Red Sox, Lackey stumble against Indians

Posted Aug. 01, 2011, at 11:07 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 01, 2011, at 11:57 p.m.

BOSTON — Upon further review, Daniel Bard’s scoreless inning streak is over.

The Boston reliever’s run of more than two months without allowing a run ended on Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run homer in the eighth inning of the Indians’ 9-6 win over the Red Sox on Monday night.

The ball to the right-field corner was initially ruled a single, but the umpires reviewed it and after a few minutes waved around Cabrera and Jason Kipnis, who led off the inning with a single.

“It looked like it hit off the top of the wall and came back in,” Bard said. “But I guess further review showed that it hit off a lady’s knee. So it looks like they got it right. It’s still tough to call.”

Bard’s scoreless streak ended at 26 1-3 innings. He was tagged for three runs in the inning, two coming on Cabrera’s shot that Bard hoped bounced off the wall.

Bard (1-5) hadn’t given up a run since Cabrera’s RBI double in a loss to the Indians on May 23 in Cleveland.

“I don’t really care about it. It went longer than I probably ever expected it would,” Bard said. “I’m all about trying to help the team win and tonight I didn’t do that. Streak or no streak, we’ve just got to move forward.”

Cabrera hit two of Cleveland’s four home runs as the Indians won for just the third time in their last 11 games.

Travis Hafner and Kipnis also homered for Cleveland.

“As a staff tonight, we paid for our mistakes,” Boston manager Terry Francona said.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a broken-bat two-run homer and Carl Crawford had a solo homer, double and scored two runs for Boston, which was coming off a 20-6 record in July — its first 20-win month since May 2007.

Bard’s streak was the longest active in the majors. It was the first run he allowed after 25 scoreless appearances.

After Kipnis singled leading off the eighth, Cabrera hit a fly ball down the right field line that hooked around the Pesky Pole and caromed off what looked like the top of the wall to outfielder Josh Reddick. Replays appeared to show the ball hitting beyond the padding on the top of the approximately 5-foot wall and bouncing back into play.

It was ruled a homer, which broke a 5-all tie.

“I’ve had a little bit of luck to get to this point. It went longer than I thought it would,” Bard said. “That’s baseball. It all comes back around. There’s things you can control and things you can’t. I probably shouldn’t have made that pitch.”

Rafael Perez (4-1) pitched one inning of scoreless relief for the win.

The Indians started a seven-game road trip against division leaders. After four against the AL East-leading Red Sox, they are scheduled to play three in Texas against the West-leading Rangers this weekend.

After the Indians had grabbed a 5-3 lead in the sixth, Saltalamacchia hit his improbable two-run homer off starter Josh Tomlin in the bottom half. With the end of his bat flying down the first-base line, the ball carried into the seats in right. Indians first baseman LaPorta appeared to be staring into the Red Sox dugout in disbelief as Saltalamacchia rounded the bases.

Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, Cleveland grabbed the lead on the consecutive homers by Cabrera and Hafner against starter John Lackey. Cabrera hit his into the deepest part of Fenway Park’s right field, a drive that carried into the first row of seats over a short wall for his 18th of the season after Kipnis doubled. Hafner then belted his 10th into Boston’s bullpen.

Lackey, who had won his last four starts for his best stretch of the season, gave up five runs and eight hits, struck out five and didn’t walk anyone in 6 2-3 innings.

Boston took a 3-1 lead by scoring a run in the second and two in the third.

Kosuke Fukudome’s RBI single made it 3-2.

Marco Scutaro, who left the game with what the club called dizziness in the fourth inning, made it 1-0 with an RBI single.

Michael Brantley’s RBI double tied it in the third.

The Red Sox added two in third on Kevin Youkilis’ RBI triple off the center-field wall and Crawford’s homer.

Tomlin allowed five runs and 10 hits in six innings.

NOTES: Indians manager Manny Acta said RF Shin-Soo Choo, out since late June with a broken left thumb, will likely take BP on the field later this week. Acta would not talk about any rehab dates yet. “He’s got a couple of steps before that,” Acta said. Choo was Cleveland’s top hitter the past two seasons. … Boston utility INF Jed Lowrie, on the 15-day DL since June 17 with a strained left shoulder, started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday. He went 0-for-2. … Acta held a brief team meeting before the game. “We have a lot of kids that have never been here, a different ballpark, just for them to really take advantage of it with extra batting practice and all that,” he said. “Just let the guys know that this is fun, a couple of games out and two months to go. In a way I needed to let them know we’re still in it, but we needed to get back to what got us to where we’re at.” … It was the fifth time this season the Indians hit consecutive homers.

Yankees 3, White Sox 2

CHICAGO — CC Sabathia pitched eight strong innings to earn his major league-best 16th win and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Monday for their fourth consecutive victory.

Sabathia allowed two runs and 10 hits, matching a season high, but managed to wiggle out of trouble all night as the White Sox struggled to score without injured slugger Paul Konerko. They put the tying run in scoring position in the fifth, sixth and seventh and came away with nothing each time.

Sabathia (16-5) improved to 9-1 with a 1.76 ERA in his last 10 starts, burnishing his credentials for a second AL Cy Young Award. The big left-hander has pitched at least six innings in each of his last 21 outings.

Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save in 32 chances and second in as many days.

Cubs 5, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH — Starlin Castro had three hits and Carlos Zambrano survived six choppy innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Monday night to spoil slugger Derrek Lee’s two-homer debut with his new team.

Lee, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night, knocked in all three Pittsburgh runs but it wasn’t enough as the Pirates lost for the sixth time in eight games. Ryan Ludwick, picked up by the Pirates just before the trade deadline, went 0 for 3 with a walk

Zambrano (8-6) picked up his 13th career win over Pittsburgh, tied with Aaron Harang for second-most among active pitchers. Zambrano struck out five and walked three while giving up seven hits. Carlos Marmol pitched a perfect ninth to collect his 21st save.

Paul Maholm (6-11) surrendered four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out three and walking three. He ran out of steam after getting hit by a line drive off the bat of teammate Garrett Jones in the sixth.

The Pirates, in first-place two weeks ago, are now just one game above .500 (54-53), the closest they’ve been to the break-even mark in a month.

Lee did his part to revitalize Pittsburgh’s slumping offense.

He belted a solo shot in the fourth and added a two-run homer to center in the eighth off Chicago reliever Kerry Wood, just the second time all season a Pirates player has gone deep twice in one game. He became the first Pirate to hit two homers in his Pittsburgh debut since Shawon Dunston did it against Cleveland on Sept. 2, 1997.

Maholm had little trouble through the first five innings, allowing just one run on Jeff Baker’s sacrifice fly but ran into trouble after reaching first on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fifth. Jones slashed a line drive right at Maholm as the pitcher led off first and the ball drilled Maholm in the torso.

It did more than just end the inning, it seemed to end Maholm’s effectiveness.

Castro and Baker hit consecutive singles to start the sixth and Geovany Soto followed with a double down the left-field line. Maholm intentionally walked Marlon Byrd to load the bases with no out. Alfonso Soriano grounded to short but beat out the attempted double-play throw as Baker scored. Carlos Pena added a sacrifice fly to push Chicago’s lead to three.

That was enough for the Cubs, who won their second straight following a five-game skid.

Zambrano improved to 8-1 all-time at PNC Park and shook off a shaky July with his best outing — by the numbers anyway — since early June. He had trouble with his command, throwing just 66 of his 114 pitches for strikes, but the Pirates failed to take advantage.

Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez had two hits apiece for Pittsburgh but the Pirates left seven runners on base and again failed to get the clutch hit they needed to try and stay within striking distance in the National League Central.

NOTES: The Pirates are now 12-43 in games in which they scored four runs or less. … Philadelphia pitcher Roy Oswalt’s 15 career wins is the most by an active pitcher against the Pirates. … Chicago’s nine wins over the Pirates the last two years are the fewest of any NL Central club. … The Cubs are 48-36 all-time at PNC Park.

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