The Boston Red Sox dropped a closely contested Father’s Day affair at Fenway Park to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon, 3-2.
After winning the opening two games of the series in convincing fashion, strong starting pitching was squandered over the weekend as the Sox fell to the Tribe for the second time in as many games.
Following a botched opportunity to win the game in the ninth with the bases full, the tilt headed for extra innings. In the eleventh, Cleveland’s Nick Swisher smacked a solo shot off of Junichi Tazawa. The Sox failed to respond in the bottom half of the frame.
Brandon Workman followed up a gem of a showing in his last start against Baltimore with another sparkling outing. Workman fanned seven batters over six innings of work. He allowed just two runs on five hits. The Sox were in a great position to win once he departed the game.
John Axford pitched the Indians into a jam in the ninth, walking the bases full with the game knotted at two. One of the Sox hottest hitters, Brock Holt, strolled to the plate with a chance to provide walk-off magic. Instead he grounded out to end the threat.
Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz drove in Boston’s two runs. Though it was the team’s inability to push across base-runners that doomed them over the weekend. They went a combined 1-15 with runners in scoring postion on Saturday and Sunday.
Stephen Drew returned to the lineup after missing a week of action with an oblique ailment. Drew recorded two hits in the loss.
Boston will welcome the Minnesota Twins to town on Monday. Rubby De La Rosa will take the mound for the Sox in an attempt to right the ship.
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