Red Sox pummel Indians 8-1
Masterson sees 19-inning scoreless streak snapped in loss
BOSTON – Justin Masterson’s 19-inning scoreless streak came to a close as the Cleveland Indians fell to the Boston Red Sox 8-1 on Friday evening.
Masterson (7-3, 3.20) made his 11th start of the season against Boston right-hander John Lackey (3-4, 2.72).
The Red Sox posted three runs in the second inning as designated hitter David Ortiz drew a lead-off walk and first baseman Mike Napoli singled to center. Cue left fielder Mike Carp, who sent his third home run of the season over the right field wall to give Boston the 3-0 advantage.
The Indians’ only response came in the top of the third when third baseman Mike Reynolds and left fielder Michael Brantley hit a pair of back-to-back singles. With two outs, Reynolds swiped second and advanced all the way home on a throwing error by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Masterson settled in through the sixth inning, where he plunked right fielder Daniel Nava with a pitch. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz laced a pair of consecutive singles to load the bases and Nava scored on a force out before Pedroia was thrown out attempting to score to end the inning.
Rich Hill replaced Masterson with one man on in the seventh, ending Masterson’s evening with six innings pitched, surrendering five runs on six hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Hill pitched himself into trouble as he plunked pinch hitter Jonny Gomes and relinquished a one-out single to third baseman Jose Iglesias. Centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a single to right that scored Saltalamacchia and Gomes before Nava popped up for the second out. That ending the outing for Hill, who exited the game for Matt Albers.
Pedroia greeted Albers with a single to right to empty the bags, giving Boston the 8-1 lead. That was all the Boston bullpen needed to hold the win for Lackey, who went seven innings, permitting one unearned run on just two hits and three walks as he struck out eight. Lackey gave way to Koji Uehara to start the eighth and Alfredo Acevespitched a scoreless ninth to preserve Boston with the 8-1 win.
Despite much offense from the Indians, Brantley had a notable day as he went 2-for-3 to boost his batting average to .312. First baseman Nick Swisher, who made his return from paternity leave after the birth of his daughter, went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
Next, a pair of southpaws square off as the Indians turn to Scott Kazmir (2-2, 6.35) to counter Boston’s John Lester (6-1, 3.15). Kazmir is coming off a rough start, during which he surrendered five runs in just four innings. Lester is also coming off an unfavorable start, where he received his first loss of the season.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.
We're going to get taken advantage of by teams with good left handed hitters in late innings. The move to leave McFarland unprotected is looking worse by the day.
Yes he's the 25th guy on the roster but Giambi is batting .150. We need contributions from everyone if we have any hope of finishing with a winning record. He's O for May.