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The Red Sox aren’t accustomed to winning games at Fenway Park this season. In fact, Boston won consecutive games at their home park for the first time all year on Friday night. The 4-1 win over Cleveland was highlighted by a terrific outing by southpaw Felix Doubront, who held the Indians lineup to just three hits over his six innings of work. The offense contributed enough support for him, and the bullpen was sharp to close out the win.
Doubront was opposed by Zach McAllister, filling in for original starter Josh Tomlin who was sent to the disabled list with a sore wrist before the game. McAllister was surprisingly solid, keeping Cleveland in the game despite the potent Boston lineup.
A big part of that stellar offense as of late has been Dustin Pedroia, who extending his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to center in the first inning. He drove in the first Boston run in the third with an RBI double high off the Green Monster to left. After leaving Friday night’s game with a heel injury, David Ortiz followed Pedroia’s lead with an RBI double of his own, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead.
From there Doubront and the bullpen gave the team everything they could ask on the mound. He allowed just one run in his six innings of work, walking two and striking out five. From there Boston got a perfect inning of work from three different relievers to close out the game. Andrew Miller and Vicente Padilla each earned holds for pitching the seventh and eight respectfully. In five innings of work this season, Miller has not allowed a run and has held opposing hitters to a .125 average.
Closer Alfredo Aceves earned his seventh save of the year after a shaky start, striking out Indians catcher Carlos Santana to end the game. Boston improves to 14-19 on the year, earning their first winning streak since April 28th.
Sunday in the series finale, former Red Sox reliever Justin Masterson will start against his old team. He was traded to Cleveland in the deal that brought former Sox catcher Victor Martinez to town. He will be opposed by Daniel Bard, who takes aim for his third win of the season.
Tags: Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller, Boston Red Sox, Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians, Daniel Bard, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Felix Doubront, Josh Tomlin, Justin Masterson, Vicente Padilla, Victor Martinez, Zach McAllister