CLEVELAND -- It was a unique strategy. But an extra infielder, which the Red Sox employed with two on and one out in the bottom of the 12th, doesn't help when the batter belts the game out of the ballpark.
Asdrubal Cabrera foiled the Sox' move when he hit a walkoff three-run homer off Edward Mujica, giving the Cleveland Indians a 7-4 win over the Red Sox. Manager John Farrell had brought in outfielder Daniel Nava to the infield to cut down the run, but Cabrera nullified the strategy with the longball.
The game lasted 4:29, following a rain delay at the start of almost 2 1/2 hours.
The loss was Boston's third in a row, as they suffered a sweep at the hands of the suddenly streaking Indians, who have won six straight.
Brock Holt, who's been the engine to kick-start the Red Sox offense in the last two weeks, delivered a game-tying, two-run single in the in the
seventh, scoring Stephen Drew (walk) and Daniel Nava (single).
No sooner had the Sox tied things up in the top of the seventh than the Indians grabbed the lead right back in the bottom of the inning.
Starter Brandon Workman, who had allowed just one run through the first five innings, issued a leadoff walk and allowed a single to Michael Brantley, putting runners at the corners. Reliever Chris Capuano allowed a game-tying single to center to Jason Kipnis, and after a nicely executed bunt by Lonnie
Chisenhall filled the bases, gave up a two-run single to David Murphy, a soft liner just over the leap of Dustin Pedroia.
Held to just two hits through the first five innings by Cory Kluber, the Red Sox took their first lead when Xander Bogaerts was hit by a pitch and, one batter later, David Ortiz drilled a monster homer to straightaway center, his first since Memorial Day.
The Indians scored a run in the first for the third straight game, though they got some help from the Red Sox' defense.
With Asdrubal Cabrera (single, stolen base) on second, Michael Brantley hit a flare into shallow center. Drew drifted back on the ball as Jackie Bradley Jr. came racing in, but with poor communication, the ball dropped between them for a run-scoring single.
STAR OF THE GAME: Asdrubal Cabrera
Cabrera put an end to a long night (and early morning) with his three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th, handing the Indians a 7-4 victory over the Red Sox. It was Cleveland's sixth straight win, all at home.
HONORABLE MENTION: Carlos Carasco
Carasco, the seventh Indians pitcher of the night, tossed two scoreless innings in relief and was overpowering, recording four strikeouts in his stint.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Edward Mujica
Mujica had had five straight scoreless appearances before Wednesday night, but he stumbled in a big way, allowing two singles and then a game-winning three-run homer to Cabrera.
TURNING POINT: In the top of the 11th, pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes led off by getting hit by a pitch, but a poorly executed bunt by Stephen Drew forced Gomes at second and the Sox never generated any additional offense the right of the way.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, and finished the series just 3-for-21 with RISP in the three game sweep.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "That's got some frustration to it. We've got to continue to find ways to execute when the game is calling for it -- offensively, or in tonight's case, defensively a couple of times.'' John Farrell on the streakiness of his team, having lost 10 straight, won seven in a row, and now, lost three more.