Red Sox 3, Indians 2

Clay Buchholz gave the Boston Red Sox a quick cure with a

two-hit, complete-game victory.

Buchholz pitched a two-hitter, Cody Ross hit a two-run homer,

and the Red Sox broke a three-game losing streak by beating the

Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Friday night.

But this win didn’t come without a cost for the Red Sox as

hot-hitting rookie Will Middlebrooks was sent for X-rays after

being hit by a pitch.

Middlebrooks was hurt after Ross hit a two-run homer to support

Buchholz’s masterful effort. Boston had already done enough to

secure the victory.

”Just what the doctor ordered,” manager Bobby Valentine said

of Buchholz’s performance. ”He was terrific. He was excellent. He

was in control the whole way.”

Middlebrooks left in the ninth after being struck in the right

wrist by Esmil Rogers. Valentine hopes the third baseman, batting

.288 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs, isn’t lost for long.

”He got hit pretty good,” Valentine said. ”He was in a lot of

pain. I don’t think he’s in there (Saturday). I was hoping it got

more meat, but it was straight on the bone.”

Buchholz (10-3) gave up one earned run in his second complete

game this season and fifth of his career. The right-hander improved

to 8-2 in 17 starts following a loss the last two years.

”Everybody wants to win every night,” Buchholz said of being a

skid stopper. ”When you do it, sure it feels good.”

Ross broke a 1-1 tie with a 420-foot shot over the wall in

center field off Chris Seddon (0-1) in the sixth.

Asdrubal Cabrera had both Cleveland hits, including his 13th

homer, but the Indians had their two-game winning streak broken and

lost for the 12th time in 14 games.

”That’s the best I’ve seen a guy against us, and we’ve seen

some pretty good pitching this year,” Indians manager Manny Acta

said. ”We couldn’t do anything. He was way too good mixing his

pitches.”

Buchholz said he threw two types of changeups, a curve, and

spotted his fastball on both sides of the plate.

He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in five consecutive

starts, the longest streak by a Boston starter since Tim Wakefield

did it six times in a row in 2002. Buchholz didn’t get a decision

in three of those outings, however.

The right-hander gave up Cabrera’s one-out homer in the first

and an unearned run in the sixth. He struck out six, walked none,

and moved to 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 11 starts since May 27.

The Red Sox tied it at 1 with an unearned run in the fourth.

Mike Aviles drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a wild

pickoff throw by Seddon. Dustin Pedroia singled Aviles home.

The Indians twice robbed Jacoby Ellsbury of potential hits as

they preserved the 1-1 tie. In the fourth, left fielder Ezequiel

Carrera dove to his left to snag a line drive hit by Ellsbury in

the left-center gap. In the fifth, center fielder Michael Brantley

raced in and slid along his stomach to take away a potential bloop

hit.

Pedroia singled with one out in the sixth. One out later, Ross

connected for his 18th homer that made it 3-1.

”It was a slider,” Seddon said. ”I should have bounced it. I

didn’t bounce it and he hit it.”

Cleveland got an unearned run in the bottom half. Jason Donald

reached third as Boston made two errors on his leadoff grounder up

the middle. Pedroia got in front of the ball, which skipped off his

glove.

The shortstop Aviles tracked down the ball in short center, and

threw to first as Donald made a wide turn with the idea of trying

for second. He ended up walking to third when Aviles’ throw bounced

over the Boston dugout.

Donald scored on Carrera’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-2.

Seddon allowed five hits and two earned runs in six innings in

his second start since Cleveland purchased the left-hander’s

contract from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 5.

NOTES: Boston LHP Felix Doubront will miss his next start, and

RHP Aaron Cook will start Wednesday against Baltimore. Valentine

said Doubront’s velocity has been down, and he might be helped by

skipping a start. … OF Scott Podsednik, signed by Boston before

the game, started in left. He was traded to Arizona on July 31, but

was released after declining an assignment to the minors. … OF

Ryan Sweeney (broken hand) was moved to the 60-day disabled list to

make room for Podsednik on the 40-man roster. … Indians DH Travis

Hafner, on the DL with a bulging disc in his back, had an injection

to relieve inflammation. There is no timetable for his return. …

Cleveland released ex-Boston RHP Derek Lowe, who had been

designated for assignment on Aug. 2. … Valentine said DH David

Ortiz (sore heel) likely won’t be healthy enough to be activated

Sunday. … Red Sox RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (back) gave up two runs

over 4 2-3 innings in a rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket.