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Benches clear as BoSox win heated game against Indians

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BOSTON -- Mike Lowell didn't take long to satisfy the fans that were happy to see him back.

With the crowd still on its feet during a standing ovation, Lowell hit a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw after coming off the disabled list to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

"It was definitely more than I expected," Lowell said of the Fenway Park crowd's response. "I don't remember too many ovations like that. I was glad I could come through as quickly as I did."

Josh Beckett dominated for eight innings, holding Cleveland to one run on three hits, then got in the middle of a benches-clearing melee.

But it was the return of Lowell that made his night.

"With him being one of my best friends in baseball, that was a great moment," Beckett said.

The Red Sox won on the day they lost first baseman Kevin Youkilis. He went on the 15-day disabled list with a torn muscle in his right thumb and was going to see a hand specialist, unsure whether he would need season-ending surgery.

"It's a freak thing," he said. "Zero athletes have had this that [the doctors] know. Similar things to it, but not exactly. I don't know how it started."

But the spirited Youkilis was on the field in the eighth inning when the benches emptied. A pitch by Indians reliever Jensen Lewis that sailed behind Adrian Beltre started things. Lewis, Indians third-base coach Steve Smith and Beckett were ejected.

"That's part of the game. The players usually take care of their own thing and probably some of our guys probably felt that our best player was hit on purpose and they were probably trying to protect the guy," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "There's no room in the game for any of that kind of stuff, but they usually work it out themselves. A lot of pushing and shoving, some tough guys trying to find other guys but nothing major."

No punches were thrown, though Smith and Red Sox manager Terry Francona got into a heated exchange.

Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo was on the ground for a while after getting hit by a pitch in the knee in the third. He got up, trotted to first and stole second on the next pitch.

Bill Hall added a solo home run for Boston.

Lowell, who had been on the DL since June 24 with a strained right hip, was expecting to be traded at the July 31 deadline or possibly released the last day or two before he was activated.

"It's been an interesting road," Francona said.

Lowell also made a nice stab on Trevor Crowe's hard grounder to first base in the fifth and dove to the bag for the out.

Beckett (3-1), making his third start after spending just over two months on the DL with a strained lower back, gave up a solo home run to Lou Marson and two singles, striking out eight and walking none.

Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 25th save, becoming the first pitcher in major-league history with 25 saves in each of his first five full seasons.

David Huff (2-10), recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, gave up three runs, seven hits, walked two and struck out two in 5 1/3 innings. He was sent to the minors after losing to the Pirates on June 19.

"The pitches I wish that I can honestly take back would be the two home runs pitches," said Huff, who faced Lowell when he was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on July 24. "First pitch to Lowell was a fastball away that kind of cut back over the plate."

Indians reliever Justin Germano threw a pitch behind David Ortiz in the seventh inning. Ortiz took a slight glance out to the mound and Beckett was on the top step staring out.

Lewis then threw the first pitch of the inning behind Beltre. Home plate umpire Tim Welke got between Beltre and the mound and seemed to have things under control until Beckett led the Red Sox players out of their dugout, screaming and pointing.

Notes

  • Ortiz's second-inning infield hit extended his hitting streak to 12 games, his longest since 13 straight in July 2007.
  • Francona said Jacoby Ellsbury, out since May 28 with fractured ribs, would be activated Wednesday. "He brings something to our lineup that we've been missing," he said of the speedy outfielder.
  • The Indians put C Carlos Santana on the 15-day disabled list, a day after he was carried from the field on a stretcher following a collision at home plate Monday. He has a strained left knee.
 
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Cleveland's Shelley Duncan (right) and Josh Beckett (left) share words as the Red Sox beat the Indians. (AP)
Cleveland's Shelley Duncan (right) and Josh Beckett (left) share words as the Red Sox beat the Indians. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

B. Hall
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

J. Beckett
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 8
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Trevor Crowe, CF4000030 .255
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000010 .267
Shin-Soo Choo, RF3010010 .292
Shelley Duncan, LF3000021 .274
Jordan Brown, DH4000002 .083
Matt LaPorta, 1B3010000 .253
Luis Valbuena, 2B3000011 .160
Jayson Nix, 3B3000011 .215
Lou Marson, C3111000 .194
Totals3013109  
Batting
HR - Lou Marson (2, Beckett)
RBI - Lou Marson (13)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (14, 2nd base off Beckett/Martinez)
Team LOB - 4
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Huff (L,2-10) 5.1733222 5.97
Justin Germano 1.2100030 0.00
Jensen Lewis0000000 4.01
Joe Smith 1000010 5.24
Pitches-Strikes - David Huff 104-60, Justin Germano 28-18, Jensen Lewis 1-0, Joe Smith 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Huff 3-11, Justin Germano 2-0, Joe Smith 2-0
Batters Faced - David Huff 25, Justin Germano 6, Joe Smith 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Marco Scutaro, SS4000014 .282
Darnell McDonald, CF3000111 .258
Victor Martinez, C4010001 .283
David Ortiz, DH4010011 .261
Adrian Beltre, 3B4110001 .335
Mike Lowell, 1B4112012 .214
Jed Lowrie, 2B3000100 .281
Bill Hall, LF3121011 .242
Ryan Kalish, RF3020011 .538
Totals3238326  
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (23, Huff)
HR - Mike Lowell (3, Huff), Bill Hall (12, Huff)
RBI - Mike Lowell 2 (14), Bill Hall (30)
Team LOB - 7
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett (W,3-1) 8311081 5.70
Jonathan Papelbon (S,25) 1000010 2.98
HBP - Duncan (by Josh Beckett), Choo (by Josh Beckett)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 103-64, Jonathan Papelbon 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 8-8, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 29, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37714
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Mike DiMuro