Buchholz, Red Sox Frustrate Indians; Red Sox 3, Indians 2
By Christian Petrila
Clay Buchholz baffled Indians hitters not named “Asdrubal” all night, and he turned in a complete game gem as Boston won the second game of the four-game series, 3-2.
For the sixth consecutive game, the Indians got on the scoreboard in the first inning. After Boston starter Clay Buchholz made quick work of Ezequiel Carrera, Asdrubal Cabrera hammered a pitch into the seats in right-center to give Cleveland a quick 1-0 lead. The rest of the inning was uneventful, as Shin Soo Choo grounded out and Carlos Santana popped out.
Boston knotted up the score in the fourth inning. After Jacoby Ellsbury was robbed of a hit by a diving catch made by Carrera in left, Mike Aviles walked. He advanced to third when Chris Seddon’s pickoff throw went wide of Casey Kotchman’s glove. Dustin Pedroia then knocked an RBI single into left field. With Adrian Gonzalez batting, Pedroia stole second. Gonzalez ended up flying out to center and Cody Ross was walked. With two on and two out, Will Middlebrooks liked out to Cabrera at short to end the threat.
The tie was broken in the sixth. Seddon got Aviles to fly out to right. Pedroia lined a single right back up the middle that almost decapitated Seddon. After Gonzalez flew out to left field, Ross hit a Seddon slider over the wall in center field that hit one of the SportsTime Ohio cameras. Seddon retired Middlebrooks on a fly ball to right to retire the side, but the Red Sox held a 3-1 lead.
Seddon’s night was finished after that. When all was said and done, he went six innings while allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. He also struck out three and walked two. It was the fourth consecutive quality start from an Indians starter.
The Indians took advantage of a Red Sox mistake in the bottom of the sixth to pull within one. Jason Donald led off with a ground ball to second that Pedroia misplayed. Too add to the damage, Aviles tried to throw behind Donald, who took a big turn around first base. The throw ended up bouncing into the seats, and Donald was awarded second and third. Carrera wasted no time getting him home, as he lifted a deep sacrifice fly into right field. Cabrera flew out and Choo struck out to end the inning, but the Indians were within one.
That did it for the scoring as Cody Allen and Esmil Rogers kept the Red Sox off the board the rest of the way. Buchholz shut down the Indians as well.
Buchholz went all nine, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits, both to Cabrera. He also struck out six while putting up a goose egg in the walk column.
“The night belonged to Buchholz,” Manny Acta said. “He was terrific.”
The loss drops the Indians to 52-61, while Boston improves to 56-58. Buchholz improves to 10-3, while Seddon drops his first decision of the year.
The third game in the series is set for Saturday 6:05. Zach McAllister will square off against Franklin Morales. The Indians will induct Gaylord Perry into the team’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony before the game.
Photo: AP Photo/Tony Dejak