Closing Time: Red Sox erupt against Justin Masterson, Indians

June 13, 2014 - 6:25 pm
Categories: 

That "big hit" that's been so elusive for the 2014 Red Sox? The club had several of those on Friday night. The Red Sox set a new season-high in runs scored, tallying 11 hits in the 10-3 victory against the Indians. Coming up with a hit with runners in scoring position is a problem that's plagued the Red Sox all season; prior to Friday night, the club was hitting just .239/.336/.362 in those situations. But things clicked against the Indians, with the team going 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position, stranding just six runners on base. The Red Sox lineup chased Justin Masterson from the game after just two-plus innings, working four walks off the Indians starter; the former Sox pitcher became the 11th starter this season whom the Sox knocked out before the fifth inning. Though they tagged Masterson for just three hits, two of those were hit very hard and very far. A.J. Pierzynski drove in a pair of runs with a double to the center-field triangle in the second, while Jackie Bradley Jr. followed up with a deep triple to right center, hitting the ball off the short bullpen wall. Mike Napoli came through with a one-out double in the third, driving in the two go-ahead runs. The Sox took full advantage of the free passes from Masterson; three of the four hitters he walked came around to score, while the other, David Ortiz, was thrown out at the plate while trying to score from second base on Daniel Nava'€™s single up the middle. But they found success even after the wild Masterson left the game, adding another three runs in the seventh inning. A double off the bat of Dustin Pedroia with runners on the corners and one out brought in two more runs, while Napoli's single brought in another and Daniel Nava's double drove in the ninth (and final) run. After managing just one run in their last series, the Red Sox have scored five or more runs in back-to-back games and have outscored the Indians 15-5. With the victory, the Red Sox extended their winning streak at Fenway Park to seven games. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX -- Lackey cruised through the first inning, throwing just eight pitches, and settled in nicely after a couple of shaky innings in the second and third. At one point, Lackey retired eight straight, while he allowed just one hit in his last 4 2/3 innings of work. He generated seven swinging strikes on the night, getting five on his fastball and two on his cutter, for a solid 6 2/3 innings with five punchouts and just one walk in which he allowed three runs. He remains the team's most consistent starter, having delivered a team-high 11 quality starts. -- Pedroia drove in a pair of runs and reached base three times on the night, drawing two walks -- on the same day that he and his wife, Kelli, welcomed their third child (Brooks Pedroia) into the world. Prior to his double, Pedroia had gone five straight games without an extra-base hit and four games without a RBI. -- Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits on the night, adding a single in the seventh inning. It was Bradley'€™s first multi-hit performance this month; his last two-hit game came on May 28. -- Nava continues to swing a hot bat, and was able to lift his batting average over the .200 mark with a 2-for-4 night. Nava is 11-for-24 in the month of June, hitting .458 over that span and boosting his average on the season to .204. -- Xander Bogaerts busted out of his 0-for-19 slump with a bullet of a home run, lining a 94-mph fastball from Cody Allen, the ninth pitch of the at-bat, about 30 feet up the light tower over the Green Monster. Bogaerts had been 0-for-3 with a walk prior to the solo shot. -- The Red Sox made some strong plays on defense. Pedroia snared a sharp line drive in the first inning and made a diving stop on a grounder off the bat of Lonnie Chisenhall. Brock Holt continued to show that he can prove solid defense at just about any position, making a nice read and grabbing a line drive on the warning track in the sixth. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX -- Bogaerts committed his second error of the season and his first since moving to third base, misplaying a bullet off the bat of Michael Brantley. -- Lackey allowed his first home run in five starts, giving up a two-run blast to Carlos Santana on a 2-0 curveball. The right-hander had gone 33 1/3 without allowing a homer. He's allowed eight this season.

Comments ()