CLEVELAND (AP) _ Clay Buchholz pitched a two-hitter, Cody Ross
hit a two-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox broke a three-game
losing streak by beating the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Friday night.
Buchholz (10-3) gave up one earned run in his second complete
game of the season and fifth of his career. The right-hander
improved to 8-2 in 17 starts following a loss the last two years.
Ross broke a 1-1 tie with a 420-foot shot over the wall in
center field off Chris Seddon (0-1) in the sixth inning.
Asdrubal Cabrera had both Cleveland hits, including his 13th
homer, but the Indians had their two-game winning streak broken and
lost for the 12th time in 14 games.
Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks left in the ninth after
being hit in the right wrist with a pitch from Esmil Rogers.
Buchholz hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in five
consecutive starts, the longest streak by a Boston starter since
Tim Wakefield did it six times in a row in 2002. Buchholz didn’t
get a decision in three of those outings, however.
The right-hander gave up Cabrera’s one-out homer in the first
and an unearned run in the sixth. He struck out six, walked none,
and moved to 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 11 starts since May 27.
The Red Sox tied it at 1 with an unearned run in the fourth
after a throwing error by Seddon.
Mike Aviles drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a wild
pickoff throw by Seddon. Dustin Pedroia singled him home.
Boston’s leadoff batter Jacoby Ellsbury was twice robbed of
potential hits as Cleveland preserved the 1-1 tie. In the fourth,
left fielder Ezequiel Carrera dived to his left to snag a line
drive hit by Ellsbury in the left-center gap. In the fifth, center
fielder Michael Brantley raced in and dived along his stomach to
take away a potential bloop hit.
Pedroia singled with one out in the sixth, and one out later
Ross connected for his 18th homer to make it 3-1.
Cleveland scored an unearned run in the bottom half when Jason
Donald went to third as Boston made two errors on his leadoff
grounder up the middle. Pedroia got in front of the ball, but it
skipped past him. Aviles backed up the play, tracked down the ball
in short center, and threw to first because Donald made a wide turn
with the idea of trying for second. He ended up walking to third
when Aviles’ throw skipped into the stands behind the Boston
Donald scored on Carrera’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-2.
Seddon allowed five hits and two earned runs over six innings in
his second start since the Indians purchased the left-hander’s
contract from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 5.
NOTES: Boston LHP Felix Doubront will miss his next start, and
RHP Aaron Cook will start Wednesday against Baltimore. Red Sox
manager Bobby Valentine says Doubront’s velocity has been down, and
he might be helped by skipping a start. … OF Scott Podsednik,
signed by Boston before the game, started in left field and batted
ninth. He was traded to Arizona on July 31, but was released after
declining an assignment to the minors. … OF Ryan Sweeney (broken
hand) was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for
Podsednik on the 40-man roster. … Indians DH Travis Hafner, on
the DL with a bulging disc in his back, had an injection to relieve
inflammation. There is no timetable for his return. … Cleveland
released RHP Derek Lowe, who had been designated for assignment on
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