The Red Sox bats woke up in a big way Friday night to support John Lackey’s strong outing, beating the Indians, 10-3, at Fenway Park.
The Sox set a new season high in runs scored, one better than their previous on May 14 at Minnesota, on 11 hits.
Lackey went 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and walk with five strikeouts. He threw 110 pitches, 72 for strikes, improving to 8-4 with a 3.24 ERA.
The win gave the Sox two in a row and a seven-game win streak at Fenway.
Justin Masterson took the loss. He lasted just two innings (plus two batters in the third), giving up five runs on three this and four walks. His record fell to 4-5, as he needed 59 pitches.
The Indians got on the scoreboard first, on Carlos Santana’s two-out, two-run homer in the second, scoring David Murphy who worked a 10-pitch single.
But the Sox went ahead in the bottom of the inning. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli led off with consecutive walks before Daniel Nava singled to center. But Ortiz was thrown out at the plate. A.J. Pierzynski’s double to center scored Napoli and Nava. With two outs Jackie Bradley’s triple scored Pierzynski, giving the Sox a 3-2 lead.
The Indians tied the game in the third as Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley led off with consecutive doubles.
In the bottom of the inning, the Sox added two as Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia led off with back-to-back walks, ending Masterson’s outing. After Ortiz’s fly out, Napoli’s double to right scored Bogaerts and Pedroia, putting the Sox up 5-2.
The Sox batted around in the eighth for four more runs. With Marc Rzepczynski on the mound, Bradley and Brock Holt led off singles, ending Rzepczynski’s outing with Bryan Shaw entering. Following Bogaerts flied out, Dustin Pedroia’s double to center scored two runs. With first base open, Ortiz was given an intentional walk (extending his league lead to 15). Napoli’s single to left scored Pedroia on an error by left fielder Brantley and ending Shaw’s night, with Josh Outman relieving him. But Nava greeted him with an RBI single, scoring Ortiz, giving the Sox a 9-3 lead.
In the eighth, with two outs Cody Allen replaced Outman and was greeted by Bogaerts’ sixth home run of the season, giving the Sox a 10-3 lead.
Andrew Miller replaced Lackey, pitching a perfect 1 1/3 innings. Burke Badenhop relieved Miller, throwing a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side.