BOSTON: Nick Swisher hit a solo home run to right field in the top of the 11th inning to give the Indians a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox Sunday.
Leading off, Swisher sent a 2-1 pitch from Junichi Tazawa (1-1) into the right field seats for his fourth homer of the season. It was the first since May 16 for Swisher, who came off the 15-day disabled list Thursday after being sidelined with a hyperextended left knee.
"To come up with a huge hit like this to help us win a ballgame ... I was so stoked, I wanted to smile all the way around the bases," Swisher said.
Right-hander Cody Allen (3-1) pitched the 10th and 11th innings for the victory. Allen struck out three of the six batters he faced and didn't allow a hit.
The Indians closed out a 10-game road trip with a 5-5 record and won their second consecutive game to split the four-game series with the Red Sox. A Father’s Day sellout crowd of 37,356 in Fenway Park included actor Richard Gere.
The Indians escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth when John Axford walked the bases loaded with two out. Scott Atchison came on and got Brock Holt to ground out to second. Jason Kipnis charged Holt’s ball and threw a bullet to first base.
The Indians put two on the top of the 10th on walks by left-hander Craig Breslow. But manager Terry Francona sent Mike Aviles in to pinch-hit for Lonnie Chisenhall, who was 0 for his last 10 at-bats. Mike Napoli made a nice play to field Aviles’ roller and force Jason Kipnis at second to end the threat.
Michael Brantley hit a solo homer to right field in the first inning, but the Red Sox countered in the bottom of the inning when right-hander Corey Kluber gave up three hits and walked a batter. David Ortiz’s single to left brought home Brock Holt, but Brantley threw out Ortiz at second for his eighth assist of the season.
The Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Jackie Bradley Jr. walked, went to third on Holt’s single to right and scored on Dustin Pedroia’s fielder’s choice.
The Indians came back to tie it 2-2 in the seventh when David Murphy drew a leadoff walk, went to third on Carlos Santana’s single to right and scored on Yan Gomes’ sacrifice fly to left field.
Kluber pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up two earned runs on five hits. He walked four (tying a season-high), struck out four and threw one wild pitch. The only other time Kluber walked four this season came April 29 in Los Angeles against the Angels and one of those was intentional.
Right-hander Brandon Workman went six innings for the Red Sox, giving up two earned runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out seven.
The Indians will carry home an 0 for 20 streak with runners in scoring position, including 0 for 5 Sunday, when they stranded 10 runners. The RISP string dates back to Friday night.