The Cleveland Indians eye a third straight win tonight when they continue a four-game set with the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field.
On the heels of an 11-game losing streak, the Indians have won their last two following a win in Thursday's series opener, as Michael Brantley capped a three-run fifth inning with a sacrifice fly, helping the Indians to a 5-3 win.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana added an RBI apiece in the fifth for the Indians, while Jason Donald hit a homer and knocked in two runs.
"Coming up here," said Donald, who was promoted from Triple-A before the game, "I just want to be as aggressive as I possibly can."
Ubaldo Jimenez (9-11), who had lost his previous four decisions, gave up three runs on eight hits over six-plus innings to pick up the win. He struck out 10 and walked one.
"Great job by Ubaldo," manager Manny Acta said. "That's the most aggressive I've seen him here with his fastball and probably the best command of his fastball that he has shown so far. He was just dotting it to both sides of the plate."
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who were coming off a 4-6 homestand. Dustin Pedroia had an RBI.
Boston starter Felix Doubront (10-6) allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Getting the call for the Tribe tonight will be Chris Seddon, who will be making his second start of the season. Seddon did not get a decision in his start on Sunday in Detroit, but allowed four runs in 4 1/3 frames of a 10-8 loss.
"I wish I could've kept us in it a little better," said Seddon. "I was a little up in the zone, but that's something I can improve on next time."
He is 1-0 in three games against the Red Sox, but this will be his first-ever start against them.
Boston, meanwhile, will counter with righty Clay Buchholz, who is 9-3 with a 4.48 ERA. Buchholz was terrific against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, as he gave up just an unearned run in seven innings. However, he did not factor in the decision of his team's 6-4 loss.
Over his last four starts, the 27-year-old has a 1.20 ERA, but only one win to show for it.
Buchholz beat the Indians the last time he faced them and is 1-1 lifetime against them with a 5.32 ERA in four starts.
Boston took three of four from the Tribe earlier in the year and has beaten them in five of the last eight meetings.
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