Red Sox fall to Indians in eighth, 3-2

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Red Sox fall to Indians in eighth, 3-2

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

CLEVELAND The Red Sox team that showed up in Cleveland Monday night was far different than the one that was here earlier this year. The results, however, were the same.

The Sox lost a one-run lead in the eighth inning, and fell 3-2 to the Indians. Boston still has not won a game at Progressive Field this season after being swept in Cleveland in early April.

On Monday night, two of the best right-handed prospects to emerge from the Red Sox system in recent years faced off against each other, with Clay Buchholz and Justin Masterson nearly matching each other pitch for pitch.

Buchholz went 7 13 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He threw 94 pitches (55 strikes), an economical decrease from the 127 pitches he threw in his last outing against the Tigers.

Masterson, who was packaged to Cleveland at the 2009 trading deadline for catcher Victor Martinez, went 7 23 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, two walks, and two hit batters, with three strikeouts. He threw 112 pitches, 70 strikes.

Buchholz left with one out in the eighth inning and the tying run on second base, giving way to Daniel Bard, who got pinch-hitter Carlos Santana to pop up to Kevin Youkilis for the second out. But Michael Brantleys RBI single tied the game, and Asdrubal Cabreras subsequent RBI double put the Indians ahead, 3-2.

Carl Crawford scored both Sox runs. He hit his second home run of the season in the fifth inning.

In the fourth, with one out, Crawford was safe on a single to shortstop. He took second on Jarrod Saltalamacchias groundout and scored on Dustin Pedroias single to right field. It was Pedroias first RBI since May 2, a span of 16 games.

Cabrera went 3-for-4 for the Indians, with his tenth home run of the season, leading off the fourth. It was Cabreras seventh consecutive hit, including his 5-for-5 showing Sunday against the Reds.

Pedroia left the game in the eighth inning as he stumbled rounding second base on Adrian Gonzalezs single to right.

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Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told RedSox.com through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.