Red Sox rally to defeat Indians 7-4
Late defensive miscue dooms Tribe as team falls to 27-21
BOSTON – The Cleveland Indians blew a one-run lead in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox as they fell 7-4 on Saturday afternoon.
Lefty Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.94) received the start for Cleveland against Boston lefty Jon Lester (7-1, 3.15). Both starters were coming off rough outings, Kazmir making it through just three innings and Lester receiving his first loss of the year.
The Indians struck immediately in the first inning. With two outs, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera lined a single to right and later scored after first baseman Nick Swisher doubled to give Cleveland the 1-0 lead.
Boston also notched a run with two outs in the second inning as shortstop Jose Iglesias singled and advanced to second on a balk. Third baseman Pedro Ciriaco followed with a single to right to score Iglesias, leveling the score at 1-1.
Cabrera continued his hot day in the third after right fielder Drew Stubbs led off with a walk. With one out, Cabrera doubled to left to score Stubbs. Swisher followed with a single that resulted in a play at the plate where Cabrera was thrown out, and third baseman Mark Reynolds was plunked by a pitch to push Swisher to second. Cue designated hitter Carlos Santana, who singled to center to plate Swisher, giving the Indians the 3-2 advantage.
Kazmir lasted through five innings before he was replaced with Bryan Shaw, closing Kazmir’s day at five innings pitched, surrendering a pair of runs on five hits, four walks and six strikeouts. Iglesias continued his offensive output with another single off Shaw before Ciriaco reached base on a bunt single. After centerfielder Jacoby Ellsburywalked, left fielder Jonny Gomes hit a sacrifice fly to score Iglesias and tie the game.
Cleveland battled back for the lead in the seventh when second baseman Mike Aviles singled to left and Cabrera laced his third hit of the day. With two out, a wild pitch by Lester sent Aviles home, giving Cleveland the 4-3 boost.
Reliever Joe Smith tossed a scoreless seventh for the Tribe before Junichi Tazawa replaced Lester, sealing Lester’s line at seven innings, yielding four runs on 10 hits, one walk and eight strikeouts.
Right-hander Vinnie Pestano came on for the Indians in the eighth and some of his command issues continued. With one out, Ciriaco doubled to center before pinch hitter Mike Carp doubled to left on a fly ball that left fielderMichael Brantley couldn’t track down. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia followed with another double to left to score Carp before designated hitter David Ortiz intentionally walked. First baseman Mike Napoli also walked to load the bases and a defensive miscue allowed Nava to single on a shallow pop fly that Cabrera and Brantley failed to field, catapulting Boston to the 7-4 lead.
The was all Andrew Bailey needed as he entered the game to pitch the ninth for the Red Sox. Despite a leadoff single by centerfielder Michael Bourn, Bailey shut down the Indians to convert the final three outs and preserve the win for the Red Sox.
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.