Boston Red Sox games have been running pretty long lately, and Wedesday night’s matchup against the Cleveland Indians was no exception. Coming off of a tough extra-innings the previous night (on a Javier Lopez fielding error), the Sox found themselves in extras again. Jon Lester had a tough outing, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, in 6 innings of work. Cleveland’s Fausto Carmona, who has had a tough 2009 season so far, only gave up 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings.
The real story was the continued dominance of the Sox bullpen. Javier Lopez, Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima, and Jonathan Papelbon combined for four scoreless innings; allowing only one hit and 5 walks while striking out 5. Cleveland’s Rafael Betancourt allowed three baserunners, all of which would score to tie the game in the 8th. Jonathan Van Every, who only had one plate appearance on the seasib before Wednesday, made the difference. Already having an RBI single in the 8th, Van Every hit a solo homer to deep center, giving the Sox the lead in extras.
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