Justin Masterson did not start strongly, loading the bases in the first inning and walking four hitters in the first three frames. It was like Masty switched places with a body double after that, as he struck out the side on just nine pitches in inning number four while in the midst of a run of 25 consecutive strikes. Overall, Masterson posted a dominant, ace-quality stat line of 7 innings pitched, 3 hits, and 10 strikeouts. He did walk four batters, but those four walks did no damage.
John Lackey was no slouch himself, as he threw just 96 pitches over eight innings. He gave up three runs in the first three innings, but settled down to pitch five more innings without allowing a run. In the first inning, Lonnie Chisenhall hit a 2 RBI single to left before Asdrubal Cabrera added an RBI single in the third.
Brian Shaw relieved Masterson in the 8th inning, allowing a 2 run homer to Xander Bogaerts. In his season debut, Stephen Drew finished 0-2 with a walk. Grady Sizemore made his return to Progressive Field, playing in Cleveland for the first time since 2011. Sizemore finished 0-4 with two strikeouts in the loss.
Michael Bourn added two hits from the leadoff spot and David Murphy was 3-3 in the win. The Tribe extended their winning streak to four games and seven in a row at home (19-11 overall; best in AL) while the Red Sox had their own seven game win streak snapped. Masterson improved to 3-4, Lackey fell to 6-4, and Cody Allen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
Also, if you haven’t yet, go and listen to the new It’s Pronounced Podcast, recorded earlier today.