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Red Sox Win Fifth Straight as Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava Drive in Two Runs Each

Alfredo Aceves (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The Boston Red Sox are in line to sweep the Cleveland Indians on the road after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. The Red Sox have now won five straight and stand 10-4 on the young season.

The game started off great as the Red Sox’ first five hitters got on base against Justin Masterson (3-1). Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single which was followed by Shane Victorino being hit by a pitch.  Dustin Pedroia loaded the bases with a single before Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava both drove in runs with singles. Napoli drove in two and Nava one. Masterson was able to escape any further damage by forcing Will Middlebrooks to ground out to short, getting Jarrod Saltalamacchia to ground out and Napoli out at home and striking out Stephen Drew.

In the second inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases again against Masterson, but failed to get drive anyone home with nobody out in the inning.

After loading the bases again in the fourth inning, the Red Sox failed to score again; this time with one out. Mike Carp led the inning with a double. After an Ellsbury fly out, Victorino and Pedroia both singled to load up the bases. Napoli and Nava struck out and grounded out to first, respectively.

The lead went to 4-0 after a RBI triple for Carp in the fifth inning that scored Drew after a two-out walk.

Masterson finished with five innings,  11 hits, four earned runs, one walk and five strikeouts on 101 pitches.

Nava made it 5-0 with a RBI single off of reliever Corey Kluber that scored Victorino from third.

Alfredo Aceves (1-0) was cruising along through the first five innings with only four hits allowed, two walks and a couple strikeouts. He hit a wall in the sixth inning and gave up a two-run shot to Nick Swisher and a solo shot to Jason Giambi to cut the lead to 5-3. After giving up a double to Mark Reynolds, Junichi Tazawa relieved him and retired the next three batters to retire the side.

Aceves lasted 5-plus innings while allowing only seven hits, three earned runs, walking three and striking out two while throwing 106 pitches as the fifth starter.

The Red Sox later tacked on a run to make it 6-3 when Victorino laid down the sacrifice bunt to move Ellsbury over to third, but an error by Joe Smith allowed Victorino to reach and Ellsbury to score from second.

Andrew Bailey came in for the save and had a 1-2-3 ninth inning. After a flyout from Cord Phelps, Bailey struck out both Lonnie Chisenhall and Drew Stubbs to earn his first save of the season.

The Red Sox and Indians have one more contest on Thursday night where Jon Lester will take the hill facing Zach McAllister.

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