The Red Sox came to Cleveland hoping to extend their seven-game winning streak and maybe even climb above .500.
The Indians made their task impossible.
In the wee hours this morning, the Red Sox lost a tough-to-swallow 7-4 game in the 12th inning, when Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run home run off Edward Mujica.
The Red Sox had rallied for two runs in the seventh to forge the tie, with the bullpen holding the fort until Cabrera got to Mujica.
“It was a change-up, high in the zone,’’ said Mujica. “I just tried to get the ball down and that pitch was a little mistake.”
And now, after losing 10, and then arriving here with a full head of steam atop a seven-game winning streak, the Red Sox now find themselves back on the skids, this one a streak of three losses in a row.
“For what we’ve known for the last year and a half, it’s been uncharacteristic’’ to be on such extreme streaks, said manager John Farrell. “That’s got some frustration to it. You don’t want to think it’s going to put more pressure on a streak in the other way and a favorable way -- we’ve got to continue to find ways to execute when the game is calling for it, offensively, or in tonight’s case, defensively a couple of times.”
Indians starter Corey Kluber looked every bit as good as advertised through his first five innings, when he held the Red Sox to just two hits and no runs to preserve a slim 1-0 Indians lead.
In the sixth, the Red Sox cracked the code.
David Ortiz made it easy for Xander Bogaerts (hit by pitch) to jog home when he hit a missile into the right-center field stands on an 0-2 count, a two-run home run that put the Red Sox on top, 2-1.
For Red Sox starter Brandon Workman, the main task was to stop the first-inning jitters that have plagued Red Sox starters here in this series.
He did an OK job of it, allowing one run against five batters to put the Red Sox in a quick 1-0 hole, but his effort was a lot better than what the Red Sox have gotten out of their two far more experienced veterans in their Progressive Field starts, when John Lackey gave up two and Jake Peavy three first-inning runs.
“I was trying to get off to a quick start, they kind of got off good the first two so I was trying to hold them down in the beginning,’’ said Workman, who wound up going five-plus innings, allowing three runs.
Workman walked the first batter he faced and then gave up a single to put runners on the corner and bring John Farrell out of the dugout for a call to the bullpen.
Right after Workman’s walk that inning, catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected for arguing the strike zone of home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott.
“Stuff happens out there,’’ said Pierzynski about his beef with Wolcott.
"I've been kicked out a couple times in my career. I remember getting kicked out last year in a no-hitter. Stuff happens.”
Stuff’s happening to the Red Sox a lot right now. Most of it is not very good.
By Michael Silverman - Boston Herald (MCT)
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