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Indians beat Red Sox on Choo's first grand slam

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BOSTON -- Cleveland's Jake Westbrook couldn't keep Boston's hitters off base. Still, he always felt in control and did just enough so the Red Sox couldn't come up with yet another comeback win.

Westbrook became the first pitcher in 18 years to win despite allowing 15 hits, and the Indians used Shin-Soo Choo's grand slam to beat Josh Beckett and the Red Sox 7-6 Thursday night.

"It was a weird game, but that's baseball," Westbrook said. "I was getting ground balls, they just happened to find the holes here and there. I still think like they felt I was in control of the game."

Westbrook hung on while giving up the most hits in the majors this season, permitting six runs in eight innings. The Red Sox got 12 singles, three doubles and a walk against him, but grounded into two double plays and left eight runners on base.

"Hey, he got the win," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "We'll take it."

John Dopson was the last pitcher to win while permitting 15 hits when he led Montreal past Atlanta 9-2 on July 3, 1988, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

Choo, traded from Seattle to the Indians for Ben Broussard on July 26, hit his first career slam. Travis Hafner and Aaron Boone also homered for the Indians, who split the four-game series.

The Red Sox fell one game behind first-place New York in the AL East.

Westbrook (8-7) ended his three-game losing streak and won for the first time since July 4.

Jason Davis recorded his first career save, retiring David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Doug Mirabelli in order. Cleveland led entering the ninth inning in each game of the series, but allowed Ortiz's winning homer Monday and Mark Loretta's game-ending double Wednesday.

A strong wind kept hard-hit balls by Ortiz and Ramirez in the park in the ninth inning, preventing another Red Sox comeback. Boston is tied with Minnesota with a major league-best 32 come-from-behind win.

"You saw a lot of balls die out there tonight," Wedge said. "The wind was cutting in pretty good."

Beckett (13-6) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in six innings. He fell to 0-2 this season against the Indians, who tagged him for nine runs in 3 2/3 innings on April 27.

Boston scored a run in the first inning and two more in the second. Beckett breezed through five innings, allowing only Boone's solo homer, but gave up six runs on seven consecutive hits in the sixth.

"I didn't execute pitches," Beckett said. "That loss is on me, it's not on anybody else."

Joe Inglett started the rally with a single and Hafner followed with his 31st home run. After three consecutive singles, Choo drove a first-pitch fastball to center field to give the Indians a 7-3 lead.

"Well, he gave up six runs and it happened in a hurry," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He just left a fastball right over the middle of the plate to Choo. If he was on our team, you'd say it was a gorgeous swing, but since he's on Cleveland, it didn't look so good."

Boston scored two more in the sixth and another in the eighth to pull within 7-6.

Kevin Youkilis had three hits and three RBI for the Red Sox. Ramirez drove in Youkilis in the first inning to become the 45th player in major league history with 1,500 RBI.

Ortiz has gone 0-for-8 since hitting the game-winner Monday.

Notes

  • Boston 3B Mike Lowell left the game in the eighth inning after fouling a ball off his foot. Francona said he will be examined Friday.
  • Boston C Jason Varitek had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and was expected to begin rehabilitation immediately, though there was no timetable given for his return.
  • Boston RHP Keith Foulke struck out two and walked one in a scoreless inning in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket. Foulke was 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 29 relief appearances before going on the DL on June 13 with elbow tendinitis.
  • Beckett has given up a major league-high 31 home runs.
  • Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
  • Hafner is two home runs shy of tying his career high.
 
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Shin-Soo Choo's sixth-inning grand slam gives the Indians a commanding four-run lead.   (AP)
Shin-Soo Choo's sixth-inning grand slam gives the Indians a commanding four-run lead. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

K. Youkilis
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Cleveland

T. Hafner
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5000020
Joe Inglett, 2B5120000
Travis Hafner, DH3132100
Victor Martinez, C3110122
Casey Blake, 1B4120001
Todd Hollandsworth, LF4110001
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4114010
Hector Luna, SS4010010
Aaron Boone, 3B4111001
Totals367127265 
Batting
2B - Travis Hafner (, Beckett)
HR - Travis Hafner (, Beckett), Shin-Soo Choo (, Beckett), Aaron Boone (, Beckett)
RBI - Travis Hafner 2 (), Shin-Soo Choo 4 (), Aaron Boone ()
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Luna-Inglett-Blake, Luna-Inglett-Blake
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook (W,-) 81566110
Jason Davis (S,) 1000000
IBB - Ortiz by Jake Westbrook
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 118-77, Jason Davis 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 12-9
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 38, Jason Davis 3
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4133001
Mark Loretta, 2B5010003
David Ortiz, DH4000101
Manny Ramirez, LF5021003
Mike Lowell, 3B4010002
    Doug Mirabelli, C1000000
Wily Mo Pena, RF4110011
Coco Crisp, CF4330000
Alex Gonzalez, SS4130000
Ken Huckaby, C3011000
   a- Alex Cora, PH-3B0000000
Totals3861551111 
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Huckaby in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (, Westbrook), Mark Loretta (, Westbrook), Alex Gonzalez (, Westbrook)
SF - Kevin Youkilis ()
SH - Alex Cora ()
RBI - Kevin Youkilis 3 (), Manny Ramirez (), Ken Huckaby ()
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (), Manny Ramirez ()
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Beckett-A. Gonzalez-Youkilis, Youkilis, A. Gonzalez-Loretta-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (L,-) 61177033
Kyle Snyder 0.1100210
Craig Hansen 1.2000020
Mike Timlin 1000000
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 88-61, Kyle Snyder 15-5, Craig Hansen 16-10, Mike Timlin 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-6, Craig Hansen 1-1, Mike Timlin 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 27, Kyle Snyder 4, Craig Hansen 4, Mike Timlin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36557
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell