Justin Masterson has often pitched like an ace this season, and now the Cleveland Indians need him to stop a season high-tying losing streak that began with his last outing.
Looking to bounce back from a rough start, Masterson tries to end his team's five-game skid when their series with the red-hot Cincinnati Reds shifts to Progressive Field for two contests Wednesday night.
Masterson (7-3, 3.20 ERA) came to Fenway Park on Friday having thrown 19 straight scoreless innings, but allowed five runs in six innings of an 8-1 loss that snapped his three-start winning streak. That defeat was the first of five in a row for the Indians.
"This was probably the first (start) I didn't really feel the greatest,'' said Masterson, who's given up two or fewer runs six times in 11 starts in 2013. ''I was just kind of pushing (the ball) to the plate."
He might have a good chance to get back on track against the Reds, having won his last two matchups with them by allowing one run in 17 innings. T...