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Sox clinch berth
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Red Sox 5, Indians 4
Tim Wakefield notched the win, yielding four runs on six hits. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Facing the AL's toughest pitcher this season, the Red Sox were up to the task, pounding out nine hits, including Kevin Youkilis' two-run homer in the second, off the Tribe's Cliff Lee to reach the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.
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Series at a glance:
CLE
Cleveland (79-78)
Lost 1
Boston 5, Cleveland 4   BOS
Boston (92-65)
Won 1
September 23, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Cleveland
0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0   4 9 0
Boston
0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 X   5 9 1
Standings thru 9/23/08  |  Recap: CLE | BOS  |  Gameday  |  Indians stats  |  Red Sox stats
Cleveland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Sizemore, G, CF 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 .271
Carroll, 2B-3B 5 0 1 1 0 2 5 .272
Choo, LF 4 1 1 1 1 2 2 .307
Peralta, SS 4 0 2 1 1 1 0 .274
Martinez, V, 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 .272
Dellucci, DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .240
  a-Francisco, B, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .271
Shoppach, C 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 .265
Gutierrez, F, RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .247
Marte, An, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
  Barfield, 2B 3 0 2 0 0 1 2 .143
Totals 36 4 9 4 4 11 17  

a-Struck out for Dellucci in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Choo (28, Wakefield), Peralta (42, Wakefield).
TB: Peralta 3; Dellucci; Barfield 2; Choo 2; Carroll; Gutierrez, F; Sizemore, G.
RBI: Sizemore, G (90), Carroll (33), Choo (61), Peralta (86).
2-out RBI: Choo; Peralta.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Choo; Martinez, V 3; Carroll 2.
GIDP: Martinez, V.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
DP: (Carroll-Barfield-Martinez, V).

 
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .274
Pedroia, 2B 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 .324
Ortiz, D, DH 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 .265
Youkilis, 3B-1B 1 1 1 2 3 0 0 .314
Bay, LF 4 0 1 1 0 2 3 .289
Lowrie, SS-3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .256
Casey, 1B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .332
  1-Cora, PR-SS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .273
Cash, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .230
Crisp, CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .283
Totals 31 5 9 5 4 10 10  

1-Ran for Casey in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Ortiz, D (29, Lee, Cl), Ellsbury (20, Lee, Cl), Pedroia (53, Lee, Cl), Crisp (17, Lee, Cl).
HR: Youkilis (27, 4th inning off Lee, Cl, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Cash; Ellsbury 2; Ortiz, D 2; Crisp 2; Pedroia 3; Casey; Youkilis 4; Bay.
RBI: Youkilis 2 (111), Pedroia 2 (82), Bay (101).
2-out RBI: Bay.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bay; Lowrie; Ellsbury.
GIDP: Cash.
Team RISP: 3-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
CS: Cora (1, 2nd base by Donnelly/Shoppach).

FIELDING
E: Cash (4, throw).
DP: (Lowrie-Pedroia-Casey).

 
Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lee, Cl (L, 22-3) 7.0 9 5 5 3 8 1 2.54
Donnelly 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 7.62
 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wakefield (W, 10-11) 6.0 6 4 4 1 6 0 4.24
Delcarmen (H, 18) 0.2 2 0 0 1 1 0 3.41
Okajima (H, 23) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Masterson (H, 3) 0.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.16
Lopez, Jav 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.47
Papelbon (S, 41) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.00

Lopez, Jav pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

Game Scores: Lee, Cl , Wakefield .
IBB: Youkilis (by Lee, Cl).
HBP: Shoppach (by Wakefield).
Pitches-strikes: Lee, Cl 114-74, Donnelly 18-12, Wakefield 99-64, Delcarmen 18-10, Okajima 8-5, Masterson 19-11, Lopez, Jav 5-1, Papelbon 10-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lee, Cl 6-3, Donnelly 0-0, Wakefield 7-5, Delcarmen 1-0, Okajima 0-0, Masterson 0-0, Lopez, Jav 0-0, Papelbon 1-0.
Batters faced: Lee, Cl 32, Donnelly 3, Wakefield 26, Delcarmen 5, Okajima 1, Masterson 4, Lopez, Jav 1, Papelbon 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Okajima 3-0, Lopez, Jav 2-0, Papelbon 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Rob Drake. 1B: Brian Gorman. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: Bruce Dreckman.
Weather: 59 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
T: 2:51.
Att: 37,882.
Venue: Fenway Park.
September 23, 2008
September 23, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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