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Pavano's pitching, Martinez's hitting pace Indians in rout of Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Carl Pavano endured four injury-plagued years in which he gave the New York Yankees very little for their $39.95 million.

So far, he has been a big bargain for the Cleveland Indians.

  Boston announcer Remy takes leave of absence | Indians call up Herges | Laffey to bullpen

Pavano pitched his third strong game in three weeks, Victor Martinez homered and drove in four runs, and the Indians ended the Boston Red Sox's nine-game home winning streak with a 9-2 victory Wednesday night.

"The things I've been through the last few years with the injuries, I was able to put it behind me," said Pavano, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract as a free agent.

He allowed two runs in six innings and lowered his ERA in his past four games to 3.75. It was 16.71 after his other two starts. In his previous start on May 1, he allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings at Detroit.

Pavano (2-3) had spent most of the previous four seasons on the disabled list with shoulder and elbow problems, making only 26 starts and missing the entire 2006 season.

"We felt like he finished last year healthy and he came into spring training in great shape," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "He built himself like a veteran starting pitcher would."

Cleveland's beleaguered bullpen got a boost from its newest member, Aaron Laffey. He had been scheduled to start Thursday night, but the Indians moved him to a relief role and he allowed two hits in three scoreless innings for his first career save. He is 2-0 this year and all 29 of his previous major league appearances were as a starter.

"Old-school save, three innings," Wedge said. "It was good that we could get him out there right away."

Pavano allowed both runs in the second.

"We had chances to add on and then, kind of like Pavano did [in his] last outing, he got comfortable," Boston manager Terry Francona said.

Cleveland pulled to 2-1 on Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI single in the third before scoring three in the fifth on Martinez's two-run double and Shin-Soo Choo's RBI single.

In the seventh, Martinez singled in a run and Mark DeRosa hit a two-run homer. Martinez added a leadoff home run in the ninth before Ben Francisco singled home the final run.

Justin Masterson (2-2) got his first loss at Fenway Park after going 7-0.

"Just disappointed ... that it's a loss," he said. "Whatever the record was coming in and having the one loss now, it was bound to happen some time."

Pavano's track record against the Red Sox has been poor. In his previous start against them, he allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 17-1 loss in New York on May 28, 2005. And in his other two starts at Fenway, he was 0-2 with a 24.75 ERA.

In a 2003 start at Fenway when he was with Florida, he allowed six runs without retiring a batter in a 25-8 loss. In his other start there, he took the loss in Montreal's 15-0 loss.

But on Wednesday, Pavano retired eight of his last nine batters and finished with four strikeouts and three walks. He was helped by double-play grounders in the first and second and gave up only two hits in his last four innings.

"The elbow hasn't been an issue," he said. "I'm not satisfied where I'm at right now."

His roughest inning was the second, when the first three batters reached base on a walk to Jason Bay, a double by Mike Lowell and a walk to Jason Varitek that loaded the bases. Bay scored on Jeff Bailey's double play and Lowell came in on Jonathan Van Every's single.

Notes

  • Boston played without 1B Kevin Youkilis, who had tightness in his left side, and CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who had a tight right hamstring. Both were hurt in the two-games series at the New York Yankees that ended Tuesday.
  • The Indians called up RHP Matt Herges from Triple-A Columbus and optioned LHP Rafael Perez to the minor league team. They also released RHP Juan Salas.
  • Red Sox SS Jed Lowrie, on the disabled list following surgery on his left wrist, said before the game he hopes top return by the All-Star break.
 
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It has been awhile, but Cleveland's Carl Pavano finally has put two effective starts together.  (AP)
It has been awhile, but Cleveland's Carl Pavano finally has put two effective starts together. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

V. Martinez
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Boston

J. Van Every
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4000113 .233
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B5231012 .333
Victor Martinez, 1B5334002 .398
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5131001 .271
Mark DeRosa, 3B4132100 .256
Dave Dellucci, DH4000024 .412
   a- Ryan Garko, PH-DH1000002 .292
Jhonny Peralta, SS5000013 .208
Ben Francisco, LF4111110 .250
Kelly Shoppach, C1100210 .229
Totals38913957  
a-lined out for Dellucci in the 9th
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (9, Masterson), Mark DeRosa (7, Lopez)
3B - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, Masterson)
HR - Victor Martinez (6, Lopez), Mark DeRosa (6, Jones)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (14), Victor Martinez 4 (19), Shin-Soo Choo (14), Mark DeRosa 2 (21), Ben Francisco (8)
2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (8), Victor Martinez 2 (6), Shin-Soo Choo (5), Mark DeRosa 2 (9), Ben Francisco (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Peralta-A. Cabrera-Martinez, A. Cabrera-Peralta-Martinez, DeRosa-A. Cabrera-Martinez
Cleveland Indians
Carl Pavano (W,2-3) 6622340 6.61
Aaron Laffey (S,1) 3200010 3.60
HBP - Bailey (by Carl Pavano)
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 103-62, Aaron Laffey 27-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 8-4, Aaron Laffey 4-3
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 26, Aaron Laffey 10
Boston Red Sox
J.D. Drew, RF4010003 .259
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4000001 .310
David Ortiz, DH3010100 .229
Jason Bay, LF3100122 .311
Mike Lowell, 3B4110001 .300
Jason Varitek, C3020100 .231
Jeff Bailey, 1B3000011 .100
Jonathan Van Every, CF3021010 .364
   a- Julio Lugo, PH1010000 .267
Nick Green, SS4000015 .265
Totals3228135  
a-singled for Van Every in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Lowell (9, Pavano), Jason Varitek (6, Pavano)
RBI - Jonathan Van Every (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Van Every (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Bay 1
DP - Pedroia-Green-Bailey
Boston Red Sox
Justin Masterson (L,2-2) 6.1866360 5.28
Hunter Jones 1.2111211 3.38
Javier Lopez 1422001 10.38
HBP - Shoppach (by Justin Masterson)
WP - Hunter Jones (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 112-76, Hunter Jones 28-14, Javier Lopez 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 10-2, Hunter Jones 1-3, Javier Lopez 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 30, Hunter Jones 8, Javier Lopez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 37888
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Jeff Nelson