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Red Sox Vs. Indians: Fourth Inning Trouble For Tim Wakefield Leads To 2-2 Tie

The Red Sox and Indians are locked in a 2-2 tie after Tim Wakefield ran into fourth-inning trouble.

For the first three innings, the Indians hadn’t been able to do anything against Tim Wakefield, who retired the first eight batters he faced. The only baserunner to reach had been catcher Lou Marson, who made it to first after Marco Scutaro booted a ground ball.

The Red Sox did rather better in the first inning. After Dustin Pedroia missed a home run by just a few feet, Adrian Gonzalez started a two-out rally with a line drive to center field. Kevin Youkilis placed a fly ball perfectly between the second baseman and right fielder for a double, and David Ortiz brought them both home with an opposite-field single that put the Sox up 2-0.

The Indians have come back against Wakefield in the fourth, however. Jason Kipnis led the frame off with a solo shot into the bullpen. And while the damage done to Wakefield since hasn’t been as loud, it counts all the same. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a dribbler up the middle and into center field, and scored when Travis Hafner’s high chopper managed to get over a leaping Adrian Gonzalez’ head and into right field. Wakefield was able to strand the runner at third, however, picking up a strikeout, a groundout with the infield in, and another ground out to avoid further damage.