Game over Not many opportunities for a Red Sox laugher but this was one of them. The Sox stroked 15 hits and scored 14 runs, highlighted by an 8-run fifth inning to bury the Indians. The Sox and Indians split the four-game series. Jon Lester improved to 6-10 and went six innings, allowing one run on three hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts. The Sox smacked seven doubles and a two-run homer by Adrian Gonzalez, who knocked in four runs. Carl Crawford had three hits - all doubles - and knocked in three runs. Mike Aviles reached base five times and scored three runs. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia also had three hits. The game was played in 3:20 before 27,448.
Top 9th: Red Sox 14, Indians 1 Interesting inning. Clay Mortensen got to hit and struck out against Joe Smith. The Sox lost the DH when Saltalamacchia moved from DH to first base.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 14, Indians 1 Bobby V made some serious changes in the defense. Jarrod Saltalamacchia went from DH to first base. Pedro Ciriaco went from second base to centerfield. Nick Punto went from first base to second base. Clay Mortenson was pitching. Ciriaco, who has been working out in the outfield, caught the first two outs of the inning. Cody Ross caught the third out after Mortensen allowed a basehit..
Top 8th: Red Sox 14, Indians 1 Danny Valencia was the only Sox starter without a hit and he knocked into a 4-6-3 DP to end the inning after Aviles singled and reached base for the fifth time.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 14, Indians 1 Lester's line: 6IP, 3H, 1ER, 2BB, 12Ks. Tazawa replaced him. Lou Marson reached on an infield hit on a nice play in the hole by Aviles, who also made a strong throw to first base. Carrera doubled to left center, but Marson looked like he was trying to score, but put on the brakes and went back to third base. Tazawa then stranded runners in scoring position.
Top 7th: Red Sox 14, Indians 1 The Sox need one more run to match their single-game high June 20 vs. Miami when they won 15-5. The Sox have most of their scrubs in. Pedro Ciriaco is at second, Nick Punto at first, Scott Podsednik in left. Ryan Lavarnway is catching. Ciriaco beat out an infield hit and after he erased on a fielder's choice by Punto, Punto was awarded second on a throwing error by the second baseman, but Sox couldn't score.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 14, Indians 1 Lester is on his way to his 12th quality start in 24, not a great ratio, but he's pitching well today. He's got 12 strikeouts and Junichi Tazawa is warming so this might be the end of his day.
Top 6th: Red Sox 14, Indians 1 Mike Aviles stroked the team's seventh double, but the Sox can't add another run.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 14, Indians 1 No lack of run support for Jon Lester this time.The 14 runs is equal to the total number of runs of support he received (while he's been in the game) in his last six starts.
Top 5th: Red Sox 14, Indians 1 Not many of these lopsided games for the Sox this season, so this one has been different. The Sox tacked on eight more runs off relievers Josh Tomlin and Frank Hermann. Tomlin is a pitcher who the Red Sox wanted from Cleveland when they were shopping Kevin Youkilis. Tomlin surrendered an infield single to Dustin Pedroia, a walk to Adrian Gonzalez and a nice opposite-field single by Cody Ross scoring Pedroia. Gonzalez scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's infield single. We should not that it was hustle that got both Pedroia and Salty basehits and extended this inning. After Mike Aviles walked to load the bases, newly-acquired third baseman Danny Valenica, who was 0-2 in his previous at-bats, got the third run of the inning in a on a sacrifice fly to left field for the first out of the inning. With two outs, Jacoby Ellsbury drilled a double to the rightcenter gap scoring two more. Crawford followed with his third double, another gapper to rightcenter, scoring Ellsbury. The doubles just kept on coming. Gonzalez stroked another right-center gap double scoring two more.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 6, Indians 1 Lester got them out again, adding another K, his seventh. Jack Hannahan hit a deep fly to center but Jacoby Ellsbury caught it on the warning track.
Top 4th: Red Sox 6, Indians 1 The Red Sox tacked on a run basically because Mike Aviles was ripped at being hit in the hand by a Kluber pitch and went on a mission to score. he stole second base and tried to steal third, but was driven in by Kelly Shoppach's single. One unusual sighting was to see Carl Crawford not run all out on a ground ball out. Crawford usually runs out everything to put pressure on the defense.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 5, Indians 1 Lester struck out the side amid a two-out single by Carlos Santana. There was a 2-1 pitch Lester thought he should have had and stared down home plate umpire Marty Foster.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 5, Indians 1 Sox go down in order. Cody Ross has struck out twice, completely fooled by Kluber in both at-bats.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 5, Indians 1 Lester walked No. 9 hitter Ezequiel Carrera, but that was his only difficult moment in this inning, capping it off with a strikeout of leadoff hitter Jason Donald.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 5, Indians 1Carl Crawford had visions of Tampa Bay in his head as he stroked a double to rightcenter scoring a pair of Boston runners. Mike Aviles singled to lead off the inning against Kluber, and after the next two Sox were retired, Jacoby Ellsbury placed a single to left, setting up Crawford's big hit and his second double in as many at-bats.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 3, Indians 1 Jon Lester has a three-run lead before he even set foot on the mound but once he did the first two Indians batters singled to create first and third with no outs.Shin-Soo Choo struck out. Carlos Santana got one run in with a sacrifice fly to center easily scoring Jason Donald, who had singled to left to start the rally. Shelley Duncan had an outstanding at-bat against Lester and earned a walk on a 3-2 count before Brent Lillibridge ended the 27-pitch inning with a force play at second base..
Top 1st: Red Sox 3, Indians 0 Back to back doubles by Carl Crawford and Dustin Pedroia produced the first red Sox run off Indians starter Corey Kluber with one out. Adrian Gonzales followed with a towering home run to right field. Kluber settled down and struck out both Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.