|Major League Baseball|
· Top Story
· Current Odds
· Gaming Matchups
· Live Odds
· Pitching Report Cards
· Probable Pitchers
· Teams Index
· College Baseball
· Minor League Baseball
· Power Poll
· Power Poll
(Friday, June 13)
Final Score: Boston 10, Cleveland 3
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Napoli, A.J. Pierzynski and Dustin Pedroia each swatted two-run doubles as the Boston Red Sox' offense busted out once again in a 10-3 drubbing of the Cleveland Indians.
Napoli, Daniel Nava and Jackie Bradley Jr. all had two hits to back 6 2/3 solid innings from John Lackey in the Red Sox' seventh consecutive win at Fenway Park, with Xander Bogaerts adding a solo homer in the rout.
Boston claimed Thursday's opener of this four-game set by a 5-2 count after managing a mere one run over three matchups in Baltimore.
"We knew it couldn't last forever. It had to turn," said Nava of the Red Sox' recent offensive slump. "We believe things are always one game away from turning, and hopefully it was two games ago -- today and [Thursday] -- that things turned."
Lackey (8-4) overcame an early two-run homer to Carlos Santana to hold the Indians to three runs on seven hits and easily outduel counterpart Justin Masterson (4-5), who was shelled for five runs and issued four walks in two- plus innings of work.
Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera both finished 2-for-4 in the loss, Cleveland's fourth in a row.
Masterson struck out a season-high 10 over seven shutout innings to stifle the Red Sox two starts back, but clearly didn't have it on this night.
He was spotted a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning courtesy of Santana's eighth homer of the season, but quickly gave it back and then some. Masterson walked David Ortiz and Napoli to begin Boston's half of the frame, and though Ortiz was thrown out attempting to score on Nava's single, Pierzynski followed with a drive into the gap in right center to plate both runners aboard and tie the contest.
Two batters later, Bradley tripled to the base of the wall in right to bring home Pierzynski with the go-ahead run.
Consecutive doubles by Cabrera and Brantley in the third pulled the Indians back even, but Masterson again walked the first two hitters in the bottom of the inning and Napoli greeted reliever Kyle Crockett with a double to right that gave the Red Sox a 5-3 advantage.
"I threw too many balls tonight," said Masterson. "I put the bullpen in a bad spot. They had to come in way too early."
Lackey made the lead hold up, failing to allow another Cleveland hit until being chased by Cabrera's double with two out in the seventh.
Andrew Miller came in to retire Brantley and protect the two-run lead, which swelled to six after the Red Sox struck four more times in the bottom of the seventh.
Pedroia doubled off the Green Monster to knock in both Bradley and Brock Holt, each of whom had reached on singles off Marc Rzepczynski, and later crossed the plate when Cleveland right fielder David Murphy bobbled the ball on Napoli's base hit. A Nava double against Josh Outman then sent in Ortiz to increase the margin to 9-3.
Bogaerts capped the scoring with a blast off Cody Allen in the eighth.
Boston's seven-game home win streak is its longest since a nine-game stretch from July 5-24, 2011 ... Lackey had not allowed a home run in four straight starts prior to surrendering Santana's shot ... Cleveland's Jason Kipnis went 0-for-4 to have a 10-game hitting streak halted, while teammate Lonnie Chisenhall had a nine-game run end after also going 0-for-4 ... The Indians have now dropped five straight and eight of nine at Fenway ... Crockett was recalled from Triple-A Columbus prior to the contest.
06/13 23:59:51 ET