After a 2:28 rain delay, the Red Sox and Indians finally got their series finale underway at 9:33 p.m., and Brandon Workman put together a solid outing for the Sox in their final game at Progressive Field in 2014.
Workman allowed three runs, leaving the game with the Red Sox up 2-1 before the Indians grabbed a 4-2 lead. He was taken off the hook for the loss when the Sox tied the game 4-4 in the top of the seventh.
The Indians struck first on some bad luck for Workman due to sloppy play from Stephen Drew and Jackie Bradley Jr. With one out in the bottom of the first, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a lazy fly ball to shallow centerfield that it looked like Bradley could easily catch.
But Drew went out for the ball too, and Bradley slowed up thinking Drew would catch it. Naturally, neither did and it fell in for a puzzling single. Cabrera then promptly stole second base and scored on a single to center by Michael Brantley.
Workman got out of the inning allowing just the run, and went on a roll after that, retiring 12 of the 14 batters he faced over the next four innings, the only baserunners being on a Brantley single to the fourth and a Yan Gomes walk in the fifth.
He came out for the sixth after throwing 74 pitches and walked Cabrera on four pitches. After A.J. Pierzynski was thrown out for apparently arguing ball and strikes, Brantley singled Cabrera to third and John Farrell had seen enough from Workman, pulling him in favor of Chris Capuano.
Capuano gave up a single to Jason Kipnis, scoring Cabrera to tie the game, then a bunt single to Lonnie Chisenhall to load the bases, still nobody out. Burke Badenhop came into the game and allowed a two-run single to David Murphy to make it 4-2 before stopping the bleeding.
Workman’s final line was five innings pitched, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts, taking a no decision in his third start of the season.
Workman became the first Red Sox pitcher to go at least five innings and allow three or fewer runs in each of his first six career starts since Dave “Boo” Ferriss in 1945. His next start will be determined on the appeal of the six-game suspension he was given for throwing behind Evan Longoria on May 30.