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The Red Sox entered Monday night’s game with the Indians riding a 10-game winning streak thanks in large part to clutch hitting. But, through eight innings, the Red Sox were held scoreless by 2008 Cy Young Award Winner Cliff Lee. Thankfully, Tim Wakefeld kept the Sox in the game by dominating the Indians. He allowed no runs on just one hit in seven innings.
The worst thing the Indians could have done was remove Lee from the game, but with the game still scoreless, Cleveland opted to bring in closer Kerry Wood. Wood struggled, walking Dustin Pedroia and allowing a bloop single to David Ortiz. Next came Jason Bay, who launched a 99-mph fastball into the bleachers for a go-ahead three-run HR.
Jonathan Papelbon allowed an RBI single to Mark DeRosa, but settled down to record his fifth save in a 3-1 Red Sox win.
Jason Bay, LF: Bay finished 3-4 with the dramatic HR, three RBI, and one run scored. WIth his effort, Bay raised his season average to .344.
Jonathan Papelbon, CL: Tim Wakefield and Manny Delcarmen combined to allow one hit and four walks in eight innings. Papelbon, in one inning, allowed three hits and an earned run, but was able to escape with his fifth save.
W: Manny Delcarmen (1-0)
L: Kerry Wood (0-1)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (5)