A trip that started so well for the Indians in Texas before taking a wrong turn in Kansas City, suddenly righted itself Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Nick Swisher was the man who restored the balance with a leadoff home run in the 11th inning that wrapped around Pesky's Pole to give the Indians a 3-2 victory over Boston and a split in the four-game series. The Indians ended this 10-game trip at 5-5. After winning three of the first four games against the Rangers, the Tribe lost four of the next six, but came away dead even thanks to Swisher's fourth homer of the season ahd the durable right arm of Cody Allen. Swisher, who came off the disabled list Thursday, opened the 11th with a drive just inside the right field pole named after fabled Boston second baseman Johnny Pesky. The pole is located 325-feet down the right field line. He homered on a 2-1 pitch from Junichi Tazawa (1-1) to break a 2-2 tie. It was Swisher's first since May 16. "I have a great view of it from my place in the dugout," said manager Terry Francona. "I knew he hit it pretty good." Said Swisher, "No doubt it was a homer. . .I was so stoked I wanted to smile all the way around the bases." The win went to Allen, who worked the last two innings, retiring six straight. Allen (3-1), who saved Saturday's game, was pitching for the third straight day.
Swisher gives Indians 3-2 victory over Red Sox with homer in 11th
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jun 15