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Thursday, April 30, 2009Van Every's homer caps BoSox comeback win over TribeCleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Jonathan Van Every picked the perfect time for his first career home run, as his solo shot in the 10th capped Boston's string of six unanswered runs and helped the Red Sox defeat the Indians, 6-5, for their sixth straight series win over Cleveland.

Down, 5-0, entering the sixth, the Red Sox scored two in the frame, then three in the eighth to tie the game.

Van Every's homer, his second hit of the game, off Jensen Lewis (2-3) proved to be the game-winner.

"It feels good." Van Every said of the homer against the team with which he came up through the minors.

"It'd be hard to script it any better.

It was definitely a good feeling, and it couldn't come at a better time." Boston has not dropped a series to the Indians since April 25-27, 2006.

The Red Sox have also defeated Cleveland once in a postseason series during that span, topping the Tribe in seven games in the 2007 ALCS.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 in the contest for the Red Sox, who have won 12 of their last 13 games.

Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek each had a pair of hits and an RBI for Boston.

Jon Lester started and lasted six innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks.

He struck out seven and didn't factor into the decision.

Hideki Okajima (2-0) earned the win after pitching a scoreless ninth, and Jonathan Papelbon got his sixth save for pitching the 10th.

Mark DeRosa and Kelly Shoppach each homered for the Indians, who have lost four of six and continue to remain in the cellar of the AL Central.

Fausto Carmona turned in his best start of the season thus far, giving up only two runs on five hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Ryan Garko and Asdrubal Cabrera both had two hits for Cleveland.

Down by three in the eighth, the Red Sox rallied to tie the game off the Indians bullpen.

With Rafael Betancourt pitching, Lowell and Varitek hit consecutive one-out singles.

Jeff Bailey hit a hard grounder to DeRosa at third, and he couldn't handle it, loading the bases with one out.

Van Every followed with a single through the right side to make it a 5-3 game, and Lewis was brought in to pitch out of the jam.

He was unable to hold the lead, as pinch hitter J.D.

Drew grounded into an RBI fielder's choice and Ellsbury slapped an RBI single up the middle to tie the game, 5-5.

Manny Delcarmen pitched the eighth for Boston and, with two outs, walked DeRosa and Ben Francisco before hitting Shoppach with a pitch to load the bases.

Grady Sizemore couldn't put the Indians ahead, lining out to right to end the inning.

"The team played well today, fought hard this series," Sizemore said.

"I came up with some big opportunities and wasn't able to come through.

We got to bounce back.

This was a tough series, some good-fought games, but you want to be on the winning end, not the losing end." After getting through the ninth without allowing a run, Lewis couldn't escape the 10th unscathed, giving up a two-out solo homer to Van Every, and the Red Sox took their first lead, 6-5.

Papelbon worked around a one-out walk to Francisco to finish off the comeback victory.

The Indians got on the board in the first.

Cabrera hit a one-out single and scored on Victor Martinez's triple off the wall in center field.

Shin-Soo Choo made it 2-0 on a sacrifice fly to score Martinez.

Boston loaded the bases in the second on a pair of walks and a hit batsman, but Carmona struck out Ellsbury to end the threat.

DeRosa extended Cleveland's lead to 3-0 leading off the second, blasting a homer over the wall in left.

Shoppach added two more runs with a homer to right-center field in the fourth.

After retiring 12 straight batters, Carmona got into a jam, issuing a two-out walk in the sixth to Bay.

He became the first Boston run, as Lowell ripped an RBI double down the left field line to cut the deficit to four, 5-1.

Varitek followed with another double to the gap in left-center field to plate another run.

Game Notes Lowell extended his hitting streak to 13 games...Varitek moved into 10th place all-time on the Red Sox career doubles list, passing Joe Cronin with his 271st two-base hit...The Indians placed designated hitter Travis Hafner on the 15- day disabled list with fatigue in his surgically repaired shoulder.
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