Big Papi’s walk-off bomb seals Indians’ fate

New closer Fausto Carmona is having a rough time acclimating to his new role. For the second straight game, he entered in the ninth and failed to shut down the opposition. Monday, a three-run walk-off home run by who other than David Ortiz gave Boston a 9-8 victory over the Tribe. The Red Sox pounded Paul Byrd, who had his second staight rough start, and the Tribe lit up Davis Wells early on. Casey Blake hit two home runs and had five RBI on the night to lead the Indians’ offensive charge. Kelly Shoppach had two RBI and new addition Hector Luna recorded a double in his first game as an Indian.

After Byrd was taken out after four innings, the bullpen did another superb job holding the lead until the ninth. Jason Davis and Rafael Betancourt allowed only two hits in their combined four innings of relief. However, in his first save situation, Carmona gave up a single to Alex Cora and walked the next batter to create the trouble. The rest, as they say, is history.

“He tried to do a little bit too much,” Wedge said. “He doesn’t need to do too much. He has good enough stuff, a good enough delivery that he just needs to present the stuff and play catch with [catcher Kelly] Shoppach.”

Before everyone gets all over Carmona’s case, just relax. It was his first save opportunity, he is only 22, and he was pitching in one of the most difficult ballparks in baseball. It’s been a difficult last two games for Fausto but let’s give him a chance and see how the rest of the season plays out before we throw him under the bus.

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