The Indians beat the Red Sox 2-1 on Monday, handing Boston its first four-game losing streak since July 30-Aug. 2 of last season.
The Red Sox have managed just 10 runs during their slide, which came on the heels of a six-game winning streak, which included a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees.
“Anytime this team loses four in a row,” Boston center fielder Johnny Damon said, “there is something terribly wrong.”
Red Sox starter Curt Schilling allowed a two-run home run to the Indians’ Victor Martinez in the first inning Monday, and Boston, which is 0-4 in May for the first time since 1988, was never able to make up the deficit. The Red Sox stranded 13 runners.
“I was rounding the bases,” Martinez said, “and I thought, Oh, my God, I just hit a home run off Curt Schilling.”
Promising young hurler Lee will look to shut down Boston’s potent offense again and continue his impressive start.
Unbeaten in five starts this season, Lee allowed just one earned run and five hits in seven innings of Friday’s 11-2 win over Baltimore.
“It went good,” said Lee, who has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his outings this season. “I finally got to see the seventh inning. I threw more strikes; I got more outs.”
The 25-year-old left-hander went 3-3 with a 3.61 ERA in nine starts for Cleveland last season. He was on the disabled list and in the minors until the final six weeks of the season because of a lower abdominal strain and a hernia.
The Red Sox will turn to right-hander Derek Lowe, who on Thursday picked up his third win of the season in a 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay. Lowe allowed three runs—one earned—and nine hits in seven innings.
Lowe has gotten 7.8 runs of support from his offense in his first four starts.
“Yeah, they take care of me pretty good it seems like, when I’m out there,” said Lowe, who led the majors in run support last season. “These are team wins.”
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