BOSTON Felix Doubront gave the Red Sox a much needed shot of starting pitching confidence Saturday night against the Indians. Doubront went six innings, giving up one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts, as the Sox beat the Indians, 4-1.
He threw 109 pitches (66 strikes), his third-highest pitch total this season, behind 111 in his last start on May 7, and 110 on April 26.
Those three games account for Doubronts three wins this season, as he improved to 3-1 with a 4.46 ERA.
It was Doubronts second quality start in seven outings this season.
The offense gave him an early lead, with two outs in the third and another in the fourth. Mike Aviles led off the third with a single to center, scoring on Dustin Pedroias one-out double off the wall in left. David Ortizs double off the wall in left-center scored Pedroia.
Daniel Nava led off the fourth with a single to left, taking third on Jarrod Saltalamacchias ground-rule double to right, and scored on Aviles sacrifice fly.
Cody Ross crushed a two-out solo shot in the sixth, the ball clearing the Monster, landing on the parking deck across Lansdowne Street. It was Ross sixth home run of the season.
Three relievers Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla, and Alfredo Aceves combined to pitch three scoreless innings. Aceves earned his seventh save with a perfect ninth inning.
The day after clinching the A.L. East title despite a loss, the Red Sox send out a semi-makeshift lineup Thursday night as they look to avoid a three-game sweep by the Yankees in the Bronx.
Reserve third baseman Aaron Hill is leading off, Dustin Pedroia gets the night off, Deven Marrero starts at second base, and David Ortiz is, somewhat surprisingly, back in there at DH against left-hander C.C. Sabbathia (8-12, 4.02 ERA).
Left-hander Henry Owens (0-1, 7.79) gets the start for the Red Sox in place of Drew Pomeranz, who is bothered by tightness in his left forearm and will work out of the bullpen, if at all, for the final four games of the regular season.
Aaron Hill 3B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Chris Young RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Ryan Hanigan C
Travis Shaw 1B
Deven Marrero 2B
Henry Owens LHP
Brett Gardner LF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Gary Sanchez DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Chase Headley 3B
Brian McCann C
Aaron Hicks RF
Tyler Austin 1B
C.C. Sabathia LHP
One of the biggest gifts David Ortiz could get this weekend as he plays his final regular-season games is a well-traveled area right outside Fenway Park.
Massachusetts lawmakers have taken steps to name the Brookline Avenue bridge that spans the Mass Pike between Newbury and Lansdowne streets near the ballpark the “David Ortiz (‘Big Papi’) Bridge.
The House Ways and Means committee included the proposal as part of a spending bill that the full House could vote on as soon as Thursday and, if approved, send on to the Senate.
“David Ortiz’s accomplishments and heroics on and off the baseball field have made him a living legend, and his heartfelt contributions to the communities here and in his native Dominican Republic have made him an icon,” said Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker. “As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am thrilled to be able to help our Commonwealth create a lasting ‘Thank You’ to Big Papi through the renaming of this bridge.”
The proposal calls for a “suitable marker” to be placed on the bridge bearing the new name.
“I’m so excited to be part of this process of giving David Ortiz, one of the greatest Red Sox of all time, his proper due by naming a bridge in his honor,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “David has not only been an extraordinary baseball player, he has been an exemplary and inspirational member of our community, most notably after the Boston Marathon bombings. As a fan, I will miss his stride up to the plate followed by a clutch hit and the ballpark exploding into applause.”