After Josh Tomlin shut the Sox down in the first, Michael Brantley led off the Tribe half with a double. Asdrubal Cabrera failed to move Brantley over, then a long fly from Shin-Soo Choo moved Brantley to third, where he was stranded on another long out from Carlos Santana.
After the first two Sox were retired in the second and Tomlin jumped ahead of David Ortiz 0-2, Ortiz fought back for a walk, J.D. Drew doubled and Jarrod Saltalamacchia scored Ortiz with a single to right. Drew was cut down at the plate trying to score on the hit, minimizing the damage.
In the Cleveland third, Brantley walked with two outs, then went to third on catcher Saltalamacchia’s throwing error. Asdrubal Cabrera walked and stole second, but Choo stranded both runners with a strikeout to end the frame.
Tomlin, besides his troubles in the second, has been impressive, limiting the Sox to two hits through three frames on 44 pitches.