Red Sox mash their way to win over Tribe, 12-1


Red Sox mash their way to win over Tribe, 12-1

BOSTON The Red Sox already had a five-run lead when Dan Wheeler entered for the Indians in the seventh inning. But that didnt stop them for pounding the former Sox pitcher for six runs in the inning.

The Sox beat the Indians 12-1 taking three of the four games in the series, and giving them a three-game win streak, their longest since winning six in a row from April 23 -28.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia delivered the big blow with a two-run homer. He went 3-for-4 with a season-high five RBI, just two behind his career-high. It was his fifth home run of the season.

Daniel Nava went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and three RBI. He was also hit by two pitches from Justin Masterson.

Daniel Bard earned the win, improving to 3-4 with a 4.30 ERA. He went six innings, giving up one run on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts.

Bards outing, along with Clay Buchholz on Friday and and Felix Doubront on Saturday, gives the Sox a streak of three straight quality starts for the first time this season.

Masterson, the former Sox pitcher, took the loss, falling to 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA. He went six innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts, a home run, three hit batters and a wild pitch.

Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: E-Rod on mound, Bogaerts back to 2-hole


Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: E-Rod on mound, Bogaerts back to 2-hole

The Red Sox (93-67) look to close in on the No. 2 seed in the A.L. playoffs and home-field advantage in the Division Series with the Cleveland Indians (92-67) with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox send left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.68 ERA) to the mound against left-hander J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.20). Rodriguez is expected to pitch either Game 3 or 4 of the Division Series against the Indians next week.

If both teams finish with 94 wins, the Red Sox hold the tiebreaker over the Indians, based on Boston winning the season series, 4-2. The Indians may have to play a makeup game Monday with the Detroit Tigers.

The Jays are a game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the top A.L. wild-card spot and hold a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the second wild-card spot. 

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts moves back to his customary No. 2 spot in the batting order after hitting sixth Friday night. Right-handed hitting Aaron Hill is at third base and Christian Vazquez catches for Boston.

There will be the second of three ceremonies this weekend to honor retiring Red Sox DH David Ortiz before the game.  

The lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Jose Bautista DH
Russell Martin C
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Melvin Upton LF
Kevin Pillar CF
Ezequiel Carrera RF
J.A. Happ LHP 

Merloni: Did Rick Porcello cost himself the Cy Young?

Merloni: Did Rick Porcello cost himself the Cy Young?

Lou Merloni and Dan Shaughnessy discuss Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello's chance of winning the CY Young award and if his performance on Friday may have lost his chances.