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Red Sox rally to sweep Indians on Renteria's RBI double

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Nothing, or so it seems, is insurmountable to these Boston Red Sox. Once you've foiled a curse, beaten back history and mastered the Yankees in October, overcoming a two-run deficit in June is pretty easy.

Edgar Renteria hit an RBI double in the ninth inning off closer Bob Wickman as the surging Red Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory Wednesday night and a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians.

Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, the Red Sox, who patented the historic comeback last season, staged their 20th come-from-behind win of the season and completed their first sweep at Jacobs Field since May 1999.

"We play calm out there," said Johnny Damon, who came off the bench and scored the tying run in the eighth. "We've been through pressure before. We've dealt with it. We don't let too much bother us."

Boston has won four straight and nine of 10, and the defending World Series champions are 11 games over .500 (41-30) for the first time this season.

"We're right where we need to be," Damon said.

Renteria and John Olerud hit solo homers for Boston, which improved to 3-26 when trailing after seven innings.

Keith Foulke (5-3) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the Red Sox, who managed just two runs and six hits in seven innings off Cleveland starter Cliff Lee.

Jay Payton, batting leadoff for the first time this season, doubled to open the ninth off Wickman (0-2) and went to third when center fielder Grady Sizemore bobbled the ball on the warning track for an error.

"I saw him (Sizemore) as I got to second, and then I just took off," Payton said.

Renteria, whose 11th-inning single in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series for Florida still haunts Cleveland fans, followed with his double and the Red Sox hung on to improve to 11-7 in one-run games.

"We did some really good things to win," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "That's a lose-able game."

Down to their final six outs, the Red Sox came back against Cleveland's usually dependable bullpen in the eighth. Indians relievers came in with the AL's lowest ERA (2.58) but couldn't protect the lead for Lee.

In Boston's eighth, Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar hit consecutive one-out singles off Bob Howry before Olerud hit an RBI single off lefty Arthur Rhodes, who then gave up Bill Mueller's run-scoring single to tie it 4-4.

Lee had quieted Boston's big boppers, who had scored 19 runs and bashed eight homers in winning the series' first two games. Before being slowed by Lee, the Red Sox had scored six or more runs in 10 of their previous 12 games.

"They are a veteran team over there and they obviously showed they know how to win close games," Lee said. "Hopefully, we can get there, too."

Casey Blake had three hits and an RBI single for Cleveland, which came into the series riding a nine-game winning streak.

The Indians were hoping to salvage at least one game against Boston. Last season, Cleveland won 10 of 11 in August to get back into the playoff race before dropping nine in a row and out of contention.

"We were trying to keep this thing rolling," Wickman said, "and we didn't get the job done."

Olerud evened it 2-all in the seventh with his first homer since Sept. 30, when he was with the New York Yankees. The well-traveled first baseman signed a minor-league deal with Boston on May 1.

"I've seen him take that swing too many times," Francona said. "I know his swing is a gift, but he works hard at it."

Ramirez, whose escapades while playing right field during his eight seasons in Cleveland are legendary, misplayed Victor Martinez's routine fly to left-center leading off the second.

Ramirez initially tracked the ball before he appeared to lose it despite being in the shade and let it bounce past him. Martinez went to second on Ramirez's first error in 112 chances and scored on Jody Gerut's single.

Renteria tied it in the third with his sixth homer, a towering shot into the left-field bleachers.

Notes

  • Sizemore extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games with a double in the first. During the streak, he's batting .400 (20-for-50) with eight RBI.
  • Damon did not start so he could rest his sore right shoulder. He expects to be 100 percent by Friday. "I'm a fast healer," he said. "Two days for me is an eternity."
  • Indians 3B Aaron Boone missed his second straight game with strep throat.
  • Ramirez has reached base safely in 22 straight games.
  • The Indians are 12-18 in one-run games.
 
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David Ortiz greets Edgar Renteria after his home run in the third inning.  (AP)
David Ortiz greets Edgar Renteria after his home run in the third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

E. Renteria
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

J. Olerud
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
Jay Payton, CF-RF^CF5110001 .267
Edgar Renteria, SS5122001 .268
David Ortiz, DH4020100 .306
Manny Ramirez, LF3110212 .270
Kevin Millar, RF4020012 .273
    Johnny Damon, PR-CF0100000 .338
   a- Trot Nixon, PH-RF1000002 .296
Jason Varitek, C5000027 .310
John Olerud, 1B4132000 .394
Bill Mueller, 3B4011011 .290
Mark Bellhorn, 2B3000122 .226
Totals3851254718 
a-lined out for Damon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jay Payton (7, Wickman), Edgar Renteria (13, Wickman), David Ortiz 2 (21, Lee, Lee)
HR - Edgar Renteria (6, Lee), John Olerud (1, Lee)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (28), John Olerud 2 (6), Bill Mueller (29)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria (10), John Olerud (3), Bill Mueller (11)
SB - Edgar Renteria (5, 3rd base off Wickman/Martinez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Bellhorn-Olerud
E - Manny Ramirez (1, Dropped fly), Edgar Renteria (13, Wild throw)
Boston Red Sox
Wade Miller 5621340 4.83
Alan Embree 1.1222010 7.47
Mike Myers 0.1000000 2.35
Mike Timlin 1200010 1.27
Keith Foulke (W,5-3) 1.1100000 5.35
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miller 112-69, Alan Embree 14-12, Mike Myers 3-2, Mike Timlin 13-9, Keith Foulke 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miller 5-7, Alan Embree 2-0, Mike Myers 1-0, Mike Timlin 2-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miller 25, Alan Embree 5, Mike Myers 1, Mike Timlin 5, Keith Foulke 5
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5020012 .307
Alex Cora, 2B5110004 .221
Coco Crisp, LF5110002 .284
Travis Hafner, DH4101111 .279
Victor Martinez, C4111100 .228
Ben Broussard, 1B4010012 .247
Casey Blake, 3B-RF4031000 .219
Jody Gerut, RF2011001 .286
   a- Jose Hernandez, PH-3B2000023 .226
Jhonny Peralta, SS3010113 .273
Totals3841143618 
a-struck out for Gerut in the 6th
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore 2 (15, W. Miller, Foulke)
RBI - Travis Hafner (35), Victor Martinez (26), Casey Blake (25), Jody Gerut (8)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (12)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Cora-Broussard
E - Grady Sizemore (2, Bobble)
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee 7622362 3.28
Scott Sauerbeck (H,7) 0.1000000 3.10
Bob Howry (H,10) 0.1222000 3.56
Arthur Rhodes (BS,1) 0.1200000 0.93
Bob Wickman (L,0-2) 1211110 2.89
IBB - Ramirez by Cliff Lee, Ortiz by Bob Wickman
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 103-68, Scott Sauerbeck 1-1, Bob Howry 10-7, Arthur Rhodes 16-10, Bob Wickman 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 4-10
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 29, Scott Sauerbeck 1, Bob Howry 3, Arthur Rhodes 3, Bob Wickman 6
Game Information
Attendance - 29915
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh