Closing Time: Red Sox drop second straight to Terry Francona's Indians

Rob Bradford
June 03, 2014 - 6:14 pm

CLEVELAND -- For Jake Peavy, there was a bad start and a bad finish. That was just enough to make for a bad night at Progressive Field for the Red Sox. The Red Sox starter allowed three first-inning runs to the Indians but settled down to leave with runners on first and second and one out in a 3-3 game in the seventh inning. But putting those pair of baserunners proved costly, as Michael Bourn greeted Sox reliever Andrew Miller with a one-out, two-run double over the head of left fielder Jonny Gomes. The Bourn hit would be the difference, handing the Red Sox a 5-3 loss for their second straight defeat to Terry Francona's club. Peavy had entered the seventh not allowing a run, and just two hits, after his first-inning issues. But he would kick off his final frame by first walking David Murphy before giving up a single to Yan Gomes. After a comebacker to the mound from Mike Aviles cut down the lead runner at third, the righty gave way to Miller. The Red Sox had come into the game allowing the second-fewest inherited runners to score (17.8 percent) in the majors, with Miller not letting any of his 14 previous inherited runners to reach home plate. The odds were also in the Sox' favor heading into the Bourn at-bat considering the lefty hitter came into the night with just a .188 batting average against southpaws. The caveat? Bourn had four hits in six at-bats against Miller. "Obviously that'€™s something I pride myself on and you never want to give up somebody else'€™s runs," Miller said. "It'€™s a terrible feeling, let alone in that situation, but that'€™s not the focus. It'€™s just one of those things I felt like I was behind in the count, he took a good pitch, and I think just wanted to put the ball in play. "I knew he hit it off the barrel, but knowing who it was and seeing how high it was off the bat I thought it was going to be OK, but it wasn't. He hit it as good as I think he can hit a ball in that direction, so it was certainly not the outcome I'€™m looking for, and do something different next time. But it seems like he'€™s had some success off me in the past. I need to go back and figure something different out because I know when I pulled up the replay I think he was 4-for-6 entering that at-bat and now he'€™s 5-for-7 off of me so I need to do something different. Like I said, when I saw the ball come off his bat that way, I felt he was in pretty good shape. It just didn't work out." Not helping matters was the Red Sox' inability to get to Cleveland starter Glenn Anthony House. (He's known better as "T.J." which is short for "Tiger Junior," a tip of the hat to his father's nickname.) House, making just his third career major league start, held the Sox to two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. Here is what went wrong (and right) for the Red Sox. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX -- The first inning was an absolute disaster for Peavy, who saw the Indians put up three runs thanks to five straight singles to start the game. The saving grace for the Red Sox starter was getting a 6-4-3, run-scoring double play grounder off the bat of Ryan Raburn, helping limit the damage. -- Making his second major league start, Alex Hassan struggled mightily. The Milton native fanned four times, three against House. The last punch-out came with runners on first and second and two outs in the seventh against former Red Sox minor leaguer Nick Hagadone. -- The Red Sox had a golden chance to at least draw even in the sixth inning after already scoring a run. But Brock Holt -- who came into the game hitting .421 against lefties -- grounded out to shortstop with runners on second and third against southpaw Marc Rzepczynski to end the threat. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX -- The Red Sox got to old friend Scott Atchison in the seventh, needing just two at-bats to tie the game at 3. First, Xander Bogaerts led off with a double. Dustin Pedroia's then delivered a hit into the right-field corner, allowing Bogaerts to score courtesy Murphy's errant throw home. Atchison was coming off an outing on Sunday in which he struck out all three batters he faced. -- While the Red Sox had a devil of a time getting to House, they did get something going against his replacement, Rzepczynski, in the sixth inning. The lefty was immediately greeted by an RBI single from Jonathan Herrera, plating Gomes with the visitors' second run. -- The Sox had initially gotten on the board with a run in the third inning when Bogaerts launched his second home run in as many nights, this time clearing the left-field wall. -- Reliever Burke Badenhop got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth, inducing an inning-ending double play ground ball off the bat of the only batter he faced, Yan Gomes. The execution kept it a two-run game heading into the ninth.