Series: Game 3 of 4

Boston leads 2-1 (as of 5/12)

Game 1: Thursday, May 10
Game 2: Friday, May 11
Game 3: Saturday, May 12
Game 4: Sunday, May 13

Indians 1

(18-15, 10-5 away)

Red Sox 4

(14-19, 6-11 home)

    Coverage:  NESN

    7:10 PM ET, May 12, 2012

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    BOS 00210100 - 4 8 0

    W: F. Doubront (3-1)

    L: Z. McAllister (1-1)

    S: A. Aceves (7)

    Indians-Red Sox Preview


    The Boston Red Sox are finally in the win column at Fenway Park in May.

    Posting consecutive victories could be another matter.

    The Red Sox go for their first back-to-back wins this month and their first consecutive triumphs at home since mid-April when they play the third of four games against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

    Boston (13-19) had dropped three straight overall and all six of its home games in May before breaking through to beat AL Central-leading Cleveland (18-14) 7-5 on Friday night. Dustin Pedroia had three hits and three RBIs, and Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run double to back 6 1/3 innings of work from Clay Buchholz, who allowed four runs but earned the win by giving the Red Sox only their third quality start of the month.

    "It's obviously been tough for us, but it's good to get back in the win column and get something going," outfielder Cody Ross said. "There is a sense of urgency to play like we're capable of."

    Boston's last win and last quality start prior to Friday both came from Felix Doubront (2-1, 5.01 ERA), who will get the ball Saturday attempting to lead the Red Sox to their first back-to-back victories since a six-game streak April 23-28. All of that streak occurred away from Fenway, where they haven't posted consecutive wins since taking their first three home games of the season against Tampa Bay from April 13-15.

    Despite having the least major league experience of the pitchers in Boston's rotation, Doubront has been possibly the most consistent of the bunch, allowing three earned runs or fewer in four of his six outings. The 24-year-old left-hander, who has never faced the Indians, gave up five runs -- three earned -- in 6 1/3 innings of Monday's 11-5 victory at Kansas City.

    Doubront will be opposed by Josh Tomlin (1-2, 4.67), who has limited opponents to five runs in 13 1/3 innings over his last two outings. The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings Monday while striking out a career-high eight, but failed to get a decision in Cleveland's 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

    Tomlin is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three career starts versus the Red Sox.

    Boston designated hitter David Ortiz, who left Friday's game with a sore left heel, may not be in any hurry to get back into the lineup Saturday. He's 0 for 8 with a strikeout against Tomlin. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, meanwhile, is 3 for 4 with a homer and a double.

    Cleveland has dropped three of four following a 6-1 stretch and is trying to avoid its first back-to-back losses of the season on the road, where it is a major league-best 10-4.

    The Indians are 4-7 when facing a left-handed starter, compared with a 14-7 mark against righties.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L8
    Last 106-41-9

    Pitching Matchup

    Z. McAllister
    6-8, 4.24 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/30 vs KC
    6.2 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Win
    F. Doubront
    11-10, 4.86 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 at BAL
    7.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    1. M. Brantley, CF R. Sweeney, CF
    2. J. Kipnis, 2B D. Pedroia, 2B
    3. A. Cabrera, SS D. Ortiz, DH
    4. C. Santana, 1B A. Gonzalez, 1B
    5. T. Hafner, DH W. Middlebrooks, 3B
    6. S. Choo, RF D. Nava, LF
    7. S. Duncan, LF C. Ross, RF
    8. J. Hannahan, 3B J. Saltalamacchia, C
    9. L. Marson, C M. Aviles, SS

    Research Notes

    Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is 14-for-41 (.341 BA) against lefties. He is the only Indians hitter with a batting average above .300 against LHP.

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