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Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:07 PM


The Associated Press


BOSTON — Cleveland closer Chris Perez felt a little stiff while warming up Sunday.

Despite experiencing shoulder discomfort the past couple of weeks, it wasn’t cause for concern.

“I haven’t pitched in a week or so,” Perez said, “so I didn’t think it was out of the ordinary.”

He was wrong.

Perez (2-1) was forced out by his arm with two outs and a 2-1 count on Jacoby Ellsbury. The Boston star followed with a 2-run double on Joe Smith’s first pitch, capping a 4-run, ninth-inning rally that lifted the Red Sox to a 6-5 win.

“I don’t want to leave that mound at all, especially with the game on the line like that and the team trying to cling to a win,” Perez said. “But you can’t pick when you’re going to get hurt and unfortunately right now it’s a little sore.”

Cleveland led 5-2 entering the ninth, when Perez (2-1) walked Dustin Pedroia leading off. David Ortiz doubled and Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit consecutive RBI groundouts.

Walks to Jonny Gomes and Jose Iglesias around Stephen Drew’s single loaded the bases. On his third pitch to Ellsbury, Perez felt a pinch in the shoulder. With manager Terry Francona watching at his side, Perez threw a warmup pitch that sailed past catcher Carlos Santana.

After a lengthy warmup, Smith jogged out from the right-field bullpen and surrendered Ellsbury’s double.

“That’s tough duty,” Francona said. “With a 2-1 count you got to throw a strike and he did. To Ellsbury’s credit, he put the wood on it and put the barrel on it and now we’ve got to go regroup.”

Perez admitted the pain wasn’t a complete surprise.

“I’ve been dealing with a little thing for the last couple of weeks but we stayed on top of it and it had been getting better,” he said. “But today it took a couple steps back.”

Boston won three of four against Cleveland, managed by Francona in his first series back at Fenway Park since leaving the Red Sox after the 2011 season. Francona led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

Craig Breslow (2-0) allowed one run and two hits in two innings. Red Sox starter Felix Doubront gave up four runs — two earned — and five hits in six innings with eight strikeouts.

Cleveland’s Corey Kluber gave up one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings. Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis hit solo homers for the Indians.

Santana’s 2-run single hit a 2-run single in the first after Ellsbury dropped Kipnis’ fly to center for an error.

Daniel Nava had an RBI single in the third after Stephen Drew snapped an 0-for-17 slide with a double. Kipnis homered off the Pesky Pole in right in the fifth and Swisher homered in the Green Monster seats in left leading off the sixth. Swisher’s sacrifice fly made it 5-1 in the eighth, and Iglesias had a sacrifice fly in the bottom half.

NOTES: Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (7-0, 1.73 ERA) was scratched from his scheduled start against Philadelphia tonight because of inflammation in the collarbone area. Tyler Cloyd (1-0, 2.70 ERA) starts for the visiting Phillies in the opener of a 2-game series. ... The Indians open a home-and-home series with the first of two in Cincinnati today. Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 6.04 ERA) is slated to face the Reds’ Mike Leake (4-2, 3.26 ERA). ... Cleveland’s Michael Bourn was called out by plate umpire Chris Guccione when his bunt attempt hit him while he appeared to be out of the batters’ box as he broke for first in the fifth inning. ... Red Sox manager John Farrell expects LHP Franklin Morales will be activated from the 15-day DL Tuesday. Morales strained his lower back in spring training. ... Cleveland 3B Mark Reynolds, moved over in a shifted infield, made a sliding play on Ortiz’s grounder behind the second-base bag in the fourth before getting up and throwing. ... Former Boston and Cleveland OF Trot Nixon was in the Monster seats.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Josh Hamilton started the Angels’ comeback when he homered leading off the seventh inning and Los Angeles beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Sunday for its eighth straight win.

The Angels were unable to get into their dugout until about 90 minutes before the game because bees swarmed into it. A beekeeper was summoned to solve the problem.

Jerome Williams (4-1) then allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings for the Angels, on their longest winning streak since taking eight straight from May 22-29 last year.

Kansas City has lost nine out of 10 and 16-of-20, dropping to 21-26. In only three of those 16 losses have the Royals scored more than three runs.

Los Angeles trailed 2-0 before Hamilton homered on the first pitch of the seventh from Wade Davis (3-4), giving the former AL MVP home runs in consecutive games for only the third time since signing with the Angels during the offseason.


HOUSTON — Bartolo Colon struck out a season-high nine in seven scoreless innings and the Athletics won their ninth straight against the Astros this season.

Oakland’s Nate Freiman, who was with the Astros in spring training as a Rule 5 selection, had a double and home run with three RBIs for the A’s.

Dating to 2007, Oakland has won 11 straight against Houston, tied for the third-longest winning streak against one team in A’s history.

Colon (5-2) won his second straight start, scattering nine hits two day after turning 40.

The Astros are 14-36 in their first year in the AL, their worst 50-game start in club history.

After leaving runners on third in two of the first three innings, Oakland sent nine batters to the plate in a 5-run fourth against Dallas Keuchel (1-2).


DETROIT — Max Scherzer pitched six solid innings to remain undefeated this season and Avisail Garcia broke the game open with a bases-loaded triple, leading the Tigers over the Twins.

Scherzer, who retired his last 22 batters in a win at Cleveland on Tuesday, allowed a run and three hits Sunday in improving to 7-0. He struck out six and walked three.

Torii Hunter homered for the Tigers and Prince Fielder drove in a run with a fourth-inning double. Garcia, pinch-hitting in the sixth, cleared the bases to make it 6-1.

Mike Pelfrey (3-5) allowed five runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Minnesota has lost 11 out of 12.


TORONTO — Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-ending 2-run double in a 4-run ninth inning, lifting the Blue Jays to a victory over the Orioles.

Trailing 5-2 to begin the ninth against Orioles closer Jim Johnson (2-5), the Blue Jays got a leadoff double from Edwin Encarnacion, a single from Adam Lind and an RBI single by J.P. Arencibia.

Brett Lawrie flied out and Anthony Gose walked to load the bases for Mark DeRosa, who made it 5-4 with a fielder’s choice.

That brought up Kawasaki, who lined a double up the alley in left-center, scoring Arencibia and DeRosa from first with the winning run.

The blown save was Johnson’s fourth of the season and fourth in five chances.

Steve Delabar (4-1) got the win despite allowing Matt Wieters’ two-run double in the ninth.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning and led the Rays to a win that extended CC Sabathia’s winless streak to five, one short of his career high.

Cobb (6-2) lost his shutout bid when Brett Gardner homered leading off the ninth and he wound up allowing two runs and five hits in 8 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts.

Sabathia (4-4) dropped to 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA since he beat Toronto on April 27. He allowed seven runs and seven hits in seven innings and is 10-11 in 31 starts against the Rays, including a 3-10 mark since joining the Yankees. His overall ERA is 3.96.

Sabathia’s career-high streak for consecutive winless starts is six, from July 3-Aug. 1, 2002, and March 31-April 27, 2003, according to STATS.


SEATTLE — Jason Bay hit a 2-out RBI single in the 13th inning, lifting the Mariners to a victory over Texas that snapped an 8-game skid.

Bay came through after he was robbed of a game-winning homer in the 11, when David Murphy leaped above the fence in left-center field to catch Bay’s drive.

Raul Ibanez tied it at 3 earlier in the 11th with a home run. A.J. Pierzynski had given Texas a 3-2 lead in the top half with a pinch-hit RBI single off Oliver Perez.

Yoervis Medina (1-0) worked out a jam in the top of the 13th.

Michael Kirkman (0-1) was the loser.




CHICAGO — Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios each threw out a runner at the plate and the White Sox beat Alex Sanabia and Marlins to sweep their weekend series.

The White Sox have won five out of six and 9-of-12 to climb back to .500 for the first time since they were 4-4 on April 10. Dylan Axelrod (3-3) benefited from a 2-run homer by Adam Dunn and a tie-breaking 2-run double from Alejandro De Aza to pick up his third consecutive victory.

Sanabia (3-7) pitched into the seventh inning against the Phillies to end a personal 5-game losing streak. But he was unable to sustain that success against Chicago (24-24).


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