Indians pitcher Mel Harder earned career win number 200 as Cleveland knocked off the Boston Red Sox, 5-4.
Harder improved to 3-0 on the season with seven innings of work on the mound while becoming the 50th pitcher to reach the 200-win plateau. He had held the Red Sox scoreless until the eighth inning, when the top four batters in the order reached base and scored. Ed Klieman walked one batter in his two innings of relief replacing him.
Cleveland gave Harder a run in the third, three in the fifth, and one more in the seventh. Pat Seerey hit a solo shot, his third of the year, while Oris Hockett drove in two runs of his own. Roy Cullenbine and Ken Keltner rounded out the rest of the scoring with RBI hits.
Red Sox starter Pinky Woods went five innings and was hit with the loss, his second of the season, after allowing four runs on eight hits. Clem Hausmann, first man out of the ‘pen, allowed Seerey’s homer in the seventh.