CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Boston Red Sox wanted so much to get back on the baseball field Tuesday night at Progressive Field as they sought to find some normalcy following the horrific bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon.
“You can’t live in fear, you gotta keep doing what you’re doing and not let these people ruin our lives,” said pitcher Jon Lester.
The men from Beantown not only got back on the field, but they continued their winning ways with a 7-2 win over the Tribe.
Before the game, the Indians held a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks, and each team wore black armbands. The American flag in center field was flying at half-staff.
Terry Francona managed the Red Sox for 8 seasons and led them to a pair of World Series titles.
Boston means a lot to the Indians manager.
“I don’t know how you quantify what happened. It’s unfair. I hope, maybe this game does help some people,” he said.
Boston climbed all over Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez in the second inning to set the tone. David Ross drew a bases-loaded walk for a 1-0 lead. A sacrifice fly made it 2-0 and Jacoby Ellsbury singled in the third run.
Dustin Pedroia walked in the 4th run, and that’s when Terry Francona lifted Jimenez. Mike Napoli doubled to deep center off reliever Cody Allen to clear the bases. It was 7-0 at that point and catch-up time the rest of the way.
Jimenez lasted just one and two-thirds innings. He gave up 2 hits, 7 runs and walked 5 batters. He has been a major disappointment for the Indians.
Miike Aviles, a former Red Sox player, drove in the Indians’ first run with a sacrifice fly in the second. The Tribe plated another run in the fifth thanks to a passed ball.
With the loss, the Tribe is now 5-7. That was their fourth loss at home in six affairs — not exactly home field advantage.
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