CLEVELAND -- Brent Lillibridge has bounced around between three American League teams this season, and he showed one of the old ones why they should have kept him.
Lillibridge had three hits, including a homer, driving in two and scoring twice to help the Cleveland Indians defeat the Red Sox with a 5-2 victory at Progressive Field.
Lillibridge tied a career high with seven total bases against a team with which he played only 10 games. He was involved in the deal with the White Sox that sent Kevin Youkilis from Boston to Chicago, and Cleveland acquired him shortly thereafter.
Zach McAllister (5-4) had arguably the best start of his short career for a team that desperately needs some solid starting pitching. McAllister, a mid- season replacement for a rotation that ranks 27th in ERA, lasted a career-high eight innings, allowing only three hits and two runs while striking four. He failed to issue a walk.
Chris Perez earned save No. 31 in the Indians' third win in four games following an 11-game skid.
Adrian Gonzalez had a two-run double for the Red Sox, who continue to slide down the standings with their eighth loss in 11 games. Franklin Morales (3-3) allowed only two hits in 5 1/3 innings, but four walks contributed to his yielding three runs to take the loss.
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