June 14: Indians (34-35) 3, Red Sox (31-37) 2
The Cleveland Indians tallied two critical runs in the seventh inning to help them defeat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on the road. Five Cleveland pitchers collectively held Boston to two runs and Carlos Santana’s walk with the bases loaded was the game-winner.
Boston got on the board first in the game when David Ortiz doubled home Xander Bogaerts on a line drive to right field in the bottom half of the first inning. With two away and Bogaerts on first Ortiz connected on a 2-2 changeup offering from starter T.J. House for his 10th two-bagger of the year.
Cleveland threatened early against Boston starter Jake Peavy in the second, but failed to score. A Jason Kipnis single to open the frame, and a Nick Swisher double with one away, gave the Indians two runners in scoring position with just one out in the inning. Peavy got David Murphy to fly out and Santana to line out to first to end the threat and the frame.
However, the Indians did not squander their opportunity just one inning later. Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game at one apiece when he doubled home Michael Bourn from first on a soft line drive to right field. He was then thrown at third for the second out of the inning.
Tied at 1-1, the Indians got runner on second and third with one away again in the fourth, but failed to score once again. Yan Gomes eventually flied out with the bases loaded to end the inning and leave the bases juiced.
Cleveland had yet another missed opportunity in the fifth when it left the bases loaded again. Swisher grounded out to second bases to keep the Red Sox in the game.
Boston took advantage of the misfortune by Cleveland with a run of its own in the bottom half of the sixth frame. Jonny Gomes provided an RBI force out to short to put the Red Sox up 2-1.
The seventh inning decided the whole game. Kipnis reached on a fielder’s choice and error by catcher A.J. Pierzynski at home, allowing Cabrera to score from third. Later in the inning, Santana worked a crucial five-pitch, bases-loaded walk against reliever Junichi Tazawa to put the Indians up for good.
Closer Cody Allen came in in the ninth to earn his seventh save in a perfect 1-2-3 inning.
House ended up going 5.1 innings and allowing both runs. He struck out three and got the no decision for Cleveland. On the other side, Peavy wiggled through six innings and gave up just one run. He fanned five and surrendered seven hits.