Boston Red Sox were halted in their quest to make MLB history by former player Justin Masterson after he completed a seven innings shutout in Cleveland Indians’ 3-2 win at Progressive Field.
The Red Sox had won seven games in a row after coming off a double-digit losing streak. If the men from Boston had notched up an eighth victory, it would have set a new outright record for longest winning streak after a 10+ losing streak, a record which has stood for 25 years.
The record remains intact leaving the defending World Series champions tied on seven along with the Detroit Tigers from October 1989 and the Pittsburgh Pirates from June 1942.
Masterson, a Red Sox player between 2008-09, ended their winning run with a fantastic pitching display. The 29-year-old notched up figures of three hits, no runs and 10 strikeouts in seven innings.
The pitcher also threw an immaculate innings in the fourth, when he struck out Jonny Gomes, Grady Sizemore and Stephen Drew in nine pitches. Materson’s became only the third pitcher to achieve the feat this season.
Masterson’s opposite number John Lackey also pitched a good game but was left a loser after conceding three runs in eight innings pitched.
Lackey started badly which proved decisive after Cleveland’s Lonnie Chisenhall scored a two-out two-run single.
Despite only conceding one more run in the third, Michael Bourn hit a triple and scored on an RBI single by Asdrubal Cabrera, it wasn't to be the Red Sox’s night to make history.
Xander Bogaerts created an exciting finale to the game by pulling the score back to 3-2 in the eighth. A massive two-run homer to right-centre off reliever Bryan Shaw got both benches twitching but it proved too little too late as the Indians held out in the ninth.
The win lifted Cleveland's season record to 28-30 and are now on an encouraging four game-winning streak. The Red Sox slipped to 27-30 and fell 6.5 games behind Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East division.
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