to extricate himself from the messy sixth.

Cody Allen relieved Zach McAllister in the bottom of the sixth. McAllister went five innings, allowed three runs on five hits (including a three-run homer) and three walks while striking out five batters. He threw 96 pitches, 61 strikes.

Bottom 5th: Indians 6, Red Sox 3: McAllister struggled in this frame, walking Daniel Nava after recording a punchout of lead-off hitter Jacoby Ellsbury, then throwing a wild pitch to David Ortiz to put Nava on second.

McAllister, whose pitch count rose to 96 pitches after five innings, ended the inning when he induced Ortiz to ground to third. Seemed to be McAllister’s last out of the night with all the action going on in Cleveland’s bullpen.

Top 5th: Indians 6, Red Sox 3: Michael Bourn hit an RBI single to right, scoring Mike Aviles, who hit an infield single that ricocheted off Mortensen and stole second.

The biggest cheer of the inning came when the Bruins scored their third goal of the night to break a 2-2 tie in the third period in Game 4 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals vs. the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Bottom 4th: Indians 5, Red Sox 3: Very economical inning for Mr. McAllister. Three up. Three down. Though four innings, McAllister has thrown 78 pitches, 51 strikes.

Defensive change for Sox: Pedro Ciriaco replaced Will Middlebrooks at third base in the top of the fifth. Middlebrooks struggled at the plate, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.
Update: 9:14 p.m. The Sox announced Middlebrooks left the game with low back spasms.


Top 4th: Indians 5, Red Sox 3: Asdrubal Cabrera’s RBI single to left scored Michael Bourn, who reached on a lead-off double off the wall that greeted reliever Clayton Mortensen.

Mortensen got Michael Brantley to fly to center, walked Carlos Santana, then induced Mark Reynolds to ground to short for the inning-ending force out on Santana at second.

Bottom 3d: Indians 4, Red Sox 3: With one mighty swat of his bat, Sox DH David Ortiz pulled the Sox within one run after belting a three-run homer to the bleachers in right. Ortiz clobbered a first-pitch fastball from Zach McAllister for his eighth homer of the season.

Big Papi might have tied it had Jacoby Ellsbury not been thrown out at the plate by center fielder Michael Bourn after Dustin Pedroia laced a single up the middle with two men on. Ortiz made McAllister pay, though.

Clayton Mortensen was summoned to relieve Ryan Dempster (3 IP, 4 runs, 5 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts) in the top of the fourth.

Top 3d: Indians 4, Red Sox 0: Mark Reynolds came to the plate with the bases loaded and ripped an 2-RBI single to left off Ryan Dempster, giving the Indians a three-run lead.

Carlos Santana, who reached on the second of three walks Dempster issued in the inning, made it 4-0 when he scored on Mike Aviles’ hard grounder to short that wound up erasing Yan Gomes at second on the force out. Dempster got out of the jam when he struck out Drew Stubbs (looking, 81 splitter). Clayton Mortensen was up in the pen warming up as Dempster walked toward the dugout after throwing 85 pitches through the first three innings.

Bottom 2d: Indians 1, Red Sox 0: Sox threaten when Mike Napoli reaches on a lead-off single to left, goes to second when Jarrod Saltalamacchia draws a walk, and reaches third on Stephen Drew’s sacrifice fly to center, putting men on the corners with two outs.

Sox unable to push across tying run, however, when Mike Carp grounds to short.

Top 2d: Indians 1, Red Sox 0: With two men aboard, No. 9 hitter Drew Stubbs hit a stubby pop fly to shallow right that eluded the outstretched glove of diving second baseman Dustin Pedroia. It dropped for an RBI double that scored first baseman Carlos Santana, who reached on a leadoff bunt single that did a tight-rope walk down the third base line.

Dempster, who threw 45 pitches (29 strikes) through the first two innings, minimized the damage when he got Michael Bourn to ground to first to end the inning.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0: Nice video tribute for the former Sox players on Cleveland’s roster — Matt Albers, Mike Aviles, Rich Hill, all of whom received some warm applause. But real ovation broke out — along with chant’s of “Tito! Tito!” — when former Boston manager Terry Francona was shown on the board. It was the highlight of an inning in which the Red Sox only mustered a (well-struck) one-out double to right by Daniel Nava.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0: Ryan Dempster allows a single up the middle by Jason Kipnis after recording a game-opening strikeout of Michael Bourn. Kipnis wound up getting stranded at first when Dempster induced Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley to fly to left. Sox left fielder Mike Carp made the last out look a little dicey when the 20-mile-per-hour winds played a trick on him as he made the inning-ending catch.

Pregame Greetings from Fenway Park where the Red Sox will welcome the return of former manager Terry Francona, now manager of the Cleveland Indians. Francona held forth with the media before the game in the visiting dugout (has got to be a weird feeling for Tito, no?). He will send RHP Zach McAllister (3-3, 2.65 ERA) to the mound to oppose RHP Ryan Dempster (2-4, 4.27), who will be looking for his first victory since May 2 in the opener of this four-game series against the Tribe.

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