BOSTON (AP) – Travis Hafner hit a grand slam off Keith Foulke in a five-run ninth inning, doubled twice and drove in six runs to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Boston Red Sox 12-8 Tuesday night.

Boston, which lost its second straight following a seven-game winning streak, overcame deficits of 4-1 and 5-3, taking an 8-5 lead with a five-run sixth inning.

Aaron Boone hit his 100th career homer – his first home run against Boston since his 11th-inning drive off Tim Wakefield capped the New York Yankees’ comeback in Game 7 of the 2003 AL championship series.

After Jhonny Peralta’s leadoff single in the eighth off Mike Timlin and Casey Blake’s one-out double, Foulke (5-4) relieved and allowed Hafner’s run-scoring groundout and Victor Martinez’s RBI single.

Foulke, who blew a save for the third time in 18 chances, gave up Jody Gerut’s double with one out in the ninth, then retired Boone on a flyout.

Peralta singled on a 3-2 pitch to tie the score 8-8, and Grady Sizemore and Blake walked on pitches close to the plate. Hafner followed with his 13th homer, driving an 0-2 changeup just inside the right-field foul pole for his second career slam.

Hafner has six extra-base hits in the first two games of the series.

Matt Miller (1-0) pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings, and Bob Wickman retired the Red Sox in order on three pitches in the bottom of the ninth.

Foulke allowed five runs, four hits and two walks in 1 2-3 innings.

Cleveland’s bullpen, which entered Tuesday’s game with baseball’s best ERA at 2.78, didn’t fare well, either. Kevin Youklis hit and RBI double in the sixth off Cliff Lee and scored on Mark Bellhorn’s sacrifice fly against Arthur Rhodes to tie the score 5-all.

Johnny Damon’s single, Edward Renteria’s walk and David Ortiz’s go-ahead single chased Rhodes. Miller relieved and gave up RBI singles to Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar.

Boston starter Wade Miller allowed five runs, seven hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings, while Lee gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Hafner’s double and Martinez’s RBI groundout put Cleveland ahead in the first, and Boone made it 3-0 in the second. The drive went into the left-center field seats above the Green Monster, and fans cheered when one of them threw the ball back onto the field.

Notes: Damon extended his hitting streak to 15 games with his single in the sixth. He also has an 18-game hitting streak this season. … Sizemore was the only starter on either team without a hit.

AP-ES-06-28-05 2329EDT


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