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Turnabout is fair play: Tribe routs Red Sox, 7-0



Published: Tue, June 28, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Pitcher Kevin Millwood helped Cleveland snap Boston's seven-game winning streak.

BOSTON (AP) -- It wasn't that long ago that the Boston Red Sox swept into Cleveland and swatted away the hottest team in baseball.

On Monday night, the Indians had their answer.

Kevin Millwood pitched six innings of three-hit ball, and Travis Hafner had three extra-base hits to give Cleveland a 7-0 victory and snap Boston's seven-game winning streak.

It was the second shutout in three home games for the Red Sox after 116 games at Fenway without one.

"Everyone in here knows they swept us when we were playing some of our best ball," said center fielder Grady Sizemore, who hit a two-run homer. "We wanted to come in here and repay the favor."

The Red Sox swept the Indians last week and Millwood (3-5) was one reason why. He allowed five earned runs in six innings last Tuesday, a day after Boston ended Cleveland's nine-game winning streak.

But with the Red Sox coming into the game with 12 wins in 13 tries, Millwood walked two and struck out six. Bobby Howry pitched two perfect innings and Scott Sauerbeck one to complete the three-hit shutout.

"Those guys pretty much shut us down the last time they faced us," Millwood said. "You go out there thinking you have hardly any room for error. Any time you face that lineup, you really can't take a breather."

Hot at home

The Red Sox went 6-0 on a trip to Cleveland and Philadelphia before returning to the ballpark where, before Monday's loss, their 22-10 home record was the best in the AL.

But Bronson Arroyo (6-4) gave up seven runs -- five earned -- on six hits and three walks and a hit batter, striking out four in 62/3 innings.

Hafner hit the first of his two doubles in the fourth as Cleveland scored three times, thanks in part to Mark Bellhorn's error on a possible double play.

Hafner added a solo homer in the seventh, one out after Sizemore's two-run shot bounced off Trot Nixon's glove and over the wall.

"When stuff like that happens to Trot, I don't go ask him. He'll wring somebody's neck," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "It was just one of those freak plays. I'm sure once the anger wears off, some of the guys will get on him. But probably not tonight."

Arroyo walked the bases loaded after Hafner doubled in the fourth, then Ronnie Belliard hit a sharp grounder to third base. But Bill Mueller's throw to Bellhorn went off the second baseman's glove and Hafner scored when it trickled into center field.

Ben Broussard advanced to third on the error and scored on a groundout to first to make it 3-0. Arroyo hit Red Sox nemesis Aaron Boone on the hand before getting Jhonny Peralta to pop up to the shortstop and end the inning.

Insurance runs

Cleveland added another run in the fifth when Coco Crisp singled and scored on Hafner's double.

In the seventh, Arroyo walked Peralta with one out and then Sizemore hit a long fly off the tip of Nixon's glove and over the short wall of the Indians' bullpen. Nixon slammed his glove against the fence in frustration.

One out later, Hafner hit one 15 rows back in the right-field stands. And that was it for Arroyo.

Millwood coasted, allowing just one baserunner to reach third when Johnny Damon hit a broken-bat single to lead off the first, stole second and took third on a fly ball. Boston had three stolen bases -- its most since last July 11 -- but couldn't muster any offense.




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