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CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona likes to talk about grind-it-out wins. Man City Jersey 2017 . Tuesday nights 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox fit that category perfectly. Michael Bourns two-run double in the seventh inning snapped a 3-all tie and extended Clevelands winning streak to a season-high five straight games. The Indians scored three runs on five straight hits in the first off Jake Peavy, but couldnt add to the lead and the Red Sox tied the game in the seventh. The deadlock didnt last long. "We played a good game," Francona said. "I thought we had to. We strung together a number of hits (in the first), then youre kind of hanging on for dear life. When they tied it, we came back." Cleveland (29-30) can get back to .500 for the first time since April 24 if it can complete a three-game sweep Wednesday. The Indians have made up six games in the AL Central standings since May 18 and trail first-place Detroit by 4 1-2 games. Francona always stresses to his players to take things one day at a time. "Thats the only way you can dig yourself out of a hole," he said. "It can look so daunting when you look too far in advance, but when you take care of what youre supposed to do that day, all of a sudden things can mount in a good way." The Red Sox have lost two straight after winning seven consecutive games. That streak was preceded by a 10-game losing streak. Nick Hagadone (1-0) struck out three in 1 1-3 innings. Cody Allen recorded the final four outs for his fifth save, striking out former Indians All-Star Grady Sizemore, pinch-hitting for Jonny Gomes, to end the game. Allen also retired Sizemore for the final out in Mondays 3-2 win. "Obviously, they have some very good hitters," Allen said. "Theyre the defending world champions. Thats a veteran group. They have a lot of wins over there." Peavy (1-3) allowed five runs in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander, who hasnt won since April 25, gave up three runs in the first, but held the Indians scoreless until the seventh. David Murphy walked to start the inning and Yan Gomes singled. Peavy threw out Murphy at third on Mike Aviles sacrifice attempt, leaving runners at first and second. Andrew Miller relieved, but Bourn doubled off the lefty over the head of Gomes in left field to score both runners. "Bournie had a really good at-bat," Francona said. "Thats not a fun lefty to face from the left side." Bourn, who hit a walk-off homer Sunday against Colorado, is 8 for 19 with five RBIs in Clevelands winning streak. The Indians are 20-11 at Progressive Field, the best home record in the AL. The Indians opened the game with five straight singles. Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall had RBI hits. The third run scored when Ryan Raburn hit into a double play. Peavy, who was 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in six starts last month, retired 14 in a row at one point, a stretch that ended with Chisenhalls two-out single in the seventh. "This is a tough one to lose," Peavy said. "I dont know if Ive ever started a game with five straight hits. Tonight was a grind." Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer with one out in the third. Jonathan Herreras sixth-inning single cut the lead to 3-2. Bogaerts started the seventh with a double off Scott Atchison and scored when Dustin Pedroia doubled. Hagadone, called up from Triple-A Columbus on Monday, struck out A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Hassan with two on to end the inning. Cleveland starter T.J. House allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings. NOTES: Boston pitcher Brandon Workman appealed a six-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for throwing near the head of Tampa Bay star Evan Longoria last week. Workman can play until the appeal process is complete, and is expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday night in the series finale. ... Indians 3B/C Carlos Santana (concussion) took batting practice and ran the bases Tuesday. He could be activated Friday. .... Boston C Ryan Lavarnway (fractured left wrist) underwent surgery Tuesday in Cleveland to remove his hamate bone. Manager John Farrell expects a five-to-seven week recovery period before baseball activities take place. ... 1B Nick Swisher (sore left knee) could go on a minor-league rehab assignment next week. He has begun to play catch and is scheduled to start hitting in a couple of days. ... Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will throw out the first pitch Wednesday. — Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) August 20, 2014 Splash Brothers #NBAMovies pic. . -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice tweeted an apparent goodbye after a report about his pending release.Each week, NFL Editors Ben Fisher and Mike Hetherington discuss three hot fantasy football topics. This week they take a look back and their best and worst calls of the fantasy season. What was your best call this season? Fisher: I didn’t hit on much, but at a time when Robert Griffin III was still getting QB1 grades, I was pretty adamant he wouldn’t live up to those expectations, not even close. I also predicted Griffin wouldn’t last the year as starter but what I didn’t see was Kurt Cousins also getting replaced … or for that matter Colt McCoy looking half serviceable. Griffin struggled even before his ankle injury – his proneness to injury another contributing factor to my low draft grade – and while he put up passable numbers in the games he started upon his return, he never came close to resembling a QB1. Griffin was exposed as a mediocre quarterback in Washington this season and almost certainly sank your fantasy team if you drafted him high. Hetherington: Way back after Week 1, I stated that Cordarelle Patterson was a boom-or-bust WR option and could be considered a sell-high candidate for owners. My reasoning included an imminent quarterback change that would result in a production dip and a run-first offence. Now, I’m not convinced having Teddy Bridgewater under centre was the sole reason for Patterson’s decline, but if you offloaded the second-year pro for a more consistent weapon, you likely got a major upgrade. At a time when Patterson was coming off a game with over 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, one of my bolder calls of the season paid off. What was your worst call this season? Fisher: After watching a very mediocre running back in Knowshon Moreno put up monster numbers in a Peyton Manning-led offence, I thought a decent back in Montee Ball could put up even bigger numbers for the Broncos this season. At least I thought Ball was a decent running back. Ball was a below average running back before he got injured, which eventually led to CJ Anderson getting the job and halfway proving my point that a back better than Moreno could do some real damage in Manniing’s backfield. Joe Hart Man City Jersey. It just happened to be a running back I’d previously never heard of. Hetherington: This one is painful to admit as I look back on it. In mid-October, I declared Colin Kaepernick to be the best dual-threat option over Russell Wilson and Cam Newton. Kaepernick was coming off his best game of the season; throwing for 343 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams defence. Kaepernick has not had a multi-touchdown game since and has subsequently dropped completely off the fantasy QB1 radar. Looking back, the correct choice would have been Wilson, but even Newton would have been a better choice than the one I made. Who was the biggest surprise performer this season? Fisher: DeMarco Murray staying healthy all season was a big one, and Andrew Luck taking the reins as top quarterback sooner than expected was surprising too, but Odell Beckham Jr. leads the list for me. Beckham was topped only by the Steelers’ Antonio Brown, another pleasant surprise in his own right, in average points per week by receivers. The rookie first rounder was a fantasy force after recovering from a back injury that kept him out of the lineup the first four weeks of the season. And the best part? He did it in style! Hetherington: I’m going to call this one a tie between Le’Veon Bell and Demarco Murray, both of whom were projected to finish outside the top five of fantasy backs. The two will finish as by far the best running backs of 2014 and are currently separated by just 0.1 fantasy points (Bell has that slight edge). Each are surprises for their own reason, however. Bell was set to share the Steelers backfield with LeGarrette Blount – and did briefly – but took over as the feature back, so much so that the Steelers to cut ties with Blount. He also emerged as a major weapon in the passing game, receiving for more yards than any other back. Murray’s value was considered relatively limited entering the season by his injury history, yet he handled the biggest workload of his career without missing a game. If you had either back on your team, you likely had major success this season. 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