CLEVELAND — Justin Masterson pitched seven shutout innings and the Cleveland offense squeezed out just enough runs to lead the Indians to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox Monday night at Progressive Field.
In winning his first game since May 8, Masterson (3-4) held the Red Sox to three hits, while striking out a season-high 10 and walking four. Cleveland extended its winning streak to four games while Boston’s seven-game winning streak was snapped.
Right-hander John Lackey (6-4) went the distance for Boston, giving up three runs on eight hits, with three strikeouts and two walks.
The Indians scored three runs in the first three innings and the Cleveland pitchers made that lead stand up.
The Red Sox made it interesting in the eighth inning when third baseman Zander Bogaerts belted a two-run home run off right-hander Bryan Shaw. But Shaw, left-hander Marc Rzepczynski, and right-hander Cody Allen got the final outs to preserve the win. Allen pitched the ninth and picked up his fourth save, retiring former Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore for the final out.
Masterson, who had a disastrous month of May, was much better in his first start in June. In six starts in May, Masterson was 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA, and he came into his start Monday with a record of 2-4 and a 5.21 ERA.
Masterson was a little shaky early, but found his stride in the middle innings, at one point throwing 25 consecutive strikes.
After Masterson struck out left fielder Jonny Gomes with the bases loaded to end a scoreless the top of the first, the Indians scored two runs in the bottom of the inning against Lackey.
Center fielder Michael Bourn walked and stole second. Lackey struck out shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera but walked left fielder Michael Brantley. Second baseman Jason Kipnis grounded out for the second out, but first baseman Lonnie Chisenhall came through with a two-run single to left, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead.
Cleveland made it 3-0 in the third inning, which began with a triple by Bourn to center field. Cabrera followed with an RBI single.
Masterson walked four batters in the first three innings, then seemed to find his rhythm. In the fourth inning, he struck out the side on nine pitches, retiring Gomes, Sizemore and shortstop Stephen Drew.
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Notes: The Red Sox recalled SS Stephen Drew from Triple-A Pawtucket, and Drew made his first major league start of the season. Boston optioned INF Garin Cecchini to Pawtucket. ... Boston also placed 1B/OF Mike Carp on the disabled list with a broken bone in his right foot and recalled OF Daniel Nava from Triple-A. ... The Indians recalled LHP Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus and optioned RHP Mark Lowe to Columbus.