Bourn, Indians hand Red Sox 5-3 loss

Bourn, Indians hand Red Sox 5-3 loss
June 3, 2014, 10:15 pm
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CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox got the matchup they wanted, but not the result.

In a tie game in the seventh, the Red Sox summoned lefty Andrew Miller from the bullpen to face lefty Michael Bourn. But Bourn foiled the strategy in a big way, swatting an opposite-field double off the left field wall, scoring two runs and sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox.

It was Boston's second straight loss and the fifth win in a row for the streaking Indians.

The loss went to Jake Peavy, who left two inherited runners for Miller.

Back-to-back double from Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia off former Red Sox reliever Scott Achison pulled the Red Sox even at 3-3 in the seventh.

Boston had finally begun to claw back in the sixth, scoring a run after two were out.

Jonny Gomes led the inning with a walk and moved into scoring position when Jackie Bradley worked a walk off Mark Rzepczynski. Jackie Bradley then notched his 20th RBI of the season with a sharp single to left, delivering Gomes.

Bogaerts' second homer of the series -- this one to left field -- got the Red Sox on the board in the third.

The Sox had early threats against starter T.J. House, but couldn't come up with the big hit when necessary. As he did in Monday's loss, Jonny Gomes struck out to end the first, stranding two this time.

In the second, a one-out, first-and-third opportunity was wasted when Jonathan Herrera grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Peavy had yielded hits to the first five hitters he faced, resulting in a quick 3-0 lead in the first.

After that rocky inning, however, Peavy settled in and retired 16 of the next 17 hitters he faced.

 

STAR OF THE GAME: Michael Bourn

Bourn had two hits, scored a run and delivered the go-ahead double in the seventh inning to give the Indians the lead for good.

HONORABLE MENTION: Nick Hagadone

The former Red Sox prospect, dealt to Cleveland in the Victor Martinez trade, make his first appearance of the season and picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He faced five hitters and fanned three of them.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Andrew Miller

Miller had been superb with inherited runners -- until Tuesday night. Called on to face Bourn with two on and one out in the seventh, Miller yielded a two-run double on a 2-and-1 pitch.

TURNING POINT: In the seventh, the Red Sox had runners on first and second with no outs, but stranded them at a time when a base hit might have won the game for them.

BY THE NUMBERS: Miller had stranded every one of the 14 inherited runners he had this season until Bourn's two-run double broke that streak.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Tonight was a grind. When you give up three (runs) before you get an out, it's a grind. It could have been as gratifying a start as I've had all year and then it goes to how you feel now, in a hurry.'' -- Losing pitcher Jake Peavy.

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