CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians outslugged the Boston Red Sox for a second consecutive night last night to push their winning streak to a season-high five games.
The Indians got to Boston’s veteran starter Jake Peavy early and then with the death blow late to secure the 5-3 win, once again led by the clutch hitting of Michael Bourn. The center fielder was 2 for 4 with a game-winning two-RBI double in the seventh off Andrew Miller.
Before Peavy managed to settle in, the Tribe used five consecutive singles in the bottom of the first inning to produce a 3-0 lead that featured RBI hits by Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall.
But the Red Sox slowly chipped away at the deficit, beginning with a solo home run by Xander Bogaerts in the third inning — his second consecutive game with a homer.
Boston added a sixth-inning run on a Jonathan Herrera RBI single that came against Marc Rzepczynski, but was charged to Tribe starter T.J. House, who left with a lead but didn’t figure into the decision despite holding Boston to two runs on six hits over 5.2 innings.
Back-to-back doubles given up by Indians reliever Scott Atchison allowed the Red Sox to pull into a 3-3 in the seventh. But Indians left-hander Nick Hagadone made his first appearance of the season a memorable one, striking out A.J. Pierzynski with a ball in the dirt and Alex Hassan with high heat to escape the jam without giving up the lead.
After Hagadone got out of the seventh, the Tribe mounted a rally in the bottom of the inning as Bourn continued his hot streak at the plate with a two-run double over the head of left fielder Jonny Gomes that put the Indians back on top by two runs.