For the second straight game, the Red Sox got a good performance by a starting pitcher who left with nothing to show for it. Instead the Sox came away with their second straight loss.
On Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park, the Sox fell to the Indians, 3-2, as Nick Swisher led off the 11th with a home run off Junichi Tazawa, the Sox’ sixth pitcher of the game, past the Pesky Pole in right field for the go-ahead run.
The Sox had an opportunity to put the game away in the ninth when John Axford loaded the bases with walks of Pierzynski, Sizmeore, and Bradley. The last ending Axford’s outing in favor of Scott Atchison, who got a ground ball from Holt to send the game into extra innings.
The Sox had other opportunities to score, too, but were ineffective. They went went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving eight runners on base.
The Sox had just six hits in the game, two by Stephen Drew, making his return to the starting lineup for the first time since June 8. The last Sox hit in the game was Drew’s one-out single in the seventh.
Neither starter was involved in the decision. Right-hander Brandon Workman (1-0) took a no-decision, despite a strong outing. He went six innings (plus two batters in the seventh), giving up two runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts, a home run, and a wild pitch.
Indians starter Corey Kluber went 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks, with four strikeouts and a wild pitch.
Tazawa took the loss, falling to 1-1.
The Indians opened the scoring with a Michael Brantley solo home run in the first inning.
The Sox tied the score in the bottom of the inning as Brock Holt led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch, went to third on Dustin Pedroia’s groundout, and scored on David Ortiz’s double.
The Sox went ahead in the fifth as Jackie Bradley, Jr., walked, went to third on Holt’s single to right and scored on Pedroia’s groundout.
The Indians tied the game in the seventh when David Murphy led off with a walk followed by Carlos Santana’s single, with Murphy going to third and ending Workman’s outing. Burke Badenhop entered but allowed a first-pitch sacrifice fly to No. 9 hitter Yan Gomes, scoring Murphy with the tying run.
Cody Allen got the win for the Indians pitching two perfect innings.