The Boston Red Sox broke out the lumber in a big way Friday night at Fenway Park, defeating the Cleveland Indains, 10-3. In building upon an impressive showing from the night before, the club once again benefitted from strong pitching and an offensive outburst that led to their second consecutive win over the Tribe.
Boston tagged Indians pitcher Justin Masterson, a familiar foe who has given them trouble in the past, for five early runs. They finished strong, ultimately posting a season-high total of 10 runs before it was all said and done.
Behind a balanced offensive attack, starting pitcher John Lackey threw the ball with confidence and improved to 8-4 on the season.
Eight of the nine members of the Boston lineup recorded hits in the contest. Xander Bogaerts smashed the biggest hit of the night in the eighth when he connected on a solo homer that sailed into the light towers above the Green Monster.
After falling behind 2-0 in the second, Pierzynski whacked a two-run double and Bradley banged out an RBI triple.
Napoli connected on a two-run double in third to give the Sox a 5-3 advantage. They would not strike again until the seventh.
Lackey’s impressive performance was easily overshadowed by the surpirsing offensive barrage, but it was yet another strong step in the right direction for the Sox pitching staff.
Lackey mowed down five batters and scattered seven hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.
In the seventh, Pedroia doubled home two and Napoli singled home another. Nava capped off the inning with an RBI double of his own.
With the team becoming healthier and key role players stepping up, it seems as if the Sox are building some momentum in an attempt to battle back into the divisional race.
For the first time perhaps all season, the Sox showed signs of what made them so succesful one year ago. The pitching has been more consistant and the bats are coming though in big ways of late.
Boston will look to make it three in a row on Saturday when Jake Peavy takes to the mound.