BOSTON – For the first time in his career, Junichi Tazawa issued a bases-loaded walk. And it cost the Red Sox the game as they fell to the Indians 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
With the scored tied, the bases, loaded and two outs in the seventh, Tazawa relieved Craig Breslow, who had started the inning. But Tazawa walked Carlos Santana to force in Michael Brantley with the go-ahead run.
With the Sox holding a one-run lead, Breslow opened the seventh with consecutive singles to Asdrubal Cabrera and Brantley, putting runners at the corners for Jason Kipnis, who hit a grounder to second base. Dustin Pedroia elected to throw home, but A.J. Pierzynski dropped the ball, allowing Cabrera to score the tying run. After getting Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher to fly out, Breslow walked David Murphy to load the bases, ending the left-hander’s outing with Tazawa entering.
Breslow took the loss, falling to 2-2. His ERA actually fell from 4.71 to 4.57 as both runs were unearned.
Jake Peavy started and was in line for the win, before the Sox bullpen faltered. Peavy went six innings, giving up one run on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. His ERA fell from 4.76 to 4.53.
The Sox took the lead in the first when Xander Bogaerts singled with one out and scored on David Ortiz double.
The Indians tied the game in the third as Michael Bourn singled and scored on Cabrera’s double.
The Sox took went in the sixth when Pedroia led off with a double and took third on Ortiz’s infield groundout, ending starter T.J. House's outing, with John Axford entering. A walk to Mike Napoli put runners on the corners. Jonny Gomes’ grounder to short appeared headed to be a double play but Gomes beat the throw to first with Pedroia scoring.
But that was all the Sox would get. They stranded Holt at second, after a two-out double in the seventh. In the eight, Pedroia led off with a walk but was erased when Ortiz grounded into a double play (the Sox third of the game).
Axford earned the win for the Indians, and Cody Allen earned his sixth save with a perfect ninth.
The loss ends the Sox' win streak Fenway win streak at seven games.