Friday night in Beantown ended poorly for the first-place Indians as the Red Sox posted a 7-5 victory.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Carlos Santana drove home Asdrubal Cabrera, but Boston answered in the home half as Middlebrooks doubled in two to give the Beantowners a 2-1 lead.
The Indians tried to get aggressive on the basepaths in the second inning as Jason Kipnis singled, but Jack Hannahan was thrown out at the plate. The ump’s ruling did not agree with third base coach Steve Smith, who was ejected for objecting loudly to the call.
Boston then went to work on Ubaldo Jimenez. Boston got a Dustin Pedroia double down the right field line that scored a pair, and it was 4-1. The Red Sox tacked on three more runs against the Indians pitcher and led 7-1.
Jimenez, after a solid previous outing, allowed nine hits, seven runs, and walked five in only four-and-one third innings. Not the kind of job one needs to keep the team in the ballgame.
The Indians chipped away, getting three runs in the seventh inning on a walk, an error and a basehit. They tacked on one more in the ninth, but that’s all they could manage.
Boston held on to hand the Indians their 14th loss of the season, 7-5. Both teams match up again on Saturday.