Four Real? Red Sox vs Indians 5-24-13

                            Pete Lepak
                         RedSoxLife Staff Writer
Game 49: Red Sox batscrush old Sox pitchers for win
The Boston bats came alive and John Lackey pitched seven very strong innings to give the Sox a win on a rain soaked Friday night at Fenway. Lackey gave up only two hits and struck out eight while throwing a variety of pitches with some good command. The Red Sox gathered nine hits to go with their eight runs. If you watched the game, you would have seen many familiar faces taking the hill for Cleveland; Justin Masterson started, Rich Hill relieved him, and Matt Albers pitched the seventh. All three pitched for the Red Sox in the last couple of years. Here are the four at bats that changed tonight's game:

1) Bottom of the second inning, and Mike Napoli and David Ortiz are on first and third base. Mike Carp takes a low Justin Masterson slider over the right field wall to plate three runs and give Lackey an early 3-0 lead.

2) Top of the third inning for the Indians and Mark Reynolds and Michael Brantley single to put men on first and second. Terry Francona orders the double steal, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia throws the ball away, allowing an unearned run to cross the plate. 3-1 Red Sox.

3) Bottom of the sixth inning, and the Red Sox get a bit of luck to put a run on the board. Masterson hits Daniel Nava, and Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz single to load the bases with one out. Mike Napoli swings at the first pitch he sees to short. This ball has double play written all over it, but second baseman Jason Kipnis throws the ball wide to Nick Swisher at first. The wide throw causes a run to score and it puts the Sox up 4-1. Pedroia also tries to sneak home, but Swisher's throw nails him easily to escape any further damage.

4) Bottom of the seventh inning, and Boston puts this game out of reach. Saltalamacchia chases Masterson with a leadoff double, Jonny Gomes gets hit by a Rich Hill pitch, and Jose Iglesias singles to load the bases. Jacoby Ellsbury shows off a nice piece of hitting by muscling an outside curveball to the right side of the field and through the infield to score two runs. The next batter, Dustin Pedroia, would single in two more runs to give the Red Sox an 8-1 lead.

Boston batters capitalized on opportunities all night, going 5-10 with runners in scoring position. The win
gave the Sox their 29th win of the year. Tomorrow, Boston brings Jon Lester to face Scott Kazmir at 1:35pm at Fenway.

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