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Swisher's homer in 11th sends Indians past Sox
Boston Red Sox right fielder Daniel Nava (29) is tagged out trying to steal second base by Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) in the fourth inning at Fenway Park. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
“This year’s been kind of crazy for me personally — just to come up with a hit like that to help this team win a ballgame, especially here, Father’s Day, getaway game,” designated hitter Swisher said after his line shot gave the Cleveland Indians their second straight 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Swisher, long a thorn in the side of the Red Sox and their fans from his days with the hated New York Yankees, hit his 16th career homer against Boston — only his fourth homer of the season — leading off the 11th against Junichi Tazawa (1-1). The hit came after Swisher, who returned from the disabled list at the start of the four-game series, had gone 0-for-4 on the day and 1-for-12 on the series.
“I love coming here. I absolutely love it,” he said. “You knew exactly the type of fans that are going to be here. They’re passionate about their squad. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been. If you’re wearing a different jersey you’re going to get it.
The victory gave Cleveland (35-35) a split of the four-game series and a 5-2 season series win over the Red Sox.
Swisher hit his no-doubter on a 2-1 pitch as the first batter faced by, who also walked home the winning run in Saturday’s game.
Cleveland closer Cody Allen (3-1) pitched two perfect innings to get the win.
Left fielder Michael Brantley hit a solo homer (his career-high 11th) and catcher Yan Gomes had a sacrifice fly for the other Cleveland runs, as the Indians again came from behind. Designated hitter David Ortiz and second baseman Dustin Pedroia drove in the Boston runs, as the Red Sox fell to 31-38 with their second straight loss following seven straight home wins.
The Red Sox left the bases loaded in the ninth — after right-hander John Axford walked the bases loaded around a pair of strikeouts.
Red Sox starter Brandon Workman, who was allowed to pitch as Major League Baseball delayed final word on his six-game suspension for throwing at Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria until Monday, went six-plus strong innings. He left with two on and nobody out in the seventh and Gomes tied the game against right-hander Burke Badenhop.
Cleveland won both Saturday and Sunday without a hit with runners in scoring position (0-for-16) while stranding a combined 23 baserunners. The Red Sox went 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position in the two games and stranded a combined 15.