Eighth inning rally lifts Boston over Cleveland
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 tighter affair.
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 field.
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 eighth.
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.
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.
05/25 18:09:04 ET