By the end of the game, only a few thousands hearty and water-logged souls remained at Fenway Park on a May day better suited for November. But their perseverance was rewarded.
The Red Sox scored four runs in the eighth inning and beat the Indians, 7-4.
It was the first loss of the year for the Cleveland bullpen.
The Sox, down 4-3, had a runner on second and two outs when pinch hitter Mike Carp doubled off the wall in left to tie it. Dustin Pedroia followed with a double to give the Sox the lead against Vinny Pestano (1-1).
After David Ortiz was intentionally walked, Mike Napoli walked to load the bases. When Daniel Nava popped up behind shortstop, the ball fell untouched and two runs scored.
Junichi Tazawa (4-2) was the winner with Andrew Bailey getting his sixth save.
Carp has 15 hits this season, 11 for extra bases. He’s 6 for 12 against Cleveland with five of those extra-base hits and six RBIs.
Indians starter Scott Kazmir was facing the Red Sox for the first time since Aug. 18, 2011. The lefthander lasted five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks.
Jose Iglesias (3 for 4) reached on an infield single in the second inning, took second on a balk, and scored on a single by Pedro Ciriaco.
Nava drew a walk in the fourth inning and took third when Iglesias doubled down the line. When Ryan Raburn bobbled the ball in right field, Nava scored.
Trailing, 3-2, the Sox tied the game in the sixth inning against Bryan Shaw. Iglesias singled and went to third when Ciriaco reached on an infield single and third baseman Mark Reynolds threw the ball away.
With runners on second and third and one out, Cleveland manager Terry Francona ordered Ellsbury intentionally walked. Jonny Gomes came through with a sacrifice fly to tie it.
Jon Lester had a rocky start for the Sox, allowing four runs on 10 hits over seven innings. Lester has given up nine earned runs in 13 innings in his last two starts.
Nick Swisher had an RBI double in the first inning. The Indians scored two runs in the third inning on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter. They took a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning when Mike Aviles singled, took third on a single by Asdrubal Cabrera, and scored on a wild pitch.
The bottom two hitters in the Red Sox’ order, Iglesias and Ciriaco, were 6 of 8 with three runs and one RBI.Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.