Red Sox no match for Indians, 12-3

Red Sox no match for Indians, 12-3
May 23, 2013, 10:45 pm
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BOSTON —- Terry Francona won 411 regular season games at Fenway Park as a member of the Red Sox.

He just picked up his first with the Indians.

The Indians had their way with Ryan Dempster (2-5) and the Sox bullpen en route to a 12-3 romp.

Dempster was roughed up in just three innings of work for four earned runs on five hits, four walks, and four strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches in those three innings, 52 for strikes.

It matched Dempster's shortest outing since Oct. 3, 2012 at Oakland when he was with the Rangers.

While Dempster got out of the first inning without any problems, the second inning was when he ran into trouble and the pitch count started to rise. Drew Stubbs doubled to right with two outs, scoring Carlos Santana for the Indians' first run of the game.

In the third, Dempster struck out Jason Kipnis to kick things off, but followed that up with a single to Asdrubal Cabrera, and back-to-back walks to Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana.

Mark Reynolds then drove in two with a single and after a Yan Gomes walk, Mike Aviles grounded into a fielders choice that scored Santana.

But "relief" was far from what the Red Sox would get after replacing Dempster in the 4th inning. Clayton Mortensen came in and pitched two-plus innings giving up five runs (all earned) on five hits and three walks.

He left with the bases loaded in the sixth innings, no outs, as Alex Wilson took over. Wilson allowed a single that scored one before Mike Napoli dropped a pop-up in foul ground. On the next pitch, Gomes laced a double to left field that scored two more.

The Indians would go on to score three more runs that inning and take a commanding 12-3 lead.

The Red Sox offense was relatively quiet, aside from one monster home run from David Ortiz in the third inning. Indians pitcher Zach McAllister (4-3) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over 5.0 innings. It matched the shortest outing of the season (also against the Sox on April 18). But McAllister's three earned runs has become the norm for him. He's allowed three or less over the last 11 starts dating back to Sept. 19, 2012.

Ortiz crushed a ball, with Dustin Pedroia and Daniel Nava on base, well over the Indians bullpen in right field. He took time to admire the hit before slowly trotting around the bases. That made it a 4-3 Indians lead, but that's as close as it would get for the rest of the game.

Jacoby Ellsbury was thrown out at the plate on Pedroia's single one at-bat before Ortiz hit his home run, with zero outs at the time.

Will Middlebrooks left the game before the top of the fifth with low back spasms, and was replaced by Pedro Ciriaco.

Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, and Andrew Miller each threw one scoreless inning.


Star of the Game: Michael Bourn
Bourn did a little bit of everything on Thursday night, which is exactly what he does best. Leading off for the Indians, Bourn went X-X with two RBI and a run scored. He also made his mark in the field, throwing out Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate for what would have been Boston's first run of the game. Had Ellsbury scored, a David Ortiz home run in the next at-bat would have tied the game at four.

Honorable Mention: Zach McAllister
It's not the prettiest of stat lines for a starting pitcher - 5.0 innings, three earned runs on five hits, three walks, and five strikeouts - but aside from one blip in the third inning (Ortiz' home run), McAllister shut the Sox out. He allowed just two hits in the other four innings. The Indians have won the last five games he's started.

The Goat: Ryan Dempster
The Red Sox pitcher couldn't even pitch four innings on Thursday night, forcing the Red Sox to go into their bullpen much, much earlier than they hoped. Dempster couldn't find any rhythm whatsoever early on, and his four walks gives him 10 total over the last 7.2 innings of work.

This is the Third straight game that Dempster hasn't pitched into the 6th inning, and he's trending in the wrong direction (5.0 innings 5/12, 4.2 innings 5/18).

The Turning Point: Top of the 6th
Despite only getting three innings out of Dempster, the Sox trailed only 6-3 going into the sixth inning. But that didn't last long. Mortensen put the first three batters on, and Alex Wilson made sure they all scored, and then some. By the end of the inning, the Indians had doubled theta score and lead 12-3.

By the Numbers: 1-for-19
The combined numbers from the Red Sox' 5-9 hitters. Mike Napoli had the lone hit, a single in the 2nd inning.

Quote of Note:
"Fastball in, fastball out." - David Ortiz, describing his 3rd-inning home run.