Red Sox - 001 010 000 - 2 7 0 Spiders - 000 100 02x - 3 6 1Daniel Bard blew his second save of the year, allowing an inherited runner to score with one out in the eighth, then gave up a run of his own, as Cleveland took a 3-2 lead. With one out in the ninth, singles by J.D. Drew and Jed Lowrie put the potential tying run on third base, but Carl Crawford -- who had singled and scored Boston's first run and homered for its second -- grounded into a game-ending 463 double play.
Buchholz (7.1-4-2-2-4, 94) and Masterson (7.2-4-2-2-3, 112) were evenly matched -- and both pitched well despite a rain delay of 61 minutes at the start of the game. In the eighth, after Buchholz allowed a single to Jack Hannahan and pinch-runner Adam Everett took second on Austin Kearns's groundout, Bard came in to face pinch-hitter Carlos Santana.
Bard got Santana to foul out to third, but Michael Brantley lined an RBI-single to right to tie the game. (It was the first inherited runner that Bard has allowed to score this season; he's now stranded eight of nine.) Asdrubal Cabrera, who had homered in the fourth, doubled to left-center for the go-ahead run.
Dustin Pedroia was injured in the eighth inning and had to leave the game. He was on first when Adrian Gonzalez singled to right. Pedroia tripped rounding second base, got his feet tangled, and fell. He crawled back to the bag, but was very slow to get up. He seemed unable to put much weight on his left foot/ankle, and Drew Sutton ran for him and finished the game at second base.
The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 7-3 and the Tigers beat the Rays 6-3, so the Red Sox remain 0.5 GB; Toronto is now 1.5 GB.
Clay Buchholz / Justin Masterson
Buchholz has pitched seven innings in each of his last two starts and has allowed only two runs in his last 20.2 innings. In four May starts, he has a 1.40 ERA.
Masterson has allowed only one run in five of his nine starts this season. He has a 2.52 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. His walk rate is the lowest of his career and he has given up only one home run in 60.2 innings.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 7-for-18 (.389) in his last five games, with one double and three home runs:
I'm feeling more comfortable. As soon as I managed to slow things down, I've been putting good at-bats together. ... At the beginning of the season I was pressing a little bit, trying to go out and hit everything as hard as I could. ... [Now] I'm not trying to pull everything, I'm trying to put it in the big part of the park, and good things happen.AL East: Blue Jays/Yankees and Rays/Tigers at 7 PM.