August 11, 2012

G115: Cleveland 5, Red Sox 2

Red Sox   - 000 200 000 - 2  4  0
Cleveland - 001 011 11x - 5  6  0
Zach McAllister (8-3-2-0-4, 100) shut down the Red Sox. Over the final five innings, Boston batted with a runner on base only once.

Adrian Gonzalez's two-run double scored Jacoby Ellsbury (2-for-4, two doubles) and Carl Crawford and gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. It was short-lived.

Brent Lillibridge (3-for-4) homered in the third and stroked a game-tying RBI-single in the fifth. Franklin Morales (5.1-2-3-4-6, 108) struggled in that inning and, at 89 pitches, was sent out to pitch the sixth. He got the first out, thanks to a remarkable diving play by Dustin Pedroia, but then walked Asdrubal Cabrera, plunked Sing-Soo Choo and ended up intentionally walking Carlos Santana.

Andrew Miller allowed a sac fly that gave Cleveland a 3-2 lead. A squeeze bunt from Lou Marson scored Lillibridge (who had doubled) in the seventh. In the eighth, Santana doubled off Craig Breslow and scored on Ezequiel Carrera's single.

Boston was retired in order in the first, second, third, fifth, seventh, and eighth innings. In the sixth, Ellsbury led off with a double but was gunned down trying for a triple. Pedroia singled with two outs in the ninth.

The Red Sox dropped to 56-59; they are 12 GB the Yankees in the East and currently 6 GB in the wild card race.
Franklin Morales / Zach McAllister
Ellsbury, CF
Crawford, LF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Ross, RF
Saltalamacchia, C
Lavarnway, DH
Aviles, SS
Ciriaco, 3B

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