Red Sox 3, Indians 2:
Clay Buchholz pitched a two-hitter and Cody Ross
broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run homer in the sixth inning as visiting
Boston snapped a three-game losing streak, but reportedly lost rookie Will Middlebrooks with a broken wrist.
The Red Sox third baseman left the game in the ninth inning
after he was hit by a pitch and was
replaced by Nick Punto.
Buchholz (10-3) is 2-0
with a 0.92 ERA in his last five starts. He struck out five and retired the final 12 batters in
his second complete game of the season and the fifth of his career.
Cabrera had both hits - a homer in the first inning and a double in the
fourth - for Cleveland, which had won two straight after losing 11 in a
Dustin Pedroia recorded two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Boston, which won for only the third time in 10 games.
The Indians' Chris Seddon (0-1) allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in six innings in his sixth major-league start.
Cabrera drove a 2-0 pitch into the right-center field seats to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Red Sox tied it in the fourth when Mike Aviles walked with one out and
advanced to third on Seddon's wild pickoff attempt. Dustin Pedroia drove
in Aviles on the next pitch with a single through the left side of the
After Pedroia singled with one out, Ross crushed a 2-1
pitch off the cameraman in straightaway center field with two outs to
make it 3-1.
The Indians cut the lead in half in the sixth inning when Jason Donald led off by reaching on Pedroia's fielding error. He advanced to third when Aviles tried to catch him off first base but Aviles' throw one-hopped off his helmet
and into the seats. Ezequiel Carrera followed with a sacrifice fly.GAME
Boston's Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-4 to end his hitting
streak at nine games. ... The Indians have scored at least one run in
the first inning in their last six games. ... Cleveland
officially released RHP Derek Lowe on Friday. Lowe, who was designated
for assignment last week, won six of his first seven decisions with the
Indians before faltering to an 8-10 record with a 5.52 ERA. ...
Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (neck) missed his second straight game. He is
hitting .193 since the All-Star break. ... Boston improved to 24-29 in
games decided by one or two runs. ... Buchholz pitched a four-hitter in a 7-0 victory over Baltimore on June 7. ... Cabrera's 13th homer ties him for the team lead with Shin-Soo Choo.