Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – If there was one player that just about no one would have picked to have been a hero for an Indians game in 2012, it would have been Brent Lillibridge.
The INF/OF came to the Indians back on July 24th, and playing third base Saturday night had a huge night as the Indians beat the Red Sox 5-2.
The former Red Sox had three hits, including his first homer as an Indian, as well as a double as he drove in two runs in the win.
The other hero for the Indians was starting pitcher Zach McAllister, who shut down the Sox over 8 innings, allowing two runs on three hits.
It was a far cry for McAllister from his last outing, when he was on the mound when the Twins beat on him for a 10-run second inning last Monday in a 14-3 loss.
McAllister did not walk a batter and struck out four as he pushed his record to 5-4 this season. He threw 100 pitches in the win.
Chris Perez worked the 9th with the three-run lead for his 31st save of the season. The win for the Indians is their 3rd in four games, and they are now 53-61 on the year.
Lillibridge gave the Indians the 1-0 lead in the third against Sox starter Franklin Morales, slamming a homer to left for the 1-0 lead.
Boston took the lead at 2-1 in the fourth, when they loaded the bases on a double and then two fielder’s choices’ when McAllister gaffed on a bunt, and Lillibridge fielded a ball in the infield and couldn’t make a play.
Sox number four hitter Adrian Gonzalez made the Indians pay when he hit a double off the wall in left for the Sox only lead.
The Indians tied it up in the fifth when Michael Brantley walked and went to second on a balk, then scored on a Lillibridge single.
The Tribe took the lead for good in the 6th when Asdrubal Cabrera walked and Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch. The pair pulled a double steal, and then Brantley hit a sac fly to make it 3-2.
Lillibridge doubled to start the 7th, and scored on a perfect squeeze play by Lou Marson to make it 4-2. The Indians got a final run in the 8th when Ezequiel Carrera singled to shallow left, scoring Carlos Santana.
The finale of the four-game set as well as the homestand is Sunday with a 1:05pm start. Jon Lester will go for Boston vs Corey Kluber for the Tribe.