Indians snap Sox winning streak with 3-2 victory

Indians snap Sox winning streak with 3-2 victory
June 2, 2014, 9:30 pm
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CLEVELAND -- Silenced for the first seven innings, the Red Sox stirred to life in the eighth inning Monday night, thanks to a two-run, two-strike home run from Xander Bogaerts, but the noises was too little, too late as the Sox' seven-game winning streak was snapped in a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

The homer came off reliever Bryan Shaw, but the Cleveland bullpen nailed down the final four outs, with Cody Allen turning back the Sox in order in the ninth, getting former Indian Grady Sizemore to pop out to shortstop for the final out.

Starter Justin Masterson shutout his former club for seven innings, striking out 10 and allowed just three hits.

The win was just the second in seven tries for Cleveland manager Terry Francona against his former team. Boston had been seeking to set a record for most consecutive victories following a 10-game losing streak.

The Red Sox seemingly had Masterson on the ropes in the first inning after a single by Bogaerts and two walks loaded the bases with two outs.

But after falling behind Jonny Gomes 3-and-0, Masterson came back and got three called strikes in succession, stranding the bases full.

The Red Sox would get just one batter into scoring position against Masterson after the first.

John Lackey allowed three runs on eight hits over eight innings, but it proved too much for the Sox to overcome. He was tagged with a loss for just the second time since April 18.

The Indians stretched their lead to 3-0 in the third when Michael Bourn tripled to center and rode home on Asdrubal Cabrera's single to right.

Lackey got himself in trouble in the first when he walked two of the first three batters of the game and both came around to score when Lonnie Chisenhall dropped an opposite-field single just inside the left field line.

In seven of his previous 11 starts, Lackey hadn't walked two in an entire outing, much less the same inning.

 

STAR OF THE GAME: Justin Masterson

The one-time Red Sox pitcher shut out his former team over seven innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 10. It was his first win in nearly a month, dating back to May 8.

HONORABLE MENTION: Michael Bourn

The fleet center fielder was on base three times, scored two runs, and hit a leadoff triple in the third which led to the winning run for the Indians.

GOAT OF THE GAME: A.J. Pierzynski

Pierzynski walked in the first inning, but then hit into two innings-ending, rally-killing double plays in each of his next two plate appearances.


TURNING POINT: In the first inning, Masterson walked two to load the bases, then fell behind Jonny Gomes 3-and-0. But just when it seemed like he was about to walk in the first run, Masterson came back to throw three straight strikes and strand three. He was never in real trouble again.


BY THE NUMBERS: John Lackey gave up more runs in the first inning (two) then in his previous two starts combined, both scoreless. 

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I can't remember the last time I walked the leadoff guy to start a game. It cost me in the end for sure. It took my a while to find my location.'' - John Lackey on his first inning control issues.