Red Sox rally in eighth inning to clip Cleveland
"Just trying to get a pitch I can put a good swing on," said Carp, who was in a 0-for-21 slide before hitting a three-run home run on Friday. "Left one out over the plate and got it off the wall.
Added Pedroia: "Their bullpen's really tough. I got in a hole there and was just trying to have a good at-bat and square a ball up, and got a pitch closer to me and it was up. So put a good swing on it."
"As a team today we just gave them extra opportunities and they took advantage," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Lester went seven innings, throwing a season-high 124 pitches, including 81 strikes. He allowed four runs on a season-high 10 hits and eight strikeouts with one walk and a wild pitch.
"I thought he had better command of his curveball and his changeup. He was efficient. Really no hesitation of him going out in the seventh inning. Felt like that was his game."
"I thought he had to dodge traffic all day and make some really big pitches," Francona said. "They made him work from the first inning on but he continued to make pitches."
The Red Sox tied the game in the second. With two out, Jose Iglesias singled, took second on Kazmir's balk and scored on Ciriaco's single.
But after Lester hit Mark Reynolds with a pitch, Carlos Santana singled to score Swisher.
In the fourth, Iglesias' one-out double scored Daniel Nava, who walked to open the inning. They tied the score in the fifth, with Bryan Shaw in to relieve Kazmir. With the bases loaded, Jonny Gomes' sacrifice fly scored Iglesias.
But Boston's four-run eighth inning was the difference.
NOTES: SS Stephen Drew was given a day off by Red Sox manager John Farrell. Drew is in a 0-for-17 slide with two walks and five strikeouts, dropping his average from .238 to .205. ... One game after making his first career start at third base, Jose Iglesias, who was called up from Class AAA Pawtucket on Friday with 3B Will Middlebrooks going on the disabled list, shifted back to his customary shortstop spot on Saturday, with Pedro Ciriaco starting at third base. ... Dustin Pedroia is the only member of the Red Sox who has played every game so far this season. ... Nick Swisher got his first hit, an RBI double in the first, since returning to the Indians on Friday after the birth of his first child on Tuesday. ... Asdrubal Cabrera recorded his fourth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to five games. ... Yan Gomes had his career-high seven-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-4.