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Ellsbury, who was 0-for-4 against starter Carlos Carrasco (7-9-3-2-5, 112), drilled Joe Smith's 0-1 pitch into the center field bleachers for his 18th home run of the season. He is now tied with Adrian Gonzalez for the second-most home runs on the team; David Ortiz has 20. ... Ellsbury hit 17 home runs in 2008-10 combined.
Ellsbury is first Red Sox player to have walk-off RBI on consecutive days since Butch Hobson (August 27-28, 1978).
It felt great, I wasn't sure, I know the wind had been blowing in, I hit a ball pretty good earlier in the game to right that didn't get out, and when I hit it I knew I hit it well, I was just hoping it had enough. I didn't know what to do once it went over and I was running around the bases. That was exciting, obviously I've never experienced that in the big leagues. It was fun.
Yikes! Visions of Kendrys Morales ...
Papelbon is very excited ...
... but he gets the pre-celebration stop sign from Pedroia at the plate!
Boston scored twice in the first after two were out. Gonzalez singled and Kevin Youkilis doubled. Ortiz's single to left scored them both, though an error was charged on the play, giving Flo only one RBI.
After Cleveland tied the game in the fourth, the Red Sox retook the lead as Ortiz walked and went to third on Carl Crawford's double. After an out and an intentional walk to Josh Reddick, Marco Scutaro hit into a fielder's choice, and Ortiz scored.
Reddick, Gonzalez, and Dustin Pedroia each had two hits. Scutaro and Mike Aviles each stole a base.
After Randy Williams relieved Wakefield in the seventh (stranding the go-ahead run at third) and pitched a perfect eighth, Jonathan Papelbon pitched another no-nonsense ninth inning.
Carlos Carrasco / Tim Wakefield
One day after his 45th birthday, Wakefield will take another shot at his 200th career win - and his 186th win for the Red Sox.
AL East (Red Sox 1.0 GA): Yankees/White Sox at 8 PM.