CLEVELAND: Just when it looked like Chris Perez might blow his second save opportunity of the season Monday night, he induced Carl Crawford, one of the fastest players in the league, to bounce into a double play to end the game.
That's the way it's been recently for Perez, who notched his 13th save of the season against the Red Sox Monday. In his past six appearances, he has given up three hits and six walks in six innings but only one run, and that came during a game in which the Tribe was handlily ahead, not a prospective save. The last time he retired the side in order was May 7.
""Chris is getting the job done,'' manager Manny Acta said today. ""But he's having trouble throwing strikes to left-handed batters.''
Boston has plenty of those. Before Crawford grounded into the double play, Perez gave up singles to J.D. Drew and Jed Lowrie, both of whom bat from the left side. Then again, so does Crawford.
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