- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Justin Masterson understood when Cleveland manager Terry Francona lifted him with no outs in the third.

He had just walked the first two batters for the second straight inning.

“I walked two guys on like eight pitches,” Masterson said after his shortest outing of the year. “It’s 3-3 at the time and it’s still a ball game. He doesn’t see any positive adjustment coming out of me. Why wouldn’t he take me out?”

Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia scored after walking in the third, giving the Boston Red Sox a 5-3 lead on their way to a 10-3 win over the Indians on Friday night.

Masterson “didn’t look real crisp and he wasn’t commanding and they had the middle of the order coming up,” Francona said. “I wanted to try and stop it right there and give us a chance to win.”

Instead, reliever Kyle Crockett allowed a go-ahead two-run double to Mike Napoli and the Red Sox led the rest of the way.

“I put the bullpen in a bad spot,” Masterson (4-5) said. “They had to come in way too early than they are supposed to come in.”

The Red Sox scored a season-high in runs one day after beating the Indians 5-2. Those wins followed a three-game trip to Baltimore in which they totaled just one run.

“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.”

Napoli, Pedroia and A.J. Pierzynski hit two-run doubles, 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,” said Lackey, who allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. “The guys really swung the bats great, made a couple of great defensive plays for me.”

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 in a row.

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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