Masterson masterful in win over Boston

Cleveland pitcher strikes out Gomes, Sizemore and Drew on nine pitches in fourth inning
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jun 2, 2014

 

Tribe hurler Justin Masterson was masterful as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in the first game of their three-game series at Progressive Field on Monday night.

Masterson (3-4) pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out a season-high 10.

John Lackey (6-4) went the distance for Boston, which saw its seven-game winning streak ended. In addition to the three earned runs, he allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out three.

The Indians got on the board in the first, plating a pair in the first inning. They added another run in the third.

In the fourth inning, Masterson struck out Jonny Gomes, Grady Sizemore and Stephen Drew in order on just nine pitches. That feat came during a 25-pitch span in which Masterson threw nothing but strikes.

Cleveland held a 3-0 lead heading into the top of the eighth inning.

Bryan Shaw, relieving Masterson, made things interesting by allowing a one-out hit and then a two-run homer to Xander Bogaerts in two-thirds of an inning of work. Marc Rzepczynski retired the only batter he faced to end the inning.

Cody Allen pitched a one-two-three ninth to earn his fourth save.

Hitting stars for Cleveland included Michael Bourn, who went two for three, including a triple, and two runs scored. He also stole a base.

Lonnie Chisenhall knocked in the pair of runs in the first with his two-out single to left field. Asdrubal Cabrera accounted for the team's other RBI, knocking home Bourn in the third inning.

David Murphy went three-for-three.

For Boston, the top four hitters in the line up each had a hit, including Bogaerts, who had two. No other Red Sox players had a hit.

Cleveland is now 28-30, good for third place in the American League Central -- 5 1/2 games behind Detroit, which was blanked 4-0 by Seattle. Cleveland also is an AL-best 19-11 at home.

Boston is now 27-30.

The two teams will battle each other at 7:05 today.

Left-handed pitcher T.J. House (0-1, 4.05 ERA) will take the hill for Cleveland, making his third Major League start. Righty Jake Peavy (1-2, 4.50 ERA) will get the start for Boston.

After losing in his big leagues debut, House rebound in his next start, holding the Chicago White Sox to one run over 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight and walking only one, but still took a no-decision.