Sox win 5th straight 6-3 over Cleveland

The Red Sox jumped on old friend Justin Masterson for 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning en route to a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Masterson's streak of 19.1 consecutive scoreless innings came to an end quickly via base hits by Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava, sandwiched around Shane Victorino being hit by a pitch. The Sox added single runs in the top of the 5th (Mike Carp, pictured,  RBI triple), 6th (Nava RBI single) and 8th (throwing errorI) innings.

Cleveland got on the board in the bottom of the 6th inning on home runs by Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi.

Alfredo Aceves started for the Red Sox and was charged with all 3 Cleveland runs on 7 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings; he struck out a pair.

Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara combined for 6 strikeouts over 3 scoreless innings. Andrew Bailey pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning to pick up the save.

NOTES -The Red Sox pounded out 15 hits including multi-hit games for Ellsbury (3 singles), Victorino (3), Pedroia (2), Napoli (2), Nava (2), and Carp (3). * The Red Sox are 6 games over .500 for the first time since the 2011 season. * John Lackey played long toss prior to the game throwing as far as 130 feet. * The win was the 5th in a row for Boston; they are 6-2 on the road. The loss was the first for Masterson.

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