American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Boston|
(Saturday, May 25th)
Final Score: Boston 7, Cleveland 4
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - After the teams traded lopsided wins, the third
installment of this four-game set between Boston and Cleveland was a much
The Red Sox rallied with four two-out runs in the bottom of the eighth inning
to beat the Indians, 7-4, on a rainy day at Fenway Park.
Cleveland reliever Vinnie Pestano (1-1) gave up three doubles in the decisive
frame, with a pinch-hitting Mike Carp tying the game and scoring the go-ahead
run on Dustin Pedroia's shot off the Green Monster.
After the next two batters were walked, one intentionally, the Red Sox scored
two more runs when the Indians misplayed a Daniel Nava pop up to shallow left
Andrew Bailey closed the door in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
Boston's comeback made a winner out of Junichi Tazawa (4-2), who was flawless
in the top of the eighth.
The Red Sox's No. 8 and 9 hitters, Jose Iglesias and Pedro Ciriaco, each
collected three hits. Ciriaco had one RBI and scored the tying run in the
Boston dropped Thursday's series opener by a 12-3 score, but rebounded with an
8-1 triumph Friday night.
All of Boston's first three runs were aided by Cleveland gaffes. A balk by
Indians starter Scott Kazmir enabled Iglesias, who singled with two outs in
the second inning, to advance to second base and score on a Ciriaco base hit.
Cleveland had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the opening frame as Boston starter Jon
Lester encountered more two-out trouble. Asdrubal Cabrera kept the first alive
with a single, pilfered second and came home on a Nick Swisher double.
Lester permitted six runs with two outs in his previous outing, a loss to
the White Sox in Chicago on Monday.
"I thought he was very powerful," said Boston manager John Farrell about
Lester. "He wasn't as sharp in the first three innings, but from the fourth
inning on he really settled in and pitched a very efficient game."
The Indians pushed two runs across to go up 3-1 in the third.
Drew Stubbs led off with a walk and scored when, two batters later, Cabrera
drove a Lester pitch off the Green Monster for an RBI double. Cabrera then
tried to score on a Swisher single, but he was thrown out at home by left
fielder Jonny Gomes. After Mark Reynolds was hit by a pitch, Carlos Santana
ripped an RBI single to center field.
Boston got a run back in the fourth, then tied things up two innings later.
Nava walked to begin the fourth and Iglesias sent a double the opposite way
down the first-base line. A costly bobble right fielder Ryan Raburn allowed
Nava to score.
Bryan Shaw relieved Kazmir to open the sixth and gave up a one-out single to
Iglesias, who was nearly robbed by a diving Raburn. The ball popped out of
Raburn's glove when he hit the ground. Ciriaco then bunted toward the third-
base side and both runners moved into scoring position on a Reynolds throwing
error. Following an intentional walk to Jacoby Ellsbury, Gomes pulled the Red
Sox even with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Indians went back in front in the seventh when Mike Aviles raced home on
Lester's wild pitch.
Boston improved to 11-5 in day games this year ... The Indians had gone a
season-high nine straight games without committing an error ... Lester was
tagged for a season-worst 10 hits in seven innings of work ... Kazmir gave up
five hits and walked four over five frames.
05/26 01:08:37 ET