Justin Masterson may be ready to command the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation once again as the Tribe beat Boston 3-2.
Masterson threw an astonishing 25 strikes in row from the third through sixth innings en route to seven scoreless innings. Cleveland has won four in a row and is two games below .500.
Ironically, Masterson was having control problems before the streak, as he walked four batters in the first three innings. He struck out 10 batters in seven shutout innings.
Lonnie Chisenhall staked Masterson to an early lead with a two-run single in the first inning. Asdrubal Cabrera extended the lead to 3-0 with an RBI single in the third.
Boston third baseman Xander Bogaerts slammed a two-run home run off Bryan Shaw in the eighth inning. However, Marc Rzepczynski got out the inning, and Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
T.J. House will pitch tonight for Cleveland against the Red Sox' Jake Peavy.
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