Four Real? Red Sox vs Indians 5-25-13

                            Pete Lepak
                         RedSoxLife Staff Writer
Game 50:Red Sox stage late comeback, win 7-4
With Jon Lester struggling early in the game, Boston did a good enough job offensively to stay close while they tried to figure out starter Scott Kazmir. Lester settled down and began to find a rhythm, and Boston used the momentum to rally late and take the lead for the first time in the eighth inning. In the end, Boston wins the game to improve to 30-20, their best start after 50 games since 2008. Here are the four at bats that changed the game:

1) Top of the third inning and the score is tied at 1. Drew Stubbs walks and gets to second on a fielder's choice. Asdrubal Cabrera sits on a Lester sinker and takes it high off of the Green Monster to score Stubbs. Nick Swisher singles to outfielder Jonny Gomes, but Gomes takes it off the hop and fires a perfect strike to catcher David Ross to nail Cabrera at home. Later, Carlos Santana singles in another run to put the Indians up 3-1, but Gomes's outfield assist cuts down some of the damage.

2) Bottom of the fourth inning, and Boston gets a run back. Jose Iglesias, only a game removed from Pawtucket, swings at a Kazmir fastball and puts in on the ground between first and second base to Ryan Raburn in right field. Raburn can't field it cleanly, and the bobble allows Daniel Nava to score all the way from first. 3-2 Cleveland

3) Bottom of the sixth inning, and Bryan Shaw is on the mound for Cleveland. Shaw is in trouble early as he allows a single to the hot hitting Jose Iglesias. Pedro Ciriaco tries to bunt the ball to third, and Mark Reynolds breaks late and is unable to set his feet. His throw to Swisher is wide of the bag, and it allows both men to advance a base. Jonny Gomes takes the first pitch, but then slams a high fastball into centerfield. Drew Stubbs makes the catch, but it is too deep for him to get Iglesias, and the Red Sox tie the game up. 3-3.
4) Bottom of the eighth inning, and Boston finds themselves down 4-3 after a passed ball scores a run for Cleveland. Pedro Ciriaco doubles, and with two outs, pinch hitter Mike Carp delivers in a huge fashion, hitting a double to left field. Dustin Pedroia performs an encore, doubling in Carp. Pitcher Vinnie Pestano walks David Ortiz and Mike Napoili to load the bases, and then Daniel Nava puts "the nail in the coffin" with a RBI single to score Pedroia and Ortiz. 7-4 Red Sox and this game is over!

What a great game for Red Sox bats, as Cleveland's bullpen had not recorded a loss all season. Boston entered today's game with a 2-17 record when trailing after seven innings, but they got the job done when they needed it. Tomorrow, Felix Doubront faces Corey Kluber at 1:35pm at Fenway for game 4 of the series.

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