Rapid Reaction: Indians 9, Sox 6

August, 1, 2011

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to Monday’s game against the Cleveland Indians that he knew it would only be a matter of time before reliever Daniel Bard would allow a run, ending the right-hander’s scoreless streak of 26 1/3 innings.

It happened Monday night.

Bard entered in the top of the eighth inning with the score tied at 5-5, and quickly allowed a leadoff single to the Indians’ Jason Kipnis. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a two-run homer to end the streak, giving Cleveland the lead en route to a 9-6 victory at Fenway Park.

The home run, Cabrera’s second of the night, ricocheted off a fan’s leg who was sitting in the first row of seats beyond the right-field wall, the ball bouncing back onto the field. The play was reviewed before it was ruled a two-run homer.

Bard allowed three runs on two hits and one walk in 1/3 of an inning.

It had been the longest active scoreless streak in the majors.

EXTENDED: Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the bottom of the third against Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin. It matches a season-high for Gonzalez, who is hitting .511 (24-for-47) with three doubles, one home run, 12 RBIs, 10 runs and four walks during the streak.

STREAKING TOO: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia also extended his hitting streak, matching his career-high at nine games. He doubled in the second inning and showed off his strength with a broken-bat two-run homer in the sixth that tied the game at 5. He’s hitting .389 (14-for-36) with four homers and 12 RBIs over the stretch.

“I feel good. I feel comfortable at the plate,” Saltalamacchia said. “For me, just putting quality plate appearances together and feeling good at the plate is good, but it’s not as good if you don’t get the win.”

DOWN ON THE FARM: Infielder Jed Lowrie began a minor league rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket Monday night at McCoy Stadium. He went 0-for-2 and played shortstop for three innings. Lowrie’s been on the DL since June 17 with a shoulder strain and is scheduled to play for the PawSox Tuesday afternoon, and again Thursday and Friday nights.

ILL FEELING: Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro was removed from the game in the fourth inning due to a bout of dizziness and was replaced by newly acquired Mike Aviles. Scutaro was 1-for-1 with an RBI single. Aviles, who made his Red Sox debut on Saturday in Chicago, went 1-for-3.

"He was real lightheaded and had a little bit of an elevated heart rate," Francona said of Scutaro. "He was checked out here and checked out fine and we're going to get him a little more checked out tomorrow because that's not something to play with. He wasn't feeling real good during BP and then he started to feel better. He wanted to stay in, and he probably could have, but it's not something to play around with. It's not like it's a twisted ankle."

UP NEXT: Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett (9-4, 2.17 ERA) will make his 21st start of the season on Tuesday when he faces Cleveland lefty David Huff (1-1, 0.71). Beckett is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in two starts against the Indians in 2011. He’s 4-5 with a 5.04 ERA in nine career starts against Cleveland.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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