Indians center fielder Michael Bourn delivered his second game-winning hit in three nights Tuesday.
For the second time on this home stand, Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn came up with the game-winning hit.
Two days after hitting a two-run walk-off home run to complete the sweep of the hot-hitting Colorado Rockies team, Bourn belted a fastball from relief pitcher Andrew Miller off the wall for a two-run double that drove in Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes in the Indians' 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox (27-31).
"I just tried to see the ball and hit it, see the ball on the plate and try to put a good swing on it," Bourn told Sportstime Ohio after the game. "I was able to do that. I think the ball got up into the wind a little bit. I think it carried a little bit. They were playing a bit shallow, so I was able to get it over their heads and gave us two runs. Then, Cody (Allen) came in for the four-out save."
Bourn went two for four with those two RBI, and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, including five multi-hit contests.
"Bourney had a really good at-bat," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That's not a fun lefty to face from the left side. I think he feels good about himself. I think he understands the impact that he can have on our team, and I think he is enjoying it immensely."
Early in the victory, the Indians (29-30) got to Boston starter Jake Peavy. The first four batters reached base, and three of them came around to score as the Tribe plated three runs in their first at-bat.
Peavy allowed five runs and eight hits over just 6.1 innings of work.
"You want to try and get to a pitcher like that early," Bourn said. "As you can see, when he settled in, he was hard to get to. He had some good stuff, and we just tried to scrap. We were able to get to him early in the first and we were successful.
"We had good pitching by T.J. House, and that always keeps you in the game. Our bullpen came in and held it down. We gave them the lead, and they gave up a couple runs, but that happens. They kept fighting and we were able to come up with the W."
Francona added, "It's two games, a small sample size, but it's a heck of a lot easier to play that way, that's for darn sure. Regardless of whether we score first, last, we've got to play. Playing with the lead is a lot better. You can be more aggressive on the bases. You can do some things that when you're behind, you can't."