Sox take down Tribe 7-5 with the help of Buchholz and bullpen

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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was 3 for 4 with three RBIs, legs out an infield single in the first inning.

The Red Sox notched a win yesterday against the AL Central leader. The Sox won 7-5. Buchholz was fine all the way up to the 7th, after he allowed a RBI single to Carlos Santana, who scored Asdrubal Cabrera. The Indians got an early lead, but the Red Sox came right back at their first at-bat by scoring two runs to make it a 2-1 Boston lead by the 2nd inning. Will Middlebrooks, excellent as always, came through with a two RBI double which scored Pedroia and Ortiz to put the Sox on top. Later in the bottom of the 3rd, Pedroia added on two insurance runs by scoring Punto and Sweeney to make it 4-1. Cody Ross doubled which scored Nava in the bottom of the 5th. Saltalamacchia grounded out, but advanced Ross to 3rd. Then Punto reached on a fielder’s choice. Sweeney therefore scored Ross on a single to right field Shin-soo Choo and moved up Punto to 3rd. That would be the end of Jiménez. Pedroia hit a sacrifice fly off of Dan Wheeler to drive in Punto which gave the Red Sox a comfortable 7-1 lead.

Unfortunately, the lead was almost blown in the top of the 7th when Clay Buchholz hit a wall. Buchholz managed to get Hannahan out; however the next two batters, former Red Sox star Johnny Damon and Jason Kipnis, hit back-to-back singles. Then Buchholz walked Cabrera to load the bases up. Rich Hill never recorded an out and walked Hafner to make the score now 7-2. Then Middlebrooks unfortunately had a fielding error that let Kipnis score to make it now 7-3. Next, Andrew Miller replaced Rich Hill. He got the next two outs, but did however give up a single to Michael Brantley that scored Cabrera for another Tribe run to make the score 7-4 by the end of the 7th inning.

Morales replaced Miller in the top of the 8th. Morales got one out, but surrendered a single and a walk to Jack Hannahan and Jason Kipnis. Padilla came in to relieve Morales and he got the last two outs of the inning.

Then in the top of the 9th, Aceves came in to replace Padilla and end the game. He walked Santana, who advanced to 2nd of fielder indifference. Choo lined out to Dustin Pedroia. Then Aceves gave up two back-to-back singles by Brantley, who scored Santana, and Kotchman, who advanced Brantley to 3rd base. Aceves gots the last two outs with Hannahan striking out and Damon flying out to Ryan Sweeney.

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves, right, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate after getting Cleveland Indians’ Johnny Damon to fly out with two runners on to end a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, May 11, 2012. Aceves earned a save in the Red Sox’s 7-5 win.

Last night’s game placed Buchholz with his fourth win, making him now 4-1 and Aceves received his sixth save of the season. The Red Sox continue against the Tribe tonight at 7.10pm from Fenway Park on NESN. The matchup will be Red Sox’s Felix Doubront (2-1, 5.01 ERA) against Zach McAllister (1-0, 3.00 ERA).

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