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Red Sox Beat Indians, 10-3, Extend Fenway Win Streak to 7 Games

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With their 10-3 win over the Indians at Fenway Park Friday night, the Red Sox extended their home win streak to seven games, their longest of the season and longest since winning nine in a row from July 5 – 24, 2011.

The Sox have opened their seven-game homestand with two wins, giving them wins in three of their last four and four of their last six since a five-game losing streak from June 2-7.

The Sox scored a season-high 10 runs, one better than their previous high on May 14 at Minnesota. It is the most runs they’ve scored in a game since 12 runs on Sept. 27, 2013, at Baltimore.

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The Sox were 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position, and are 12-for-34 (.353) in their last four games. Overall this season they are batting .239 with runners in scoring position (132-for-553) and have left an average of 7.60 runners on base pregame.

• John Lackey earned the win, improving to 8-4 with a 3.24 ERA. After Michael Brantley’s RBI double with no outs in the third he did not allow another hit until Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-out double in the seventh. In that stretch he allowed just two baserunners. Brantley reached on Xander Bogaerts’ error with two outs in the fifth and Yan Gomes walked with two outs in the sixth.

This was Lackey’s fifth straight quality start and his team-leading 11th quality start in 14 outings this season. The home run he allowed to Carlos Santana with two outs in the second was the first home run he allowed since the fourth inning on May 17 at Detroit, a string of 32 2/3 innings.

He has not allowed more than three runs in each of his last five starts, posting an ERA of 2.00 in that span, allowing eight earned runs in 36 innings.

• Jackie Bradley’s second-inning triple along with Jonathan Herrera’s on Thursday gave the Sox triples in back-to-back games for the first time since June 25-26, 2013, when Stephen Drew tripled in consecutive games.

• Daniel Nava went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. It was his second straight multi-hit game, the first time this season he has done so and first since the last three regular season games last year. In eight game since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket he is 11-for-26, batting .423, giving him an overall .204 average, the first time in 30 games he has been over .300 this season.

In 15 career games against the Indians he is 21-for-47, batting .447, the best mark among active players against Cleveland (minimum 30 at-bats) with six doubles, 12 RBI, and 10 runs scored.

• Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, a walk, and runs scored. In six games since returning from the disabled list on June 8 he is batting .381, going 8-for-21. He has reached base in all 26 games with a plate appearance at Fenway this season, going 31-for-95, batting.326. It is the longest active home on-base streak in the majors.

• Xander Bogaerts’ eighth-inning solo home run was his sixth of the season and snapped an 0-for-19 skid. His last three home runs have all been against Cleveland.

• Manager John Farrell said after the game that shortstop Stephen Drew, who has been sidelined with an ailing left oblique, was able to do some core work and agility work. But because of the pregame rain Drew’s planned work was cut short. Drew is expected to be evaluated on Saturday.

• The rain washed out Pawtucket’s game against Charlotte at McCoy Stadium, and with it the rehab outings of right-hander Clay Buchholz and third baseman Will Middlebrooks. The PawSox will host a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 5:05. Buchholz, Middlebrooks, and right fielder Shane Victorino are expected to play in the first game.

• Dustin Pedroia and his wife Kelli welcomed their third child, son Brooks, on Friday. He joins big brothers Dylan and Cole.