BOSTON -- Nick Swisher lined a home run into the right-field seats behind Pesky Pole in the top of the 11th inning off of Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa to give the Indians a 3-2 win at Fenway Park on Father's Day.
Red Sox fall to Tribe in 11 innings, 3-2
June 15, 2014, 4:45 pm
Daniel Nava, David Ross and Grady Sizemore were retired in order by Indians closer Cody Allen to end the game. The loss was Boston's second in as many days by the same score.
For the sold-out crowd of 37,356 kids, their dads and others in attendance, a positive takeaway came in the form of Brandon Workman, who put together yet another strong start for the Sox as he awaits the ruling on his appeal of a six-game suspension.
Using a mix of his fastball, cutter and 12-to-6 curveball, he struck out seven in six-plus innings of work.
After allowing a solo home run to Michael Brantley in the top of the first inning, Workman settled in and threw five consecutive scoreless innings. He worked out of jams in both the fourth and fifth innings, in which the Indians had runners on first and second with one out.
Workman was pulled and replaced by Burke Badenhop after two batters in the seventh inning. The 6-foot-5 righty starter was charged with his second earned run of the game when Cleveland right fielder David Murphy scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of catcher Yan Gomes.
The Red Sox struck early after Brock Holt led off the bottom of the first with a single. He moved to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a ground out by Dustin Pedroia. David Ortiz planted a Corey Kluber cutter off the Wall to score Holt and was promptly thrown out at second trying to stretch his single into a double.
They scored again in the fifth when with one out Jackie Bradley Jr. walked and Holt singled for the second time in the game, moving Bradley Jr. from first to third. The Sox centerfielder scored when Pedroia hustled out a ground ball, beating a 6-4-3 double play attempt by Cleveland that would have ended the inning.
Stephen Drew started at shortstop and hit eighth in the order after missing a week with an oblique injury. He looked healthy, recording two singles and a stolen base.
Xander Bogaerts was kept out of the starting lineup with "flu-like" symptoms, but he made an appearance in the ninth inning as a pinch runner for AJ Pierzynski.