Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – It was an emotional day at the park for the Indians with the firing of pitching coach Scott Radinsky.
While the team could have mailed it in, they used the emotion to their advantage, getting a great start from Ubaldo Jimenez, and clutch hitting in a three-run fifth to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3.
Jimenez was as good as any game in 2012, going six plus innings, allowing three runs on 8 hits with a walk and a season-high 10 strikeouts.
It was the first time since last August 26th against the Royals the Indians thrower had recorded double digit K’s in a game.
The offense did the job with a three-run fifth inning off Sox starter Felix Doubront, with Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley all coming up with RBI’s to give the Indians the lead.
Chris Perez, who had blown two saves in a row for the Indians, was able to finally get to 30 saves on the year by retiring the Sox in the 9th.
The win, the second straight for the Indians, puts them at 52-60 on the year, while the Sox tough first year under Bobby Valentine continues, as they fall to 55-58.
The Indians got on the board first, as Jason Donald, playing for Jason Kipnis who had a stiff neck, homered to start the game to make it 1-0.
It held till the 4th, when Dustin Pedroia singled and came home on Adrian Gonzalez’s two-run homer to make it a 2-1 game. It was Gonzalez’s 12th blast of the year.
The Sox made it 3-1 in the 5th when Jacob Ellsbury singled, stole second, and then scored on a single by Pedroia. It was his 41st RBI of the season.
The Indians came back against Doubront, scoring three in the 5th to take a 5-4 lead.
With one out, Lou Marson singled, went to second on a Donald walk, and then scored on a double by Asdrubal Cabrera to make it 3-2.
Shin-Soo Choo walked to load the bases, and then Carlos Santana in an excellent at-bat, worked it to 3-2 and singled to left to score Donald to make it 3-3.
Michael Brantley gave the Indians the 4-3 lead when he hit a sac fly to left, scoring Cabrera.
Jimenez struck out the side for the second time in the game in the 6th, and gave way to Tony Sipp after allowing a double to start the 7th.
The Indians got out of that inning when Carl Crawford hit a grounder to Cabrera, who went for the lead runner Pedro Ciriaco.
They got Ciriaco, and then alertly threw down to second where Crawford was racing to, and got him for the double play to end the 7th.
Vinnie Pestano hit Gonzalez with one out in the 8th, and then allowed a single to Cody Ross. He got the hold though with a strikeout and fly out.
Friday is game two of the series, as Clay Buchholz throws for the Red Sox vs Chirs Seddon, making his second start for the Indians this year, for the Tribe at 7:05pm.