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

Ellsbury's walk-off single lifts Sox, 3-2
August 3, 2011, 4:07 am
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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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