In the first, Crisp walked, stole second and scored on Ortiz's 45th home run of the year (the Big Man has 119 RBI). In the second, Lowell singled, Pena homered, Lopez doubled, Cora bunted, and Crisp singled. Could Boston be on its way to winning a laugher?
After Coco's single gave the Sox a four-run lead, Angels pitchers faced the minimum 23 batters over the last 7.2 innings. Only one Red Sox batter reached first base -- Hinske singled to start the sixth and was quickly erased on a double play. Boston ended the game with 1 LOB.
Lester started (5-6-3-4-2, 96) and was relieved by Tavarez (allowed 4th Angels run in 6th), Timlin (escaped bases-loaded-one-out jam in 7th), Foulke (2 outs, 1 single in 8th), and Papelbon (retired all four batters he faced).
AL: Yankees beat Seattle 9-2, White Sox topped Detroit 7-5, and the Twins beat Baltimore 4-1 -- so the Red Sox remain 6.5 behind in the East and 4 back in the WC.
Linescore of the night:
Cleveland 1 02 312 004 2 - 15 16 1***
Kansas City 10 00 003 000 0 - 13 19 0
Umm, what do they call it when the game ends and the Red Sox have the most runs???
Jon Lester (4.72) / Kelvim Escobar (3.77), 10 PM
Crisp, CF Figgins, CF
Pedroia, 2B Izturis, 3B
Ortiz, DH Cabrera, SS
Ramirez, LF Guerrero, RF
Youkilis, 1B Rivera, LF
Lowell, 3B Quinlan, 1B
Pena, RF Salmon, DH
Lopez, C Kendrick, 2B
Cora, SS Molina, C