Game over: Red Sox 6, Indians 5 The Red Sox took three out of four against the Indians with a walk-off win when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled to center scoring two runs with the bases loaded to give the Red Sox their second dramatic come-from-behind win before 37,041 at Fenway.
The Red Sox bench exploded off the bench when Ellsbury came through. It was after Cleveland closer Chris Perez had a rough time of it and finally came out of the game with an injury, leaving Smith in a tough spot with the bases loaded and down on the count, 2-1.
The Red Sox were shut down for the better part of seven innings by Indians starter Corey Kluber who allowed three hits and run and struck out 10 over 6.2 innings. The Red Sox got a Daniel Nava RBI single in the third, a Jose Iglesias’ sacrifice fly in the eighth after a Stephen Drew triple.
In the ninth, after a walk to Dustin Pedroia by Perez, David Ortiz doubled. The first run came when Mike Napoli ground out. Ortiz moved to second and then stole third base when nobody was looking.
Ortiz scored on Jarrod Saltalmacchia’s ground out. Jonny Gomes then extended the inning with a walk. Drew, who had already doubled and tripled, singled to right. Runners were now at first and third and Iglesias came up.
Iglesias had a nice at-bat before walking to load the bases for Jacoby Ellsbury, who got to 2-1 on Perez before the closer had to come out of the game.
Felix Doubront started and allowed four runs, two of them earned, over six innings. Ellsbury was charged with an error when he dropped a shallow fly ball to center after a long run and with Drew about to collide with him. Philadelphia comes in for two games starting Monday night.
Top 9th: Indians 5, Red Sox 2: Breslow retires the side in order. Iglesias makes a nice play on a slow hit ball and one-hopped a throw to first with Napolo scooped up for the out.
Bottom 8th: Indians 5, Red Sox 2: Stephen Drew tripled over Drew Stubbs’ head in right and came in on Iglesias’ sacrifice fly to left center.
Top 8th: Indians 5, Red Sox 1: With Craig Breslow on, Jason Kipnis doubled to right on a ball that drifted away from Daniel Nava with a strong wind blowing toward field. After Asdrubal Cabrera singled, a run scored on Nick Swisher’s sac fly to left. Gomes’ throw to the plate was way in front of the plate where Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught it and threw out Cabrera, who was way off the the first base bag.
Bottom 7th: Indians 4, Red Sox 1: Kluber out after first two outs of the inning (112 pitches). The Sox must be glad to see him go. Kluber K’d 10 and allowed three hits and one run. Rich Hill came on and he couldn’t get Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who walked. Jonny Gomes came on to pinch-hit for Mike Carp and he flew out to the shortstop in short left field.
Top 7th: Indians 4, Red Sox 1 – The line on Felix Doubront: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. He threw 112 pitches. He’s been replaced by Alex Wilson, who walked Michael Bourn but then was caught stealing. Bourn argued the call but to no avail. Terry Francona spent an eternity out there arguing with Tom Hallion. Funny scene as the three of them had their hats off, and still arguing while God Bless America was sung.
Bottom 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 1: Kluber allowed a one-out single to Ellsbury, but struck out Nava and Pedroia.
Top 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 1: No cheapie for Nick Swisher. Hit a solo homer over everything in left. Doubront gets himself through six with 112 pitches.
Bottom 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 1: Red Sox can’t do much against Kluber as they go down in order again.
Top 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 1: Jason Kipnis hit a homer inside the Pesky Pole on on 0-2 pitch by Doubront.
Bottom 4th: Indians 2, Red Sox 1: Sox go down in order.
Top 4th: Indians 2, Red Sox 0: Doubront has seven strikeouts and has retired 11 straight batters. He’s up to 81 pitches.
Bottom 3rd: Indians 2, Red Sox 1: Daniel Nava’s two-out single off the wall scored Stephen Drtew with the first Red Sox run. Drew started the inning with a ground-rule double to break an 0-for-17 slump. After Jose Iglesias was hit with a pitch, Jacoby Ellsbury knocked into a 4-6-3 double-play, but Nava came through. Nava was thrown out trying to stretch the hit to a double.
Top 3rd: Indians 2, Red Sox 0: Good inning for Doubront who struck out two and retired all three batters. The Red Sox employed a righthanded shift on Mark Reynolds.
Bottom 2nd: Indians 2, Red Sox 0: Red Sox can’t clobber Kluber. The Indians righty has struck out four through two innings.
Top 2nd: Indians 2, Red Sox 0: Doubront had learned to economize of late, but not so much in this game. He walked two after the first out. with runners at first and third and two outs, struck out Jason Kipnis to end the inning. Fifty-four pitches in two innings. Bullpen, get ready.
Bottom 1st: Indians 2, Red Sox 0: -Corey Kluber struck out the first two Red Sox batters — Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Nava — but then walked Dustin Pedroia. But Ortiz grounded out into the the shift.
Top 1st: Indians 2, Red Sox 0: It didn’t start well for Felix Doubront with leadoff hitter Michael Bourn stroking a single to right. He stole second base. Jason Kipnis then reached when his short fly between short and center was dropped by Jacoby Ellsbury, and he was charged with an error. But he had to run an eternity for the ball while Stephen Drew was running backward and blocked Ellsbury as he tried to make the catch. Don’t be surprised if this gets changed to a hit.
With runners at first and second, Doubront struck out Asdrubal Cabrera, but Nick Swisher singled into the 5-6 hole to load the bases. Mark Reynolds had the count 2-0, but wound up string out. That left things up to catcher Carlos Santana. He singled to left field scoring a pair of runs, but then got himself caught in a rundown between first and second base and was thrown out 8-5-4.