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Red Sox 5, Indians 4
Paul Byrd yielded four runs on 11 hits over five innings on Wednesday. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Paul Byrd let go a four-run lead, but the Sox were not to be denied, with Mark Kotsay driving in Jeff Bailey -- who had tripled -- with a one-out go-ahead double in the eighth. The win kept Boston's hopes in the AL East alive.
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Series at a glance:
CLE
Cleveland (79-79)
Lost 2
Boston 5, Cleveland 4   BOS
Boston (93-65)
Won 2
September 24, 2008
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Cleveland
0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0   4 13 1
Boston
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X   5 10 2
Standings thru 9/24/08  |  Recap: CLE | BOS  |  Gameday  |  Indians stats  |  Red Sox stats
Cleveland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Sizemore, CF 4 0 2 0 1 0 2 .272
Carroll, 3B 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 .275
Choo, RF 5 2 2 1 0 1 2 .308
Peralta, SS 4 0 2 1 1 2 2 .276
Martinez, V, C 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 .276
Hafner, DH 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .204
Francisco, B, LF 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .269
Garko, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .267
Barfield, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .160
Totals 36 4 13 4 3 8 18  

BATTING
2B: Carroll (12, Byrd), Hafner (10, Byrd), Sizemore (39, Byrd).
TB: Garko; Peralta 2; Carroll 3; Hafner 2; Martinez, V 2; Barfield; Choo 2; Sizemore 3.
RBI: Barfield (1), Choo (62), Peralta (87), Martinez, V (34).
2-out RBI: Barfield.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sizemore; Francisco, B 2; Carroll; Peralta.
SAC: Carroll.
GIDP: Martinez, V 2, Hafner.
Team RISP: 4-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
E: Martinez, V (4, fielding).
DP: (Garko-Peralta-Garko).

 
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .274
Pedroia, 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 .325
Ortiz, D, DH 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .265
Youkilis, 3B-1B 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 .312
Drew, J, RF 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 .281
  1-Van Every, J, PR-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222
  a-Bailey, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .286
  Bay, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .289
Kotsay, 1B-RF 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .275
Varitek, C 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 .222
Carter, C, LF 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 .556
  b-Lowrie, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .255
Cora, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .267
Totals 33 5 10 5 2 9 12  

a-Tripled for Van Every, J in the 8th. b-Grounded into a forceout for Carter, C in the 8th.
1-Ran for Drew, J in the 3rd.

BATTING
2B: Pedroia (54, Hernandez, R), Ortiz, D (30, Hernandez, R), Kotsay (23, Perez, R).
3B: Bailey (1, Perez, R).
TB: Ellsbury; Ortiz, D 2; Carter, C; Pedroia 3; Drew, J; Varitek; Kotsay 3; Bailey 3.
RBI: Ortiz, D (89), Kotsay 2 (48), Varitek (42), Carter, C (1).
2-out RBI: Kotsay; Varitek; Carter, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ellsbury 2; Ortiz, D; Cora.
GIDP: Kotsay.
Team RISP: 5-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Pedroia (20, 2nd base off Rundles/Martinez, V).

FIELDING
E: Drew, J (4, fielding), Kotsay (1, throw).
DP: 3 (Pedroia-Cora-Kotsay 2, Kotsay-Cora-Kotsay).

 
Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hernandez, R 1.0 5 4 4 1 1 0 5.44
Bullington 5.0 2 0 0 0 6 0 5.59
Rundles 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.08
Perez, R (L, 4-4) 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 3.43
 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Byrd 5.0 11 4 4 1 4 0 4.60
Timlin 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 5.79
Aardsma (W, 4-2) 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.40
Delcarmen (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3.36

Game Scores: Hernandez, R 27, Byrd 32.
IBB: Varitek (by Perez, R).
HBP: Cora (by Hernandez, R).
Pitches-strikes: Hernandez, R 51-35, Bullington 60-42, Rundles 18-13, Perez, R 19-11, Byrd 89-60, Timlin 27-17, Aardsma 17-11, Delcarmen 17-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hernandez, R 1-1, Bullington 4-2, Rundles 1-1, Perez, R 2-0, Byrd 6-3, Timlin 1-2, Aardsma 2-1, Delcarmen 1-0.
Batters faced: Hernandez, R 10, Bullington 16, Rundles 4, Perez, R 6, Byrd 25, Timlin 6, Aardsma 5, Delcarmen 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Aardsma 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: Bruce Dreckman. 3B: Rob Drake.
Weather: 59 degrees, clear.
Wind: 11 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:59.
Att: 37,719.
Venue: Fenway Park.
September 24, 2008
September 24, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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