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For a moment, it looked as if the Red Sox could overcome Jake Peavy's rocky first inning.
That moment came and went quickly, however, as the Cleveland Indians scored two runs in the seventh, sending Boston to a 5-3 loss Tuesday night.
Peavy allowed three runs on five straight hits in the first, but then dominated the Indians, retiring 14 batters in a row at one point. His teammates rallied, scoring in the third, sixth and seventh to tie the game, but Michael Bourn's two-run double in the seventh sent the Red Sox to their second straight loss after winning seven in a row.
"I don't know if I've ever started a game with five straight hits," Peavy (1-3) said. "Tonight was a grind. They go up three before you get an out."
Peavy, seeking his first win since April 25, allowed five runs in 6 1-3 innings. With the game tied 3-all, he started the seventh by walking David Murphy and giving up a single to Yan Gomes. Mike Aviles tried to sacrifice them over, but bunted it right to Peavy, who threw out Murphy at third.
Left-hander Andrew Miller came in to face the left-swinging Bourn, who doubled over Jonny Gomes' head in left field.
"It could have been as gratifying a start as I had all year and then it goes to how you feel now in a hurry," Peavy said.
Boston manager John Farrell didn't give a second thought to sending Peavy out for the seventh.
"We were in the bottom of the order, right-handers coming," Farrell said. "He was at 94 pitches I believe, had been settled into a very good rhythm. Made a number of good pitches throughout the middle innings. He was still in good shape, I thought."
The Red Sox's inconsistency continued. Their winning streak followed a 10-game losing streak and they're now 27-31.
Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall had RBI hits in the first inning for the Cleveland.
Peavy was likely glad to see the calendar shift to June. He was 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in six May starts.
Boston got on the board in the third on a solo home run to the left field bleachers from Xander Bogaerts, his fifth of the season. Bogaerts finished 2 for 4 and is now 19 for his last 47 (.404).
"He's in a good place offensively," Farrell said. "He's balanced, extra base power pretty consistently. He's playing very well."
The Red Sox cut the deficit to 3-2 in the sixth on an RBI single from Jonathan Herrera. In the seventh, consecutive doubles from Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia tied the game.
Nick Hagadone (1-0), called up from Triple-A Columbus on Monday, struck out A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Hassan with two on to end the inning.
Hagadone struck out three in 1 1-3 innings. Cody Allen recorded the final four outs for his fifth save, striking out former Indians All-Star Grady Sizemore to end the game. Allen also retired Sizemore to end Monday's game.
Cleveland starter T.J. House allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Before the game, Boston received news that Brandon Workman was suspended six games and fined by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing a pitch near the head of Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria during a game last week.
Workman appealed the six-game suspension and can play until the appeal process is complete, and is expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday night in the series finale.
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