BOSTON (AP) -- The Cleveland hitters weren't having much success
until the Boston defense started helping out.
"This team is definitely a bunch of battlers,'' said outfielder
Ellis Burks, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI double.
Johnny Damon singled and scored Boston's first run, then homered
in the fifth to make it 4-0. But Cleveland, which mustered just
four hits in the first six innings against Casey Fossum, took
advantage of four Red Sox errors to score twice in the seventh and
three times in the eighth to take the lead.
"It hurt us and we couldn't come back,'' said Red Sox shortstop
Nomar Garciaparra, who threw the ball into the dugout to allow the
go-ahead run to score. "I should have held onto it. I knew that it
was a tough play. You've got to be perfect. You try to make a Joe
Montana pass and if it isn't perfect, that's the result.''
Boston's loss cut the New York Yankees' magic number to two for
clinching the AL East. The Yankees won 7-1 at Tampa Bay, and they
could clinch at least a tie with a victory over the Devil Rays on
Thursday, when the Red Sox are idle.
David Riske (2-2) pitched one inning for the victory. Alan
Embree (0-2) took the loss after giving up three runs, two of them
earned, on three hits and a walk while getting just two outs.
Danny Baez pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Karim Garcia hit his 14th homer, a solo shot, in the Indians
ninth to make it 6-4.
Ellis Burks hit an RBI double off Wayne Gomes before Embree came
on and walked Jim Thome to load the bases. Embree then got Milton
Bradley on a called third strike; he was ejected when he threw his
helmet arguing about the call.
Travis Fryman and Josh Bard singled to lead off the eighth, and
Brandon Phillips moved up the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Snyder
hit a grounder through third baseman Shea Hillenbrand for his
second error of the game, scoring Fryman to make it 4-3.
Pinch-hitter Victor Martinez singled to drive in another run and
tie it. Rolando Arrojo got Vizquel to hit into what could be an
inning-ending double play, but Garciaparra's relay went into the
dugout to give Cleveland the lead.
That deprived Fossum of the win despite a career-high 10
strikeouts in his best start of the year. He allowed two unearned
runs on six hits and two walks in 6 2-3 innings to equal the
longest outing of his career.
"I was hoping to come in and help guarantee that he walked away
with a win,'' Embree said. "That's my job. I didn't have it
tonight. It just kept getting bigger and bigger and I couldn't stop
The Red Sox got to Ryan Drese early, scoring three in the first
on singles by Damon and Garciaparra and doubles by Manny Ramirez
and Daubach. Doug Mirabelli followed with a single, but Daubach was
thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
P Tim Wakefield was honored before the game as the Red Sox
winner of the Roberto Clemente Award for work in the community. ...
The Red Sox announced that their Double-A affiliate will be in
Portland, Maine, instead of Trenton, N.J. ... Indians manager Joel
Skinner confirmed that C Einar Diaz (elbow) and OF Matt Lawton
(shoulder) are done for the season. ... 2B Phillips threw Freddy
Sanchez out from his knees to start the eighth. ... The Red Sox
trying to win their first home series in five tries since