CLEVELAND When the Red Sox showed up in Cleveland on Monday night, they were a far different team than the one that was at Progressive Field 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. Though the Red Sox have been hot -- they had won eight of their last nine games before Monday -- Boston still has not won a game in Cleveland this season after being swept here 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.