RED SOX NOTES (30-36)
THE RED SOX earned their 6th straight win at home with a 5-2 victory, the club’s longest home winning streak of the season and longest overall since also winning 6 straight at Fenway from 4/24-5/6/13.
· Boston has won 7 of its last 8 games against the Indians at Fenway Park, outscoring the Tribe 52-31.
JON LESTER earned the 107th win of his career, moving him into sole possession of 9th place on the Red Sox’ all-time list…Lester held the Indians to 2 runs (1 ER) on 8 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts over 7.2 innings…He retired 10 of the 1st 11 batters he faced, allowing only a 3rd-inning single to Yan Gomes in that stretch.
· Over his last 2 home starts, Lester has allowed only 1 earned run in 14.2 innings (0.61 ERA).
· Tonight marked his 8th start this year of at least 7.0 innings, the most on the club.
DAVID ORTIZ belted his 15th home run of the season, a 3-run shot in the 5th inning…It was the 446th home run of his career, moving him within 3 homers of Vladimir Guerrero and Jeff Bagwell (449 each) for 37th on MLB’s all-time HR list…Each of Ortiz’s last 3 home runs have given the Red Sox a lead.
· He joined Albert Pujols as the only players with at least 15 home runs in all 14 seasons from 2001-14.
· Ortiz now has at least 15 homers in all 12 years with Boston (2003-14), tying Dwight Evans (1978-89) and Jim Rice (1975-86) for the club record streak.
DANIEL NAVA, 3-for-4, collected his 2nd 3-hit game of the season and 2nd multi-hit performance in his last 5 games…He has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 starts and is 9-for-22 (.409) over his last 7 contests overall…He improved to hitting .442 (19-for-43) with 5 doubles, 11 RBI, and 9 runs in 14 career games against the Indians.
BROCK HOLT went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI tonight and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games beginning on 5/31 (.389, 21-for-54)…He has reached base in 19 of 21 games hitting leadoff this season and 28 of 32 games overall, posting a .373 OBP.
MIKE NAPOLI has reached base in all 25 of his games with a plate appearance at Fenway Park this season, going 29-for-92 (.315) in those contests…It marks the longest active on-base streak in home games in the AL this season.
JONATHAN HERRERA tripled in the 6th inning, the 8th 3-bagger of his career, and his 1st since 6/25/13 when he did it with the Rockies also at Fenway Park.
KOJI UEHARA tossed a perfect 9th inning to collect his 14th save this season in as many chances…He has not allowed a run in his last 18.0 IP and has converted each of his last 30 regular-season save opportunities dating back to 7/9/13, the longest active streak in MLB.
JACKIE BRADLEY, JR. recorded his 6th outfield assist of the season tonight, the most by a Red Sox rookie since Bob Zupcic had 11 in 1992…Bradley went 1-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs, and his team-high tying 5th stolen base of the year (also Sizemore).
GRADY SIZEMORE broke out of a 3-for-23 skid with an RBI double in the 1st inning…It marked his 1st career hit against his former club.
INDIANS NOTES (33-34)
THE INDIANS dropped their 3rd consecutive game, the 5th losing streak of at least 3 games this season for the Tribe…They fell to 6-26 on the season when scoring 3 or fewer runs…Tonight marked CLE’s 2nd straight game collecting less than 10 hits after a streak of 7 consecutive games with at least 10 hits from 6/3-10.
JOSH TOMLIN lasted 5.2 innings, surrendering 4 runs (3 ER) on 9 hits and 2 walks…He punched out 3 batters while tossing 107 pitches (73 strikes).
· Tomlin’s 107 pitches were a season-high and his most in a game since throwing 109 on 5/27/11 at TB.
MICHAEL BRANTLEY went 2-for-4 and has now hit safely in 24 of his last 27 games at .361 (39-for-108)…He has recorded a hit in 53 of his 65 games overall this season, 3rd most games in the majors leagues.
· Brantley recorded his 7th outfield assist of the season in the 5th inning, throwing out Mike Napoli at 2nd base.
JASON KIPNIS extended his season-long hit streak to 10 games with a 2-hit performance tonight…He is hitting .333 (14-for-42) over that stretch.
YAN GOMES collected 2 hits, going 2-for-4…It marked his 16th multi-hit game this season as a catcher, most such performances this year in the AL.