Red Sox romp Indians in ALCS opener

David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez set the pace for the Red Sox offense who reached base a combined 10 times and Josh Beckett earned the win pitching for 6 innings with seven strikeouts beating the Cleveland Indians 10-3.
Ortiz was 2-2 with two walks and Ramirez was 2-2 with three RBIs and three walks as every other starter in the Red Sox lineup reached base safely in the game resulting in the early exit of C.C. Sabathia who lasted only 4 1/3 innings (7 hits, 8 runs, 5 walks, 3 strikeouts) in what was supposed to be a pitchers duel.
Sabathia had not given up eight runs or more in a game since June 21st, 2006 against the Chicago Cubs.
Boston put together a four run third inning scoring on a Ramirez bases loaded walk, a Mike Lowell ground rule double which scored two runs, and a Jason Varitek ground out to third base that scored Ramirez from the back door.
Unlike Sabathia in this pitcher’s duel, Beckett, held up his end of the bargain.
Only allowing four hits over 6 innings pitched, Beckett allowed a solo-homerun to Travis Hafner in the first inning that seemed wind aided. After getting a run back in the bottom of the first inning on a Ramirez RBI single, Beckett put it in into cruise control.
Beckett retired the next nine batters until giving up a hit to Kenny Lofton on a double to deep left field in the top of the fifth inning. Asdrubal Cabrera drove home the second and last run off of Beckett in the sixth inning on an RBI single to center field to score Casey Blake scratching home a run making the score 8-2.
Ramirez drew another bases loaded walk and Lowell notched a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to put more insurance runs on the board giving the Red Sox an eight run cushion bumping the score to 10-2. Cabrera pushed home a run in the top of the eight on a sac-fly, but Boston clearly had the game locked down.
Well at least until Eric Gagne gave Red Sox Nation another scare.
A Jhonny Peralta single, a Lofton double, and a walk to Blake set up the jam but Gagne managed to slide out of the bases loaded ninth inning jam striking out Grady Sizemore to end the Indians’ late rally.

Categories: 2007 ALCS C.C. Sabathia Cleveland Indians David Ortiz Eric Gagne Grady Sizemore Jason Varitek Jhonny Peralta Josh Beckett Manny Ramirez Mike Lowell Travis Hafner

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  1. Shawn Medeiros October 12, 2007 at 7:50 PM #

    How bad do you think Fausto gets touched up tomorrow?

  2. Daniel Rathman October 12, 2007 at 8:28 PM #

    One down, three to go.
    Way to make me feel somewhat-OK about missing the game.
    Let's go get Fausto tomorrow.

  3. Shawn Medeiros October 12, 2007 at 8:32 PM #

    I said to Evan that I think we win by six tomorrow. Yeah maybe this win has me in a little over my head and sorry you had to miss the game.

  4. Mark October 12, 2007 at 8:44 PM #

    Gagne wasn't as bad as it looked. That Lofton double was a dribbler that, combined with his speed, turned into a double.

  5. Shawn Medeiros October 12, 2007 at 8:59 PM #

    He still wasnt great but Timlin looked pretty good.

  6. Zach Hayes October 12, 2007 at 9:01 PM #

    Let's not go crazy here folks. Fausto is a tremendous pitcher, but I say we still pull out a close win with Curt on our side, 3-2.

  7. Shawn Medeiros October 13, 2007 at 4:41 AM #

    Anyone else want to guess on the score?
    And I do not know if the Rockies know how to lose.

  8. Daniel Rathman October 13, 2007 at 7:04 AM #

    I'll go 4-2 Sox over Cleveland, in 11 innings.

  9. Shawn Medeiros October 13, 2007 at 12:43 PM #

    Thanks, Dan.
    May the best man win.

  10. Daniel Rathman October 13, 2007 at 12:50 PM #

    No problem, Shawn. But it's worth noting that I'm scarcely ever right.