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With back to back singles from Jason Varitek and Josh Reddick in the bottom of the ninth, Jacoby Ellsbury stepped to the plate with a chance to give the Red Sox a walk-off victory against the Cleveland Indians, a team the Red Sox have struggled with all season. Jarrod Saltalamacchia came in to run for Jason Varitek, and It sure paid off when Ellsbury blasted a single to center setting up a play at the plate where Jarrod Saltalamacchia just barely beat the tag, giving the Red Sox a much needed 3-2 walk-off win.
With the game start time pushed back to 8:45, Josh Beckett ( who had to get loose twice ) was taken out of the game after six innings and just 85 pitches. And aside from a pair of solo home runs by Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall, Beckett was very good striking out seven and only surrendering six hits. Luckily for the Red Sox, Franklin Morales picked up right where Beckett left off, going two scoreless innings and bridged the gap to Jonthan Papelbon who pitched a scoreless inning of his own along with picking up the win. Unfortunetly for the Red Sox, Cleveland Indians starter David Huff was just as good, going five strong innings only allowing three hits and striking out five. Huff did allow one unearned run after throwing a curveball in the dirt, resulting in a pass ball with the bases loaded which would scored Ortiz from third. The Red Sox finally picked up a game-tying home run from Kevin Youkilis in the bottom of the sixth inning off Indians reliever Rafael Perez, and the game remained tied 2-2 until Ellsbury’s magic in the ninth.
Kevin Youkilis was ejected in the bottom of the eighth by first base umpire Gerry Davis after arguing a third strike call on a very close check swing. Marco Scutaro came in for him in the ninth and play shortstop, moving Mike Aviles over to third base.
With the original start time set for 7:10, the first pitch was pushed back two times, first to 7:30 and then back to 8:45. This resulted in the game not ending until just before midnight.
With the Series tied 1-1 and two more games to go, Tim Wakefield takes the mound for the Red Sox tomorrow night looking for career win #200 against Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, but with more rain in the forecast delays are always possible.