Red Sox 4, Indians 1: Quick Reaction

BOSTON, MA - MAY 12: Felix Doubront #61 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with Adrian Gonzalez #28 after a defensive play against the Cleveland Indians in the sixth inning at Fenway Park May 12, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

This was a comfortable win.

Not in that the Sox had a ridiculous offensive night and cruised to a blowout, or toyed with a perfect game, but in that they grabbed a few early runs, played solid baseball all night long, and finished the game without ever really seeming to be in danger.

The worst that it got was in the sixth, when Felix Doubront gave up a leadoff double, and let the tying run come to the plate when he was late covering first on Jason Kipnis' RBI single. He would get a pop up from Asdrubal Cabrera and a ground ball from Carlos Santana to end the inning nice-and-easy, however.

On the whole, Doubront was very good tonight. He took advantage of a lenient strike zone by painting corners, avoided hard contact for the most part, and finished six innings of work. Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla, and Alfredo Aceves finished things with three clean innings to keep the game squarely in Boston's pocket.

The offense came primarily in the third and fourth innings, the Sox figuring out Zach McAllister the second time through the lineup. Doubles from Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz led to two runs in the third, and Mike Aviles added to the tally with a sacrifice fly in a fourth inning that could have been a lot bigger were it not for two lineouts and a nice ranging play from Kipnis up the middle.

From there things went quiet for Boston but for a Cody Ross homer in the sixth, which pushed the lead back up to three immediately after the Indians had cut it to two.

A nice, quiet win for a team that really needed one. They'll look to make it three-in-a-row tomorrow.

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