Tribe Offense Heads South Against Southpaw; Red Sox 4, Indians 1

By Mike Brandyberry

Bad luck began before the game for the Tribe and the offense went silent as the Red Sox downed the Indians Saturday evening, 4-1. The Tribe was held to a paltry three hits on the evening.

The game saw two young starters trying to stabilize their rotations. The Indians Zach McAllister was recalled before the game to replace Josh Tomlin who was scratched from his start and added to the 15-day disabled list. For the Red Sox Felix Doubront, the left hander is trying to pick up where veterans Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz have struggled.

The Red Sox had base hits and runners on early in the game against McAllister and broke through in the third inning when Mike Aviles led off the inning with a single to center field. Then, with one out, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz hit back-to-back doubles to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.

The Sox would add another in the fourth inning when Daniel Nava hit a single, followed by a Jarrod Saltalamacchia ground rule double. Aviles would hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Nava. Indians left fielder Shelley Duncan nearly threw Nava out at the plate.

However, the Indians would strike back in the top of the sixth inning. Lou Marson lead the inning off with a bloop double to right field. It was only Marson’s second hit of the season to date. After Michael Brantley grounded out moving Marson to third, Jason Kipnis drove him in with an infield hit, beating Doubront to the first base bag. The Sox would answer right back in the bottom of the sixth with a deep home run to left field by Cody Ross, making the score 4-1 Red Sox.

Doubront would leave after six strong innings, allowing only three hits, one run, walking two and striking out one. The southpaw may have benefitted from a large strike zone, but he had the Indians baffled most of the evening. The Tribe’s lefty-heavy lineup now falls to 4-8 in games started by a left-handed pitcher.

Meanwhile, McAllister gave the Tribe all they could realistically ask for from a spot starter. The 24-year old right hander threw seven innings, allowing eight hits, four runs and striking out eight and not walking a batter on 112 pitches. He should remain in the rotation while Tomlin is on the disabled list. Tomlin will not be able to come off the disabled list until May 23. Jairo Asencio pitched a clean eighth inning for the Indians.

Lefty Andrew Miller and right-hander Vicente Padilla worked scoreless innings out of the Red Sox bullpen before Alfredo Aceves locked down the ninth inning to earn his seventh save of the season.

The Indians will look to rebound and salvage a split in the series finale on Sunday when Justin Masterson (1-2, 5.20) matches up with the Red Sox Daniel Bard (2-4, 4.83). Game time set for 1:35 ET.

Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

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