Game over: Red Sox 10, Dodgers 6
Ethier grounded into a force, with Youkilis stabbing a hot shot and throwing to second to get Martin. The Sox were not able to get the 3-6-1 double play, which got Manny to the plate.
He struck out looking as the crowd went wild. Manny knew it, too.
The Sox (41-28) have won four straight, six of seven and will be a game out of first place if the Yankees lose tonight to the Mets. They are down 4-0 at the moment.
The Sox are now 8-2 against National League teams, scoring 69 runs in those 10 games. Bad news for Vicente Padilla and his 6.65 ERA tomorrow
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 10, Dodgers 6
Anderson homered into the Dodgers bullpen. Carroll struck out but singles by Kemp and Martin have Bard in the game.
Lurking on deck as the potential tying run: Manuel Aristides Ramirez. Cue the ominous music.
As Torre always used to say, "No lead is safe in this ballpark."
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 10, Dodgers 5
The Sox went in order. After scoring seven runs and sending 12 men to the plate in the fifth inning, they had one more hit. Dustin Richardson in to try and mop up.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 10, Dodgers 5
It's Scott Atchison's world and we're just livin' in it. He retired the side again. Nine up, nine down, five strikeouts.
Rihanna has left the building, by the way. Skipping Matt Kemp's last at-bat. Or maybe she's going to leave a note for Daniel Nava.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 10, Dodgers 5
The Sox put two runners on with two outs as Cameron (2 for 4) singled and Pedroia walked. But George Sherrill came in and got Ortiz to pop to center to end the inning. Atchison is staying in for the 8th inning.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 10, Dodgers 5
Scott Atchison is The Man. He just retired the side, striking out Martin swinging and Manny looking. His line: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 10, Dodgers 5
The Sox went in order in their half of the inning. They probably figure 10 runs is about enough. Yankees and Rays losing in their respective games.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 10, Dodgers 5
Doubront ran out of gas or was done in by that long inning. Manny singled, Blake doubled and Loney singled in two runs. After Belliard walked, in came Scott Atchison.
He struck out pinch hitter Garret Anderson and Jamey Carroll before getting Kemp to ground into a force.
So Felix the Cat goes 5 innings and gives up 5 runs (3 earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out two. Not great but not so bad. He left to a nice hand from the crowd and with his team leading by five runs.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 10, Dodgers 3
Troncoso faced five batters and all got on base. Varitek doubled after Beltre's home run. Cameron then singled and Nava walked to load the bases. Scutaro's fielder's choice drove in a run as did Pedroia's sacrifice fly.
Joe Torre had Ortiz walked to get to Youkilis with two outs. He struck out looking. Now the Sox need to squeeze a few innings out of Doubront and it'll be a wrap.
Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 8, Dodgers 3
McDonald singled to drive in a run. Then Beltre hit a ball over the wall, over the Monster Seats, over Lansdowne Street and onto the roof of the garage across the street as he fell to one knee. That dude is strong.
He's hitting .341 with 10 homers and 48 RBI. Was it only April that people were ripping him? How's that working out for you?
Varitek followed with a double and Cameron with a single. Troncoso is not long for this game. The Sox just destroy NL pitching. In 10 games they have scored 67 runs so far.
Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 3
The Sox have taken the lead and knocked Monasterios out of the game.
Pedroia singled before Ortiz walked again. Youkilis followed with a double to center that Kemp just missed on a dive. Now Ramon Troncoso pitching with no outs and D-Mac up.
Meanwhile, Roger Clemens is graciously signing autographs out in the Monster Seats. I can't speak personally to what he did or didn't do. But when I covered him in New York, he was always a pretty agreeable guy. What a character.
Middle of the 5th: Dodgers 3, Red Sox 3
Johnson singled to start the inning before Martin walked with two outs. Doubront ended the inning by striking out Ethier.
He has pitched a nice game and is at 70 pitches. Not bad. Monasterios starts the next inning having thrown a modest 60 pitches.
Just listened to a few innings of Vin Scully via my iPhone's MLB At-Bat application. What a treat. Joe Castiglione does a great job, too. But Mr. Scully is the master. His descriptions of Fenway were just wonderful. He paints a vivid picture and tone is so great.
Top of the 5th: Dodgers 3, Red Sox 3
The Sox went in order against Monasterios. He has settled down nicely.
J.D. Drew injury update
He left the game with a right hamstring strain. That sounds like a DL stint to me. The Sox are running out out of outfielders fast.
Ryan Kalish is on the DL in Pawtucket with a hip flexor. Maybe Josh Reddick gets the call until the trade for somebody like David DeJesus.
Middle of the 4th: Dodgers 3, Red Sox 3
Doubront retired the side in order. It's 3-3 but he has allowed only two hits.
Top of the 4th: Dodgers 3, Red Sox 3
Drew is done for the night as McDonald pinch-hit for him and singled with two outs. That moved David Ortiz, who had walked, to second. Beltre singled to load the bases but Varitek flied to right.
Monasterios has given up some hard-hit balls. The Sox are on him.
Meanwhile ... Roger Clemens is sitting smack dab in the middle of the Monster Seats in the front row. He visited the WEEI booth to say hello to Joe Castiglione but did not speak to other members of the media. What a crazy night at Fenway
Middle of the 3rd: Dodgers 3, Red Sox 3
Felix Doubront retired the first six hitters he saw. Then the roof fell in.
Belliard hit a double to left, a bomb over the head of Cameron. Then when Johnson grounded to first, the kid couldn't handle the throw from Youkilis. As the ball rolled away, Belliard scored and Johnson took second.
Carroll bunted the runner to third. Matt Kemp (who supposedly has the lovely Rihanna here cheering for him) crushed a triple to center. Martin followed with an RBI groundout to second.
Ethier hit a lower liner to center that Cameron came racing in for only to have it deflect off his glove for an error. Manny came up, swung at the first pitch and lined to right field.
Drew made a shoe-top catch but was limping when he came off the field. He could be done for the night.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Dodgers 0
Varitek singled to start the bottom of the second. But Cameron (deep) and Nava flied to left before Scutaro grounded into a force. The Sox have taken some good swings on Monasterios.
That's enough of the Manny Watch. Now we'll focus on the game. Hope you're enjoying it and please feel free to leave your comments.
The Sox are up 3-0 in the bottom of the second. Here's what we blogged before:
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 3, Manny 0
Beltre lined out to end the inning. Now Manny will lead off the top of the second. He's getting booed pretty loudly already. What a buzz in the crowd, the loudest all season.
Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 3, Manny 0
It's gone. That's No. 8 for Drew, the former Dodger. Man, the Sox just hammer NL pitching.
Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Manny 0
Drew just hit a ball off the top of the wall. The umps called it a double and now the umpires will review it.
Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Manny 0
Pedroia singled with one out before David Ortiz drilled a two-run homer to center. Papi now has 274 home runs as a member of the Red Sox. That's fifth all time and tied with ... Manny Ramirez of course. It all comes together.
Middle of the 1st: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0
The heck with Manny. How about Felix? Doubront just retired the side in order in his debut, striking out Kemp and getting two grounders. He threw six of his eight pitches for strikes.
Top of the 1st: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0
The game started at 7:11 p.m. Felix Doubront got the first two outs. Now here's Manny on deck getting booed.