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Swisher's homer in 11th helps Indians earn split in Boston

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BOSTON -- Nick Swisher finally has something to savor in a tough season -- a game-winning home run.

He had spent 16 days on the disabled list before being activated Thursday. He was batting only .203 when he came to bat in the 11th inning on Sunday.

Then he led off the inning with his fourth home run of the season, giving the Cleveland Indians their second successive 3-2 comeback victory against the Boston Red Sox.

"This year's been kind of crazy for me, personally, just to come up with a hit like that to help this team win a ballgame," Swisher said. "I was so stoked, man. I wanted to smile all the way around the bases."

Cleveland manager Terry Francona was pretty excited by the good view he had from the third-base dugout of the home run just inside the right-field foul pole.

"At that point it's not relief," he said, "it's elation."

The Red Sox wasted an excellent opportunity to win the game in the ninth when they loaded the bases with three walks by John Axford. Then Scott Atchison came in and got Brock Holt to end the threat with a groundout to second.

"He throws strikes," Francona said. "That's why he's out there."

The Red Sox left eight runners on base.

"We had opportunities," Boston manager John Farrell said. "We walked the bases loaded in the ninth and [were] a base hit away, or a swing away from ending it right there. It's been elusive."

Cody Allen (3-1) ended the game with two perfect innings, striking out three.

Junichi Tazawa (1-1) took the loss one day after walking in the winning run.

Swisher had been 1 for 8 in two of the first three games of the series after recovering from a hyperextended right knee and was 0 for 4 on Sunday before his home run.

"He obviously has that [home run] capability, but we're challenging him given his four previous at-bats on the day and maybe some of the inconsistencies he's had during the season," Farrell said, "and got beat on it."

The win was the Indians' second straight after four consecutive losses.

Michael Brantley gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead in the first with his 11th homer. But in the next five innings, Brandon Workman allowed just three hits, a walk and a hit batsman.

Boston tied the game in the first on a single by leadoff hitter Holt, a wild pitch and an RBI single by David Ortiz.

The Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the fifth against Corey Kluber after a walk to Jackie Bradley Jr. and a single by Holt put runners at first and third with one out. Dustin Pedroia then grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the forceout. But Pedroia hustled to beat the throw to first, avoiding a double play and allowing Bradley to score.

Just as they did in Saturday night's loss, the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead into the seventh and lost it. David Murphy walked and reached third on a single by Carlos Santana with no outs. Workman was replaced by Burke Badenhop, who allowed a tying sacrifice fly by Yan Gomes.

"All we can do is keep going out there and keep getting guys on base and working," Boston's A.J. Pierzynski said. "Guys hit some balls hard. They made some good plays. There's nothing you can do."

Cleveland threatened in the 10th when Craig Breslow issued two-out walks to Brantley and Kipnis, but Lonnie Chisenhall grounded into a forceout.

Notes

  • Cleveland leadoff hitter Michael Bourn went 0 for 6 Sunday and 1 for 19 in the series.
  • Red Sox 3B Xander Bogaert was not in the starting lineup because of flu-like symptoms but pinch ran in the ninth.
  • Stephen Drew started at shortstop for Boston after missing six games with a right side muscle injury.
  • Workman is expected to learn this week the result of his appeal of a six-game suspension after he threw near the head of Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria on May 30.
  • The Red Sox continue their seven-game homestand Monday night against the Minnesota Twins. Rubby De La Rosa (1-2) pitches for Boston against Kevin Correia (3-7). After going 5-5 on their road trip, the Indians return home Monday night to face the Los Angeles Angels. Trevor Bauer (1-3) pitches for Cleveland against Jered Weaver (7-5).
 
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Nick Swisher rediscovers his power at a big moment for the Indians.  (Getty Images)
Nick Swisher rediscovers his power at a big moment for the Indians. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

M. Brantley
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

B. Workman
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 7
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF6000014 .264
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5000023 .253
Michael Brantley, LF4121110 .322
Jason Kipnis, 2B4010110 .261
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3000133 .371
   a-Mike Aviles, PH-3B1000002 .260
Nick Swisher, DH5111014 .207
David Murphy, RF4100110 .274
Carlos Santana, 1B5030010 .190
Yan Gomes, C3001031 .255
Corey Kluber, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
Totals40373414  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Chisenhall in the 10th
Batting
2B - Carlos Santana (9, Workman)
HR - Michael Brantley (11, Workman), Nick Swisher (4, Tazawa)
SF - Yan Gomes (2)
RBI - Michael Brantley (45), Nick Swisher (20), Yan Gomes (23)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Brantley (16)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Brantley 1
DP - Kipnis-Santana
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Corey Kluber 5.1522440 3.35
Marc Rzepczynski 1.2100010 3.55
Bryan Shaw 1000010 2.38
John Axford 0.2000320 3.14
Scott Atchison 0.1000000 2.93
Cody Allen (W,3-1) 2000030 2.70
WP - Corey Kluber (3), John Axford (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 99-63, Marc Rzepczynski 24-14, Bryan Shaw 8-7, John Axford 29-13, Scott Atchison 4-3, Cody Allen 22-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 7-3, Marc Rzepczynski 1-2, Bryan Shaw 1-1, Scott Atchison 1-0, Cody Allen 2-1
Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 23, Marc Rzepczynski 5, Bryan Shaw 3, John Axford 5, Scott Atchison 1, Cody Allen 6
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, 3B5120015 .340
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5001001 .264
David Ortiz, DH5011021 .249
Mike Napoli, 1B5010010 .273
Daniel Nava, LF2000320 .198
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000113 .269
   Xander Bogaerts, PR0000000 .278
   David Ross, C1000000 .169
Grady Sizemore, RF4000110 .216
Stephen Drew, SS4020022 .167
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF2100212 .208
Brandon Workman, P0000000 .000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000 .000
Totals36262711  
Batting
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (24), David Ortiz (42)
SB - Stephen Drew (1, 2nd base off Rzepczynski/Gomes)
CS - Daniel Nava (1, 2nd base by Kluber/Gomes)
Team LOB - 8
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Workman 6522271 2.88
Burke Badenhop (BS,1) 1000000 1.67
Andrew Miller 1000030 2.51
Koji Uehara 1000010 0.59
Craig Breslow 1000210 4.37
Junichi Tazawa (L,1-1) 1211021 2.40
WP - Andrew Miller (2)
HBP - Gomes (by Brandon Workman)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Workman 103-68, Burke Badenhop 4-3, Andrew Miller 19-14, Koji Uehara 11-8, Craig Breslow 25-13, Junichi Tazawa 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Workman 6-5, Andrew Miller 1-0, Craig Breslow 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Workman 26, Burke Badenhop 3, Andrew Miller 4, Koji Uehara 3, Craig Breslow 5, Junichi Tazawa 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37356
Game Time - 4:03
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Sean Barber