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(Saturday, June 14)
Final Score: Cleveland 3, Boston 2
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Carlos Santana's bases-loaded walk capped a seventh-inning rally that propelled the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The Indians scored a pair of unearned runs charged to Craig Breslow (2-2) in the seventh to overcome a 2-1 deficit and halt a four-game losing skid, while ending the Red Sox' string of seven straight home wins.
Jason Kipnis contributed three hits to the triumph and Asdrubal Cabrera finished 2-for-5 with an RBI double for Cleveland. John Axford (2-3) picked up the win with a scoreless inning in relief of T.J. House, who was reached for two runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 frames.
Jonny Gomes went 2-for-4 with an RBI and David Ortiz had a run-scoring double for Boston. Sox starter Jake Peavy limited the Indians to one run while battling through a six-inning no-decision.
After failing to capitalize on several scoring opportunities against Peavy, the Indians took advantage of a Boston error and wildness from the Red Sox bullpen to move ahead in the seventh.
Cabrera and Michael Brantley greeted Breslow with singles to put runners at the corners and Kipnis followed with a grounder to second, in which Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski dropped Dustin Pedroia's throw home as Cabrera slid in to forge a 2-2 tie.
"Pedroia made a great play," Pierzynski said. "I tried to make a tag and missed the ball."
Breslow retired the next two hitters, but walked David Murphy to load the bases prior to Junichi Tazawa issuing a free pass to Santana that put Cleveland in front.
The Indians' relief corps made the lead hold up, with Bryan Shaw getting Ortiz to bounce into a key double play in the eighth and Cody Allen fanning two during a perfect ninth to notch his seventh save.
"This is a good win," said Kipnis. "Usually when we strand a lot of runners and don't come up with the big hit, we're usually on the downside of things."
Ortiz had staked Boston to an early 1-0 lead with a two-out double that plated Xander Bogaerts in the bottom of the first inning, but House settled down and kept the Red Sox off the board until the sixth.
Pedroia belted a leadoff ground-rule double and was pushed to third on Ortiz's groundout prior to Mike Napoli working a walk against Axford. Napoli then executed a successful takeout slide on Kipnis, allowing Gomes to beat out a potential double-play ball and Pedroia to score for a 2-1 Red Sox edge.
The Indians, meanwhile, stranded eight runners through the first five innings -- failing to get Kipnis home from third with one out in the second and leaving the bases loaded in both the fourth and fifth.
They did dent Peavy for a run in the third when Michael Bourn singled and raced around the bases on Cabrera's double into the right-field corner.
"He was great. He deserved to win," Pierzynski said of Peavy. "He battled for six innings, one run, left with the lead. We had a chance to shut them down and we didn't do it, and it's all my fault."
The Indians had lost five straight and eight of their last nine at Fenway, including the first two tests of this four-game set ... Peavy has not recorded a win in nine starts since besting Toronto on April 25, going 0-4 with five no-decisions over that stretch ... The Red Sox have now allowed three runs or less in eight consecutive home games, their longest streak since a nine-gamer from July 5-24, 2011 ... Cleveland left 13 men on base in all and was 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position ... Boston fell to 1-20 this season when scoring three runs or fewer.
06/14 21:42:01 ET
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