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Tribe sweeps Red Sox for first time in 10 years

By sstorm Published: April 7, 2011

I know what you're thinking. You sure you got that headline right?

Yes, it's correct.

The same young Indians who lost their first two games of the season after giving up a combined 18 runs to the Chicgao White Sox have responded with four consecutive wins - including a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox.

How so? Since those first two guady pitching outings, the Tribe hurlers have limited the White Sox in one game and the Red Sox in the last three contests to a mere six runs.

After being shelled for 10 runs in an Opening Day disaster last week, Tribe ace Fausto Carmona rebounded Thursday with seven shutout innings to blank reeling Boston and send them to their sixth consecutive loss.

Appearantly, Carmona's rough start was an aberration.

"I don't think this guy is going to take a step back," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He's got a lot better command of the strike zone than he had a couple years ago. As long as his arm is sound, he's going to be able to pitch well for us."

But over the Tribe's winning streak, it's been more than just the starting pitching. The Indians bullpen has been just as instrumental with left-handed reliever Rafael Perez picking up two wins and closer Chris Perez two saves.

The young Indians hitters have also come out of the gates swinging, scoring 31 runs over the first six games for an average of a little over five runs per game.

Not to be left out, Acta pointed out the team's defense, which has made just two errors despite playing in conditions sometimes freezing, others rainy and even in Thursday's heavy fog at Progressive Field.

"We've played very good defense," Acta said. "We made some good plays out there, especially both Cabreras up the middle as well as hads-up baseball all over."

It may only be six games, but in these lean times, it's the little things that matter to Tribe fans. So they'll take it.

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