CLEVELAND — Asdrubal Cabrera had no trouble figuring out Boston’s starting pitcher Clay Buchholz. He was the only one wearing an Indians uniform who could say that.
With Cabrera managing the only two hits of the night Friday, Cleveland dropped a 3-2 decision to the Red Sox as Buchholz tossed a complete game, walking none and striking out six.
It was the second complete game of the season (fifth career) for Buchholz, who became just the seventh pitcher in history to toss a complete game at Jacobs/Progressive Field, while holding the Indians to two hits or fewer.
“That’s the best I’ve seen a guy against us, and we’ve seen some pretty good pitchers,” said Cleveland manager Manny Acta, whose team entered the night riding a two-game winning streak, but have dropped 12 of its last 14 games. “This guy, we couldn’t do anything. He was way too good. The night belonged to Buchholz.”
Buchholz (10-3, 4.24 ERA) surrendered a solo home run to Cabrera in the opening inning, with the Indians scoring their final run in the sixth on Ezequiel Carrera’s sacrifice fly.
From that point on, Buchholz retired the final 11 hitters he faced.
“He almost had you looking for a pitch you didn’t want to hit,” said Cleveland third baseman Jack Hannahan, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. “He was locating his fastball and he had a good cutter. He was keeping us off balance.”
Cabrera also added a double to lead off the fourth, but was only able to advance to third after Buchholz retired the next three hitters.
“Those were the only two pitches he missed,” Cabrera said of his homer and double.
The Indians, who ended their 11-game losing streak thanks to a positive performance from starter Justin Masterson on Wednesday, got another one from left-hander Chris Seddon.
Seddon shook off a rough outing in his first start of the season Sunday to deliver a solid six-inning effort this time around, allowing two earned runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked two.
“I was down in the zone this time,” Seddon said. “I was able to put pitches where I wanted to more.”
“Seddon did a good job,” Acta said. “He kept us in the game.”
Boston tied the game at 4 in the fourth on a RBI single from Dustin Pedroia before Cody Ross drove in the winning runs on a two-run homer to dead center with two outs in the sixth inning.
That’s all Buchholz needed.
“It was a slider,” Seddon said of the 2-1 pitch to Ross. “I should have bounced it in the dirt. I didn’t bounce it in the dirt and he hit it.”
With Roberto Hernandez set to join Cleveland’s rotation, Seddon is expected to lose his spot in the rotation and on the 25-man roster.
Indians reliever Cody Allen didn’t allow a run over 1⅓ innings, extending his scoreless innings streak to 10⅓. It is the longest scoreless streak to begin a career with the Indians since Alex Herrera strung together 11 from Sept. 13, 2002, to July 13, 2003. Allen’s streak is the longest in the same season since Tom Waddell in 1984.
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• WHO: Cleveland vs. Boston
• TIME: 6:05
• WHERE: Progressive Field
• PITCHERS: McAllister (4-4, 3.60 ERA) vs. Morales (3-2, 3.14)
• TV/RADIO: SportsTime Ohio; WEOL 930-AM, WTAM 1100-AM