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Without Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew, the Red Sox were desperate Wednesday night. Jeff Bailey started at first base, and rookie OF Jonathan Van Every started in right field. Now, usually my first sentence would appear as a footnote in most game stories, but there’s a reason for mentioning Van Every, because he starred in a 6-5 win over the Indians in 10 innings.
The Red Sox were down 5-0, but scored six runs after the fifth inning. Van Every came up biggest for the Sox, with an RBI single in the eighth inning and his first career home run in the 10th inning. It was Van Every’s first career home run and couldn’t have come at a bigger time.
Jonathan Van Every, RF: JVE (the nickname is easier to type) finished 2-4 with a HR, single, walk, a run and two RBIs. He was subbing for the injured Drew, but I’m sure Terry Francona will look for more at bats for his rookie OF.
Jon Lester, SP: Lester was rescued by the Sox bats after allowing five runs on seven hit and three walks in 6.0 innings pitched. He allowed two home runs, and his ERA rose to 5.40 for this season. He did not take the loss.
W: Hideki Okajima (2-0)
L: Jensen Lewis (2-3)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (6)