BOSTON: The Indians failed miserably when it came to the clutch hit, but still pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox Saturday afternoon before a sellout crowd of 37,181 at Fenway Park.
The Indians snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 4-5 on the 10-game road trip that ends Sunday.
They succeeded in spite of themselves, going 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position after going 1 for 5 in the same situations in Friday’s loss. They left 13 men on base Saturday.
Left-hander T.J. House, trying to retain his spot in the rotation with Zach McAllister about to come off the 15-day disabled list, gave up two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking one. He threw 95 pitches, 59 for strikes.
The Indians scored two runs in the top of the seventh. Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game 2-2 on a fielder’s choice by Jason Kipnis when catcher A.J. Pierzynski dropped the ball for an error when trying to tag Cabrera. Cabrera had led off with a single. Carlos Santana walked with the bases loaded, scoring Michael Brantley, who had singled.
Cabrera doubled home the Indians' first run in the third inning after a Michael Bourn single.
Right-hander John Axford (2-3) picked up the victory and right-hander Cody Allen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.