Sox bullpen stumbles against Indians, 3-2

Sox bullpen stumbles against Indians, 3-2
June 14, 2014, 7:30 pm
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BOSTON - Timely pitching outdid timely hitting for most of Saturday's game between the Red Sox and Indians, but that trend gave way in the top of the 7th.

Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa allowed the tying and go-ahead runs as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 3-2, at Fenway Park.

Breslow came on in the top of the 7th after six innings of one-run ball out of Jake Peavy. Cleveland got to him though, scoring a run and chasing him from the game with the bases loaded. That's when Tazawa walked in the next batter.

The Sox couldn't come back in the later stages of the game.

Peavy had a strong start for Boston, perhaps his strongest since late April, as he went 6.0 innings allowing just one run on seven hits, two walks, and two hit batters, while striking out five. Peavy lowered his ERA to 4.53 on the year. He didn't make it look easy out there though, getting in and out of numerous jams along the way.

Boston got on the board first for Peavy in the bottom of the 1st inning when David Ortiz's double to deep right field scored Xander Bogaerts.

It looked as though the Indians would counter in the top of the 2nd inning, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, but Peavy got David Murphy to fly out and Carlos Santana to foul out to end the threat.

But he wouldn't have such luck the next time around, as the Indians tied the game at one on an Asdrubal Cabrera double that scored Michael Bourn from first base.

The score would remain that way for a few innings, as both Peavy and Indians starter T.J. House battled to keep runners from touching home.

The Sox put the first two men on in the bottom of the 3rd inning, but Xander Bogaerts grounded into a double play and Dustin Pedroia lined to short to end things.

The Indians then put their first two men on base in the 4th before Nick Swisher's sacrifice bunt moved them each up a base. After striking out Murphy, Peavy hit Carlos Santana to load the bases.

That's when Yan Gomes flied out to Brock Holt in right field.

The next inning, the Indians threatened again. And again, Peavy got out of the jam. After Lonnie Chisenhall walked to load the bases with two outs, Swisher grounded harmlessly to Pedroia.

It wasn't until the bottom of the 6th when the Sox scored again - and just barely.

With Dustin Pedroia standing on third base after doubling to lead off the inning and moving to third base on David Ortiz' ground out, Mike Napoli walked. That brought Jonny Gomes to the plate.

Off the bat, it didn't look promising. Gomes grounded somewhat softly to Cabrera at shortstop, who turned and threw to Jason Kipnis at second for the first out. Napoli slid in hard to second, taking a bit off Kipnis' throw to first where Gomes was hustling down the line.

The result? Gomes was safe - and Pedroia scored. The Sox took a 2-1 lead.

But the Indians came right back in the top of the 7th with Breslow now on the hill.

Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an infield single after Mike Napoli couldn't dig out Jonathan Herrera's throw from deep short, and Michael Brantley singled in the next at-bat, moving Cabrera to third base.

Kipnis then grounded to Pedroia, who decided to go home with the ball instead of turning the double play. The Sox would have had Cabrera out at home too, but A.J. Pierzynski couldn't keep the ball in his glove as he turned to make the tag.

Cabrera was safe, and the game was now tied.

Breslow then got the next two batters out before walking David Murphy to load the bases. That brought on Junichi Tazawa, who the Sox hoped could stop the bleeding right there with Santana up.

He couldn't.

Tazawa walked Santana on five pitches, a couple of them close calls. That would give the Indians a 3-2 lead, and it was all they would need.

Boston stranded a runner in the 7th and 8th innings, never putting together a serious threat.

Brock Holt got on base three times, stole a base, and was credited with an outfield assist in his first career game in right field.

The Red Sox stranded seven runners on the day, and grounded into three double plays.