Rapid reaction: Red Sox 4, Indians 1
May, 12, 2012
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The Red Sox received a solid starting pitching performance for the second consecutive game as left-hander Felix Doubront worked six innings and allowed only one run on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts en route to a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night at Fenway Park.
After fellow starter Clay Buchholz worked 6 1/3 solid innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits in Boston’s 7-5 win on Friday night, Doubront followed and improved to 3-1 in seven starts.
He cruised through the first five innings and allowed his only run in the sixth. His one hiccup came in the top of that inning. With one out and a runner on third, the Indians’ Jason Kipnis hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez made the play. Doubront was slow getting off the mound and late to first as Kipnis was credited with a RBI-single. It was a ball, however, that would have been a routine play for Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Doubront finished the inning and left with a 3-1 lead after a total of 109 pitches. Lefty Andrew Miller worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning before right-hander Vincente Padilla did the same in the eighth.
Boston’s Alfredo Aceves recorded his seventh save of the season.
EXTENDED STREAK: With his single to center in the bottom of the first inning, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He added an RBI-double in the third inning and finished the night 2-for-4.
NOT SO FAST: With one out in the top of the second inning, the Indians’ Travis Hafner hit a ball to right field for a single and attempted to turn it into a double. Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross fielded the ball and came up firing to record a 9-6 assist for the out. Ross also did it at the plate as he hit his sixth home run of the season, a two-out solo blast over the Monster in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Boston a 4-1 lead.
A FIVE-HOLE SLIDE: With the Red Sox holding a 2-0 lead with one out and runners on second and third in the bottom of the fourth inning, Boston’s No. 9 hitter Mike Aviles hit a simmering line drive to left field. Cleveland outfielder Shelley Duncan made the catch as Daniel Nava tagged up from third. The ball arrived before the runner, but Cleveland catcher Lou Marson failed to block the plate and Nava slid safely through his legs to give Boston a 3-0 lead.
DICE-K REHAB START: Red Sox rehabbing pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka made his fourth minor-league rehab start Saturday night. He worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits, including two home runs, with one walk and five strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches, 54 for strikes.
FAREWELL, CARL: The family of recently departed Red Sox public-address announcer Carl Beane will hold a public memorial service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Convention Center.
UP NEXT: The Sox and the Indians close out this series with a 1:35 matinee on Sunday at Fenway. Right-hander Daniel Bard (2-4, 4.83 ERA) goes for the Sox, while Cleveland sends righty Justin Matserson (1-2, 4.89) to the hill.