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Cleveland at Boston

W: J. Beckett (17-6) L: A. Laffey (7-9)
HR: CLE - S. Choo (20)   BOS - D. Pedroia (14), V. Martinez (23), B. Anderson (4), D. Brown (1)

Martinez hits slam vs. former team as Red Sox roll

CBSSports.com wire reports

BOSTON -- Victor Martinez hit 103 homers for the Cleveland Indians since first joining them in 2002. His first grand slam came against them.

Martinez hit it in a seven-run second inning and the Boston Red Sox won 11-6 on Saturday night despite a shaky outing by Josh Beckett.

"It felt kind of weird," Martinez said. "I was like, wow, it took me so long, and then to see who I hit it off it was just weird. I don't think it was [more] special because I have nothing against those guys."

Cleveland manager Eric Wedge knows what he lost when Martinez, who became a full-time player in 2004, went to Boston at the July 31 trade deadline for pitcher Justin Masterson and two minor league pitchers -- a middle-of-the-order hitter for power and average.

"He's a difference maker, whether it be on the field, in the dugout or in the clubhouse," Wedge said. "You're talking about an impact position behind home plate and handling the pitching staff and, obviously, he's made a difference over here in Boston."

After missing his previously scheduled start with back spasms, Beckett (17-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. But he's 6-0 in his last eight postseason starts and is in line to start Game 2 of the AL division series Friday at the Los Angeles Angels.

He said his back has felt good for three days.

"The most important thing today was to be healthy," Beckett said. "I definitely needed to get some emotions in check. Every pitch I tried to throw harder than the one before that. It caused me to miss location."

He settled down in his last three innings, striking out four and allowing one hit and one walk. And he got plenty of support.

Martinez's homer was his 23rd of the season and one of four by Boston, which can complete a four-game series sweep in Sunday's regular-season finale. Dustin Pedroia, Brian Anderson and Dusty Brown, with his first major league hit, had the others.

The Indians jumped out to a 4-1 lead over Beckett after 1½ innings but extended their club record for consecutive road losses to 14.

Aaron Laffey (7-9) got battered in the second after striking out the last three batters in the first and dropped to 0-6 in his last six starts. He gave up eight runs and seven hits in two innings.

"I'm not going to (dwell) on it too much," Laffey said. "I feel like I've had a good season and I'm going to remain positive and take it into next year."

The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the second on a double by David Ortiz, a walk to Jed Lowrie and a single by Casey Kotchman. One run scored on Anderson's single and another on a balk.

Boston reloaded the bases on an intentional walk to Pedroia before Jason Bay singled in a run. Martinez then hit his grand slam into the Red Sox bullpen in right-center field for an 8-4 lead.

Martinez has been a major offensive force in 55 games with Boston, batting .338 with eight homers and 41 RBI.

Kotchman led off the third against Jensen Lewis with a single and Anderson followed with his fourth homer, making it 10-4.

Paul Byrd relieved Beckett after five innings then gave up a two-run homer in the seventh to Shin-Soo Choo, his 20th.

Brown, who replaced Martinez in the sixth, hit a solo shot in the eighth three nights after making his major-league pitching debut in the ninth inning of a 12-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cleveland scored twice in the first off Beckett on a single by Michael Brantley, a double by Asdrubal Cabrera, an RBI groundout by Choo and a run-scoring single by Travis Hafner.

"He looked like he hadn't pitched in a while," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He also had to get through the first couple innings and shake that rust off."

Pedroia led off the bottom of the first with his 14th homer, but the Indians added two runs in the second that came in on Brantley's single and Hafner's forceout at second.

"We came out of the chute real good," Wedge said, "but [Beckett's] a gamer, hung in there and fought through it to pitch five innings."


  • The Indians have lost 20 of their last 25 games.
  • Boston 3B Mike Lowell was a late scratch from the lineup with a sore right thumb.
  • Beckett finished the season with a career-high 199 strikeouts.
  • Martinez has hit safely in 29 straight starts, the most in the AL this season and the most by a Boston player since Johnny Damon also hit in 29 straight in 2005.
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The Red Sox celebrate Victor Martinez's grand slam, which punctuates a seven-run second inning.  (AP)
The Red Sox celebrate Victor Martinez's grand slam, which punctuates a seven-run second inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Anderson
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1

S. Choo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley, CF5221000 .306
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4220100 .308
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4123100 .300
Travis Hafner, DH4012011 .272
Jhonny Peralta, 3B3000112 .254
Matt LaPorta, LF4000010 .257
Luis Valbuena, 2B4020012 .251
Lou Marson, C4110012 .246
Andy Marte, 1B4000012 .232
2B - Asdrubal Cabrera (42, Beckett), Lou Marson (7, Beckett)
HR - Shin-Soo Choo (20, Byrd)
RBI - Michael Brantley (10), Shin-Soo Choo 3 (86), Travis Hafner 2 (49)
Team LOB - 6
DP - A. Cabrera-Valbuena-Marte
Cleveland Indians
Aaron Laffey (L,7-9) 2788242 4.44
Jensen Lewis 2222211 4.61
Mike Gosling 4211211 5.04
IBB - Pedroia by Aaron Laffey
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 65-37, Jensen Lewis 36-18, Mike Gosling 66-36
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jensen Lewis 3-2, Mike Gosling 6-4
Batters Faced - Aaron Laffey 15, Jensen Lewis 10, Mike Gosling 15
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B2211300 .295
Jason Bay, LF4111022 .268
    Josh Reddick, LF1000000 .175
Victor Martinez, C3114011 .303
    Dusty Brown, C2111000 .333
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4010120 .305
David Ortiz, DH4110001 .238
Jed Lowrie, SS3100102 .138
Casey Kotchman, 1B4220001 .270
Brian Anderson, RF3233100 .243
Joey Gathright, CF4000014 .250
2B - David Ortiz (35, Laffey)
HR - Dustin Pedroia (14, Laffey), Victor Martinez (23, Laffey), Dusty Brown (1, Gosling), Brian Anderson (4, Lewis)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (70), Jason Bay (118), Victor Martinez 4 (108), Dusty Brown (1), Brian Anderson 3 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Dusty Brown (1)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Lowrie-Pedroia-Kotchman
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,17-6) 5744350 3.86
Paul Byrd 3322011 5.82
Dustin Richardson 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 98-63, Paul Byrd 40-30, Dustin Richardson 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 9-1, Paul Byrd 3-4
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 25, Paul Byrd 11, Dustin Richardson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37562
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Chris Guccione