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For the fourth straight game, the Red Sox attempted to mount an improbable rally on Monday night against the Cleveland Indians. But, for the first time since Friday night’s loss to the Tigers, the Red Sox did not complete the comeback.
Adrian Beltre really tried to deliver a win for the good guys, as he went 2-3 with two home runs, including a solo shot in the seventh and a three-run shot in the eighth inning to make it a one-run game. He provided the other run for the Red Sox with a sacrifice fly in the second inning.
Fausto Carmona, who struggled in his last outing against Boston in a loss on June 7, seemingly held everyone else in check, as he allowed just two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk in seven innings pitched. He K’d five to earn his 11th win of the season.
Carmona’s battery-mate Carlos Santana, one of the top catching prospects in the majors, had a scary moment in the seventh inning. Ryan Kalish was attempting to score when he slid into home. Santana was blocking the plate, but his leg got awkwardly caught up in Kalish’s slide. The result: a possible serious leg injury. Santana was carted off the field and replaced by Chris Gimenez.
Speaking of rookies, Kalish was impressive in just his third game in the major leagues. He finished 3-3 with a walk and an outfield assist, raising his career batting average to .500. Ted Williams, eat your heart out.
Not so impressive was Red Sox starter John Lackey, who allowed six runs on nine hits and five walks in just 5.1 innings. The light-hitting Indians battered Lackey, who tossed 107 pitches into the sixth inning. He was saddled with the loss and is now 10-6.
Beltre showed off a lot of muscle on Monday night, going 2-3 with two home runs, a sac fly, and all five RBI.
It’s hard to blame any of the hitters, who did what they could to put five runs together against an effective Carmona. Lackey, on the other hand, made the anemic Indians look like the mighty Yankees. Six runs allowed in less than six innings? Not good.
W: Fausto Carmona (11-8)
L: John Lackey (10-6)
SV: Chris Perez (13)