Cleveland at Boston

W: M. Miller (1-0) L: K. Foulke (5-4)
HR: CLE - A. Boone (8), T. Hafner (13)   BOS - None

Hafner's hefty slam punctuates Cleveland comeback

CBS wire reports

BOSTON -- Travis Hafner's slugging has the Indians rolling against a Boston Red Sox team that swept them in Cleveland last week.

Hafner hit a grand slam off Keith Foulke in a five-run ninth inning, doubled twice and drove in six runs to lead the Indians over the Red Sox 12-8 Tuesday night.

"I was pretty pumped about it," Hafner said. "We were down three in the eighth. Things weren't looking too good, but I was so proud of the guys and the way that they battled back."

Boston, which lost its second in a row following a seven-game winning streak, overcame deficits of 4-1 and 5-3, taking an 8-5 lead with a five-run sixth inning. The Red Sox lost 7-0 to Cleveland on Monday night when Hafner also had two doubles and a homer.

In the opener of the three-game series last week at Cleveland, Boston ended the Indians' nine-game winning streak.

"It's crushing," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Tuesday's loss. "The same things that make you laugh a week ago can make you cry tonight."

Aaron Boone hit his 100th career homer -- his first home run against Boston since his 11th-inning drive off Tim Wakefield capped the New York Yankees' comeback in Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series.

After Jhonny Peralta's leadoff single in the eighth off Mike Timlin and Casey Blake's one-out double, Foulke (5-4) relieved and allowed Hafner's run-scoring groundout and Victor Martinez's RBI single.

Foulke, who blew a save for the third time in 18 chances, gave up Jody Gerut's double with one out in the ninth, then retired Boone on a flyout.

Peralta singled on a 3-2 pitch to tie the score 8-8, and Grady Sizemore and Blake walked on pitches close to the plate. Hafner followed with his 13th homer, driving an 0-2 changeup just inside the right-field foul pole for his second career slam.

"I thought there was a real good chance that it would hook foul," Hafner said. "I hit it pretty good."

He's been doing that for a while with 21 RBI in his last 11 games after getting 27 in his first 56.

Matt Miller (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and Bob Wickman retired the Red Sox in order on three pitches in the bottom of the ninth.

Foulke allowed five runs, four hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings and was booed after ending the ninth.

"It was a bad day of work," he said. "I've always said the hardest thing is to come in here and face my teammates (rather) than worry about Johnny from Burger King booing me."

Cleveland's bullpen, which entered Tuesday's game with baseball's best ERA at 2.78, didn't fare well, either. Kevin Youkilis hit an RBI double in the sixth off Cliff Lee and scored on Mark Bellhorn's sacrifice fly against Arthur Rhodes to tie the score 5-all.

Johnny Damon's single, Edward Renteria's walk and David Ortiz's go-ahead single chased Rhodes. Miller relieved and gave up RBI singles to Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar.

Rhodes' ERA rose from 0.87 to 1.74 but "has been great for us all year long," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "Some good hitters got a couple of base knocks on him. It's going to happen.."

Boston starter Wade Miller allowed five runs, seven hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings, while Lee gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Hafner's double and Martinez's RBI groundout put Cleveland ahead in the first, and Boone made it 3-0 in the second. The drive went into the left-center field seats above the Green Monster, and fans cheered when one of them threw the ball back onto the field.

"This is a big confidence boost to this team and some individuals as well. It gives us a lot of confidence knowing we have the ability to come back," Blake said.


  • Damon extended his hitting streak to 15 games with his single in the sixth. He also has an 18-game hitting streak this season.
  • Sizemore was the only starter on either team without a hit but had three walks and four runs.
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Travis Hafner's ninth-inning grand slam brings the hammer down on the Red Sox.  (AP)
Travis Hafner's ninth-inning grand slam brings the hammer down on the Red Sox. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Ortiz
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

T. Hafner
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3400301 .307
Casey Blake, RF5331111 .224
Travis Hafner, DH5236111 .300
Victor Martinez, C6012003 .238
Ben Broussard, 1B4021111 .254
Ron Belliard, 2B5010023 .289
Jody Gerut, LF5010004 .287
    Coco Crisp, PR-LF0100000 .287
Aaron Boone, 3B5111003 .200
Jhonny Peralta, SS5131020 .275
2B - Casey Blake 2 (12, W. Miller, Timlin), Travis Hafner 2 (20, W. Miller, W. Miller), Jody Gerut (7, Foulke)
HR - Travis Hafner (13, Foulke), Aaron Boone (8, W. Miller)
RBI - Casey Blake (26), Travis Hafner 6 (48), Victor Martinez 2 (32), Ben Broussard (31), Aaron Boone (26), Jhonny Peralta (25)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake (9), Travis Hafner 4 (24), Victor Martinez (15), Jhonny Peralta (13)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Peralta-Belliard-Broussard
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee 5.1755340 3.56
Arthur Rhodes (BS,3) 0.1233100 1.72
Matt Miller (W,1-0) 2.1400110 1.46
Bob Wickman 1000000 2.70
HBP - Millar (by Matt Miller)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 101-66, Arthur Rhodes 18-9, Matt Miller 37-25, Bob Wickman 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 2-10, Matt Miller 5-0, Bob Wickman 2-1
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 26, Arthur Rhodes 4, Matt Miller 12, Bob Wickman 3
Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF5120012 .338
Edgar Renteria, SS4211113 .272
David Ortiz, DH5131001 .308
Manny Ramirez, LF2112201 .272
Kevin Millar, 1B4021012 .274
    Ramon Vazquez, PR0000000 .200
    John Olerud, 1B0000000 .394
Jason Varitek, C5010025 .310
Jay Payton, RF5111001 .262
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4111003 .288
   a- Bill Mueller, PH1000000 .290
Mark Bellhorn, 2B2111200 .233
a-grounded out for Youkilis in the 9th
2B - Edgar Renteria (14, Lee), Jason Varitek (16, Lee), Kevin Youkilis (6, Lee), Mark Bellhorn (19, Lee)
SF - Manny Ramirez (5), Mark Bellhorn (3)
RBI - Edgar Renteria (30), David Ortiz (66), Manny Ramirez 2 (68), Kevin Millar (30), Jay Payton (21), Kevin Youkilis (9), Mark Bellhorn (25)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (24), Manny Ramirez (27), Kevin Millar (5)
Team LOB - 10
E - Edgar Renteria 2 (15, misplayed grounder; wild throw)
Boston Red Sox
Wade Miller 5.2755441 5.14
Mike Myers 0.2100010 2.20
Mike Timlin (H,14) 1322000 1.64
Keith Foulke (BS,3; L,5-4) 1.2455221 6.03
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miller 118-66, Mike Myers 20-12, Mike Timlin 14-9, Keith Foulke 47-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miller 8-6, Mike Myers 1-0, Mike Timlin 2-1, Keith Foulke 1-2
Batters Faced - Wade Miller 29, Mike Myers 3, Mike Timlin 6, Keith Foulke 11
Game Information
Attendance - 35445
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marvin Hudson