It was almost too good to be true. The Red Sox were trailing by three runs and Jacoby Ellsbury was due up fourth. Would he be able to provide some magic for an incredible third night in a row?
Unfortunately, no. The Indians tacked on an insurance run and closer Chris Perez set the Red Sox down in order in the ninth so Ellsbury never had a chance, as the Red Sox fell to the Indians 7-3 and split the series at two games apiece.
Justin Masterson continued his strong pitching against the Red Sox, holding the Sox offense to only three runs in six innings of work while tying a major league record by striking out four batters in one inning.
For that, Masterson wins NESN Nation's "Old Flame" player of the game award. There's still a little chemistry there, Justin. And you happen to throw fastballs in the mid to upper 90s. Red Sox fans miss you if you ever want to come back.
Watch the video to see why NESN Nation's Nate Hinchey picked Masterson, and vote for your own player of the game in the poll below.
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