Notes: Doubront shows progress in Sunday start

Notes: Doubront shows progress in Sunday start
May 26, 2013, 8:45 pm
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BOSTON --  Felix Doubront was on his way to a loss before the Red Sox offense pulled off a four-run eruption in the ninth inning, for a 6-5 win. Doubront got a no-decision instead, with Craig Breslow, who pitched the final two innings, getting the win.
 
Doubront went six innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts and two home runs. He threw 112 pitches, 73 for strikes, lowering his ERA from 5.61 to 5.29.
 
“Overall I felt good, felt good, couple of mistakes,” Doubront said. “Those two homers and the 0-2 mistake to [Carlos] Santana for the first two runs. Other than that, you know, keep working, keep working, other innings and ….I think everything went well. No matter what happens I have to keep working and be more efficient and try to do better next time moving forward.
 
“Try to keep the ball down next time and be more efficient.”

The Indians got to Doubront for two unearned runs in the first. Michael Bourn opened the game with a single and stole second. Jason Kipnis reached on an error by  center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. After Asdrubal Cabrera struck out, Nick Swisher singled to load the bases.  After Mark Reynolds struck out, Carlos Santana singled, scoring Bourn and Kipnis. But, Santana was thrown out trying to stretch a double.
 
Solo home runs by Kipnis with two outs in the fifth, just beyond the Pesky Pole, and Swisher leading off the sixth extended Cleveland’s lead.
 
With one out in the second, Doubront allowed back-to-back walks to Cleveland’s Nos. 8 and 9 hitters, Mike Aviles and Drew Stubbs, Doubront then retired the next 10 batters – five on strikeouts – before Kipnis’ home run. He retired 14 of his final 16 batters – but the other two were both home runs.
 
He has  allowed two or fewer earned runs in his last three starts, posting an ERA of 3.18, giving up six earned runs over 17 innings. He recorded 8 strikeouts to match a season high for third time. It marks the  most strikeouts he’s recorded in five May outings and his most in an outing of  six innings or less since May 22, 2012 when he had nine in six innings.
 
Doubront has been working with pitching coach Juan Nieves on his mechanics. He’s also been working on putting batters away when he gets ahead of them, something that was an issue in this game.
 
“Maybe just rushing through the at-bat and not maintaining the same approach thinking the at-bat might be over before it is,” manager John Farrell said. “He gets ahead of Kipnis with two fastballs and he mislocates on another fastball. He continues to make progress and I thought today was another step in the right direction. Yet you can pinpoint a couple of things he can be better at, for sure.”
 
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The Sox improved their major league-leading record in day games to 12-5 (.707).

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The Sox win, combined with the Yankees’ loss, puts them percentage points behind New York (.612, 30-19) for first place in the American League East. It is the first time the Sox have not trailed in the division since May 10.

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Dustin Pedroia walked twice in the game and has now reached base at least twice in a game an AL-high 34 times this season. He is the first Red Sox middle infielder to reach base twice in at least 34 of the club’s first 51 games in a season in the live ball era (since 1920).
 
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David Ortiz doubled in the 9th inning and has reached base safely in each of his last 15 games since May 10. In that stretch he is hitting .327, going 18-for-55, with four home runs, 17 RBI, and nine walks. He stole
third base in the 9th inning, his second steal of the season, second steal of third in less than a week, and second steal of third in his career. It is the first time he has recorded multiple stolen bases in a season since 2007, when he had three steals.
 
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Stephen Drew went 3-for-4 with 3 runs and a stolen base. He had two extra-base hits, with a double and a triple,  matching his season high for the third time. The triple was his third of the season, all at Fenway Park. Since 1978, the only other Sox shortstop with at least three triples in a season is Nomar Garciaparra, who did it four times.
 
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked in the seventh inning to extend his career-long on-base streak to 15 consecutive games with a plate appearance. In that stretch he is batting .300, going 15-for-50 with 7 walks.