Ellsbury's walk-off single lifts Sox, 3-2


Ellsbury's walk-off single lifts Sox, 3-2

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
Jacoby Ellsbury's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia from second base, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. The victory was Boston's fourth walk-off win of the season and first in almost two months, dating back to June 4.

It was the first walk-off RBI in Ellsbury's career.

After one out in the ninth, Jason Varitek singled sharply to center and was replaced by pinch-runner Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Josh Reddick followed with a bloop single to right, sending Saltalamacchia into scoring position.

Kevin Youkilis had pulled the Red Sox even in the bottom of the sixth when he blasted his 16th homer of the season into the Monster Seats.

Earlier, the Sox loaded the bases in the second and scored a run on a strikeout by Jason Varitek, thanks to a wild pitch.

Starter Josh Beckett allowed just two runs -- both on solo homers -- in six innings of work. He left after throwing just 85 pitches, probably because he had had to warm up twice due to start time delayed twice by rain.

He struck out seven and gave up six hits while being stuck with his eighth no-decision in 21 starts this season, a reflection of the poor run support his teammates have often provided him.

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Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.