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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.


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.



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