Fueled by a pair of Asdrubal Cabrera homers, the Indians downed the Red Sox, 9-6, in the series opener at Fenway. Cabrera went 3 for 5 with four RBIs and three runs, leading an Indians offense that put up 13 hits (six for extra bases.)
It was just the second multi-homer game of Cabrera’s career, both coming this season. He stroked a two-run shot to right field off John Lackey in the sixth inning. His second homer of the night needed a long review after ricocheting off a fan’s leg in the first row near the Pesky Pole and bouncing back onto the field.
Carl Crawford and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both homered for the Sox, but pitching was their biggest issue.
After staring the game by retiring the first eight batters he faced, Lackey ran into turbulence, giving up eight hits and five earned runs, leaving the game after 6 2/3 innings. Daniel Bard (1-5) came on in the eighth, but Cabrera blew up his streak of 26 1/3 scoreless innings with his second homer of the night.
Top of the ninth, Indians 9, Red Sox 5: The Indians tack on another as Jason Kipins strokes one to right for just his second long ball of the season.
Bottom of the eighth, Indians 8, Red Sox 8: Vinnie Pestano tears through the thick of the Sox’s lineup, getting Kevin Youkilis swinging, getting a ground ball into the shift on David Ortiz and fanning Carl Crawford.
Top of the eighth, Indians 8, Red Sox 5: After a long review, a two-run homer by Asdrubal Cabrera put the Indians up and at the same time snapped Daniel Bard’s run of 26.1 scoreless innings. The deep ball had to be looked at carefully, though, after it bounced off the back of the curving fence in right field and onto the field again. Still, it wound up being Cabrera’s second homer of the game. He has three hits, four RBIs, and a three runs scored.
Bard got Travis Hafner to bounce out to second, but walked Carlos Santana, which was all Terry Francona needed to see.
Bottom of the seventh, Red Sox 5, Indians 5: A 3-6-3 double play made quick work of the Sox in the seventh.
Top of the seventh, Red Sox 5, Indians 5: After giving up a single that nearly took him with it to center field, John Lackey got the hook. He went 6.2 innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts before handing it over to Franklin Morales, who struck out Michael Brantley to get out of the inning.
Bottom of the sixth, Indians 5, Red Sox 5: The Sox get those runs back quickly with Carl Crawford and Jarrod Saltalamacchia doing some flexing. First, Crawford dotted one off the Wall in left for a one-out for a double. Then, Saltalamacchia ripped on down the right field line, breaking his bat on a two-run homer. Lackey will stay in to start the seventh.
Top of the sixth, Indians 5, Red Sox 3: John Lackey had been shoving that cutter in on the Indians lineup in the early going, but a couple of those cutters landed in the seat in right field. Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis Hafner hit back-to-back homers to put the Indians up. Lackey finished the inning, but Terry Francona called for Franklin Morales to start throwing in the bullpen.
Bottom of the fifth, Red Sox 3, Indians 2: A couple of loud outs from Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis, but the Sox go down in order again. Tomlin’s retired seven straight.
Top of the fifth, Red Sox 3, Indians 2: The Sox closed a three-up-three-down inning with an unorthodox 1-3 play between Adrian Gonzalez, who charged in on a Ezequiel Carrera grounder, and Lackey who reached backed and essentially planked to tag first and end the inning.
Bottom of the fourth, Red Sox 3, Indians 2: The Sox go down in order, but most notably, Mike Aviles hit for Marco Scutaro, who may have injured himself on the double play ball in the top of the inning. Aviles will stay in at short.
Update: Marco Scutaro left the game due to dizziness.
Top of the fourth, Red Sox 3, Indians 2: The Indians cobbled a run together, getting set up with a leadoff single from Asdrubal Cabrera and a one out single by Carlos Santana then cashing in when Cabrera scored on Kosuke Fukudome’s double-play ball. They ran themselves out of the inning though, when Saltalamacchia gunned down Fukudome for the third out.
Bottom of the third, Red Sox 3, Indians 1: The Sox used a pair of extra-base hits to extend their lead. Adrian Gonzalez got things started with a single to left, then Kevin Youkilis shot one deep off the wall in center. He was in at third easily but a wild throw made Youkilis decide to stretch for a home. He booked it, nearly chasing down Adrian Gonzalez on the way, but was cut down, taking a tag to the face for his efforts. tried to With two outs, Carl Crawford smacked a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right (his seventh of the season).
Top of the third, Red Sox 1, Indians 1: After retiring the first eight batters to come to the plate, John Lackey hit a bump in the third, giving up a single to Ezequiel Carrera who raced to second when Josh Reddick airmailed a throw in. Michael Brantley came up next and immediately plated Carrera to tie it up.
Bottom of the second, Red Sox 1, Indians 0: Jarrod Saltalamacchia got things started scoring-wise by roping one down the right side for a ground-rule double, extending his hitting streak to a career-high nine games. He moved to third on a Josh Reddick single and came around when Marco Scutaro shot a 1-and-2 pitch through the infield, putting the Sox up early. The inning sort of fell apart, though, when Reddick got caught up between third and home on an Ellsbury comebacker that Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin took like a kick to the stomach. The putout, if you’re scoring at home, was 1-5-2-5-1.
Top of the second, Indians 0, Red Sox 0: Lackey’s pretty sharp through two. He’s sat down the first six he’s faced, throwing just 22 pitches (18 for strikes) while fanning three. A ball hasn’t left the infield yet.
Bottom of the first, Indians 0, Red Sox 0: The Sox scratched out a pair of hits — a sharply hit single by Dustin Pedroia and an infield single by Kevin Youkilis — but went down quietly after Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz all skied out.
Top of the first, Indians 0, Red Sox 0: John Lackey gets off to a fast start getting Michal Brantley to wave at a curve ball in the dirt, then grooving a cutter past Jason Kipnis for another strikeout and finally getting Asdrubal Cabrera to bounce out to Dustin Pedroia at second to end the inning.