Felix Doubront’s solid outing helps Red Sox down Indians
Boston, MA, United States (AHN Sports) – Though he has little big league experience, having being used as reliever prior to this season, Felix Doubront tossed six solid innings in the Boston Red Sox’s 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians Saturday night at Fenway Park.
It marked the first back-to-back wins for Boston since a six-game winning streak in April 23-29.
In the third game of a four-game set Saturday, Doubront (3-1) worked six innings and allowed one run on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
The 24-year-old left-hander, who notched his third win with a 4.46 ERA in seven starts this season, shut down the Indians’ left-handed lineup.
Doubront, pulled before the seventh after throwing 109 pitches through six innings, combined on a three-hitter with three relievers. Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves were spotless for the final three innings.
The Tribe, which can roll out a starting lineup featuring nine left-handed hitters, tried to counter Doubront by having just five left hitters in the lineup Saturday, but to no avail.
Cleveland went 3-for-23, including a 2-for-14 by the five left-handed hitters in the batting order against Doubront and Miller, who is also a left-handed pitcher.
The American League Central-leading Indians (18-15) dropped to .217 against lefties following Saturday’s results. They are 4-8 when they face a left-hander and 14-7 when they face a right-handed starter.
Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Mike Aviles added an RBI and a run scored and David Ortiz drove in the other run for the victors.
Cody Ross gave a three-run lead to the Red Sox with a solo blast in the sixth for the final margin, 4-1.
Jason Kipnis, who has at least one hit in each of the seven contests he’s played at Fenway in his career, drove in the lone run for the Tribe.
The loss, the fourth in the last five games for the Indians, spoiled a brilliant effort from Zach McAllister (1-1), who made the start in place of the injured Josh Tomlin.
McAllister, recalled earlier Saturday from Triple-A Columbus, lasted seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He struck out a career-high eight batters.
Tomlin was placed on the 15-day disabled with a sore right wrist and placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 8.