Red Sox get season-high in runs, top Indians 10-3

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BOSTON (AP) - Boston returned home to Fenway Park and left its hitting slump on the road.

The Red Sox scored a season-high in runs in a 10-3 victory over Cleveland on Friday night, one day after beating the Indians 5-2.

Not bad for a team that had totaled just one run at Baltimore in the last three games of its road trip.

“The thing that stands out is we answered every time they scored,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “That’s two nights in a row now and that’s very encouraging.”

A.J. Pierzynski, Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia hit two-run doubles, Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer and John Lackey (8-4) allowed three runs or less for the ninth time in his last 10 starts.

“Tonight was more about the offense more than anything,” Lackey said. “The guys really swung the bats great, made a couple of great defensive plays for me, just a good team win.”

The Red Sox (31-36) entered the game with the fourth-lowest batting average in the AL and have been on a roller coaster ride, losing 10 straight, winning seven in a row and then losing five consecutive games before winning four of their last six.

“We’ve been able to ride some of the peaks and valleys here,” Farrell said, “but there’s a number of guys that are relaxed in the (batter’s) box right now.”

Cleveland is on its own streak, losing four straight.

Justin Masterson (4-5) had his shortest stint of the season - two innings plus two walks in the third - 11 days after he had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings against Boston and beat Lackey 3-2. He walked the first two batters in the second.

“I walked two guys on like eight pitches,” Masterson said. “It’s 3-3 at the time and it’s still a ball game. (Manager Terry Francona) doesn’t see any positive adjustment coming out of me. Why wouldn’t he take me out?”

With a light rain falling, Lackey struggled early when he allowed three runs and six hits in three innings.

“I heard some places have summer,” Lackey joked. “That’s the rumor.”

But he gave up just one hit in his next 3 2-3 scoreless innings before being replaced by Andrew Miller.

The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the second on Carlos Santana’s eighth homer after a single by David Murphy.

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