Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/12/12

BOSTON -- After needing three hours and 57 minutes to play nine innings Friday night, the Red Sox and Indians played a relatively tidy 2:30 on Saturday as the Sox beat the Indians 4-1.

Left-hander Felix Doubront handcuffed Cleveland, going six innings and giving up one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. It was the second quality start of Doubront's seven outings this season, as he improved to 3-1, with a 4.46 ERA.

"I thought once again Felix Doubront was terrific," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "Ahead in the count most of the night, and his fastball was alive, his breaking ball was very good. Did what he had to do to get us in a wining position."

The Red Sox got out to a quick lead on the Indians and right-hander Zach McAllister, who was starting in place of the injured Josh Tomlin.

In the third inning, Mike Aviles led off with a single to center and scored on Dustin Pedroia's one-out double off the wall in left. David Ortiz's double off the wall in left-center scored Pedroia.

In the fourth, Daniel Nava led off with a single to left, took third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's ground-rule double to right and scored on Aviles' sacrifice fly.

Doubront kept the Indians off the scoreboard until the sixth. Lou Marson led off with a double to right, took third on Michael Brantley's groundout and scored on Jason Kipnis' infield single.

"I got the plan a couple of days ago," Doubront said. "It was what I expected. It worked for me. I was keeping the ball down. They have many lefties. I was throwing in. My breaking balls were working.

"I did the plan."

The Indians had five left-handed hitters and two switch-hitters in the lineup facing the Boston lefty. Against Doubront and three relievers, the Indians could muster just three hits, a season low.

"He just neutralized all of our left-handed hitters and even our switch hitters," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We couldn't get any offense going against Doubront. He was pitching to both sides of the plate."

The Sox got the run back in the bottom of the sixth inning on Cody Ross' sixth home run of the season -- a two-out solo shot that cleared the Green Monster, landing on the parking deck across Lansdowne Street in left field.

McAllister, making his second start of the season and sixth in the majors, went seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. He took the loss, dropping his record to 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA.

"It's tough," McAllister said. "I thought I was able to do a decent job of keeping our team in the game and was able to get the bullpen a little break, so I was definitely happy with that. But it happened. Hopefully we can bounce back tomorrow and get a W. I think I'd rather have less strikeouts with a W."

Alfredo Aceves got his seventh save with a perfect ninth inning.

It was the quickest game at Fenway Park since the first game of a doubleheader against Tampa Bay on Aug. 16, 2011.

"It was a really nice game," Valentine said. "Everyone did their job."

NOTES: Cleveland starter Tomlin was scratched because of soreness in his right wrist that developed from gripping a wet ball during his last start, May 7 against the White Sox. Tomlin was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Tuesday and will be eligible to come off May 23. ... The Indians optioned Jason Donald to Triple-A Columbus on Friday and purchased the contract of infielder Jose Lopez. ... Ortiz was back in the starting lineup after being replaced by pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald in the seventh inning Friday night because of a bruised heel suffered running out an infield single in the fifth inning. ... Left-hander Justin Thomas, who was designated for assignment Thursday by the Red Sox, was claimed by the Yankees. ... Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning single. It is the longest active streak in the majors.

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