Closing Time: Sox bullpen falters, Indians snap Boston’s seven-game home win streak

June 14, 2014 - 3:31 pm
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Entering Saturday'€™s game, the Red Sox bullpen posted a collective 2.90 ERA - good for sixth lowest in baseball this season. However, Boston'€™s usually stout relief corps would cost the team Saturday, as the Indians scored two runs off of lefty Craig Breslow in the seventh en route to a 3-2 win at Fenway Park. The loss snaps Boston'€™s brief two-game win streak and seven-game home winning streak, which originated on May 28 against the Braves.The Red Sox are now 8-15 this season in one-run games this season. With the Red Sox leading 2-1 going into the seventh, Breslow entered the game and surrendered two-straight singles to Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley, putting runners at the corners with no outs. Jason Kipnis followed with a groundout to Dustin Pedroia, who proceeded to throw home in an attempt to retire the advancing Cabrera. While the throw was in time, Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski mishandled the ball, allowing Cabrera to score and put runners on first and second. After walking David Murphy to load the bases, Breslow was pulled for Junichi Tazawa, who proceeded to walk Carlos Santana, forcing in a run and giving Cleveland a 3-2 lead. It was the first time that Tazawa has walked in a run in his major-league career. The Sox bullpen spoiled a solid, if not pressure-filled game by starter Jake Peavy, who, despite allowing 11 men to reach base in six innings, only allowed one run and kept his team in the game. Peavy finished the game with a final line of six innings pitched, seven hits, one earned run, two walks, five strikeouts and two hit batters. It was the fewest runs that Peavy has allowed in a start since April 25 against the Blue Jays. With the loss, Boston falls to 31-37 on the season. Here'€™s what went wrong (and right) with the Red Sox on Saturday:  WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX -- While he did finish the game 1-for-3 with a ground-rule double, Dustin Pedroia continues to struggle with runners in scoring position this year. With two outs in the bottom of the third and Bogaerts just 90 feet away from home, Pedroia stepped up to the plate and lined out to Cabrera at short, ending the inning. On the season, Pedroia is 3-for-31 (.096) with two outs and runners in scoring position. -- A.J. Pierzynski'€™s costly error in the seventh was deflating for the Sox, as the Indians managed to tie the game while keeping runners on both first and second. The miscue was Pierzynski'€™s third error in 49 games this season. -- The Red Sox constantly shot themselves in the foot Saturday, grounding into three double plays. Boston has grounded into 65 double plays in 2014, which is the second-highest mark in baseball this season. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX -- While he was far from perfect, Peavy did a great job getting out of multiple jams in his outing. Cleveland had seven runners in scoring position during Peavy'€™s six innings of work, including two bases-loaded scenarios. Peavy managed to tightrope his way out of danger throughout the start, as none of the seven Cleveland batters in scoring position managed to reach home.  Batters are hitting just .189 (7-for-37) against Peavy with two outs and runners in scoring position this season. --  The Red Sox got on the board early in the contest against Indians rookie T.J. House, as David Ortiz drilled a changeup from the southpaw into right field for a double, scoring Xander Bogaerts from first, giving Boston a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Ortiz'€™s double further advanced the slugger up in the Red Sox record books, as it was the slugger'€™s 422nd double with Boston -- tying him with Hall-of-Fame third baseman Wade Boggs for fourth all-time in franchise history. -- The Brock Holt hype train continues. The jack-of-all-trades utility man performed well in his first start of the season out in right field, even saving a run in the second inning. The Forth Worth, Texas native contributed in other areas as well, finishing the day 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base. Holt has now hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, hitting .387 with with six doubles and 8 RBIs during that stretch.

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