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GAME OF THE DAY

Celebration is put on hold for Red Sox

September 23, 2008|From the Associated Press

BOSTON -- Jensen Lewis' solid relief work, rookie Zach Jackson's six effective innings and a bizarre play involving the third base umpire helped the Cleveland Indians defeat Boston, 4-3, Monday and forced the Red Sox to wait at least one more day to clinch their fifth postseason trip in six years.

The Red Sox needed a win to eliminate the New York Yankees and lock up a postseason berth in pursuit of their second straight World Series title and third in five years.

Jackson (1-3) gave up two runs and six hits. Josh Beckett (12-10) hit a career-high three batters, threw a wild pitch, walked one and said he wasn't worried about clinching a playoff spot.

"We're just trying to win games," he said.

With Cleveland ahead, 4-2, Boston had runners at first and second with two out in the sixth.

Jeff Bailey then lined the ball inside third base. Umpire Gerry Davis signaled it was fair, but the ball hit him and stopped just beyond the infield dirt. Third baseman Jamey Carroll picked it up, and Jason Bay, who had rounded third, was caught in a rundown and tagged out.

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