Big Ben strikes 8: Broussard's eight RBI lead Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ben Broussard was glad he didn't hear the fans
calling his name.

Broussard drove in a career-high eight runs and the Cleveland
Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 15-3 Thursday night, handing Josh
Beckett his first loss with his new team.

"I didn't hear it," Broussard said about the fans' chanting
"Ben-ny, Ben-ny," each time he came to bat after hitting his
fourth career grand slam in the first inning. "I was locked in.
It's probably good that I didn't hear them. I would have probably
started to overswing."

Instead, Broussard added a solo homer and went 4-for-5 as
Cleveland won the final two games of a three-game series. Boston
has lost five of its last seven.

Beckett (3-1) gave up six hits and eight earned runs in 3 2-3
innings in his first loss since Aug. 28 when he was with the
Florida Marlins. Broussard's slam was the first allowed by Beckett
in 638 career innings.

"It was one of those nights, just brutal, brutal, brutal,"
Beckett said.

Broussard opened the third with a 421-foot shot down the
right-field line for his fourth homer of the season and fifth
career two-homer game.

Paul Byrd (3-2) gave up two runs over five innings for

"Ben was unbelievable," Byrd said. "He sure made me feel
comfortable, giving me a four-run lead like that. And the crowd
chanting his name was great. That was really cool."

Mike Lowell had an RBI double and David Ortiz a pair of
run-scoring singles for the Red Sox.

Broussard's two-run, bases-loaded single off Julian Tavarez in
the sixth put Cleveland ahead 11-2 and gave Broussard a .368
(14-for-38) career average and 47 RBI when hitting with the bases

Broussard added an RBI single in Cleveland's four-run seventh to
become the first Indians player with eight RBI since Manny Ramirez
on Sept. 24, 1999, at Toronto. The club record is nine by Chris
James on May 4, 1991, at Oakland.

"I didn't try to think about anything except being aggressive
at the plate," Broussard said. "I had some crazy game in the low
minors where I went 5-for-5 with three homers and 11 RBI or
something, but that was a long time ago," at Single-A Great Falls
in 1999.

Broussard, platooning with right-hander Eduardo Perez at first
base this season, is hitting .489 (23-for-47) against right-handers
with four homers and 17 RBI. Perez is hitting .346 with three
homers and 10 RBI against lefties.

"Broussard had a career night and I wish it would have been
against someone else," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We
didn't have an answer for anything and it just got worse."

Beckett, the key part of a seven-player trade with the Marlins
last November, walked five and struck out six. It was the third
time in his career that he gave up three homers -- including his
last start April 21 against Toronto.

Beckett had allowed just eight earned runs in 28 1-3 innings
before Thursday.

"If your fall off the horse, you've got to get back on," he
said. "I have to turn it around, forget about it and move on.

"My most important pitch will be my next one."

Game notes
Beckett's nine runs allowed were the most by a Boston
starter since Derek Lowe gave up nine on June 29, 2004, at Yankee
Stadium. ... Cleveland has a major league-high 142 runs in 22
games. ... Indians DH Travis Hafner walked a career-high four
times, seeing 21 pitches. ... LF Jason Michaels struck out all
three times up against Beckett on only 11 pitches. ... Ramirez went
0-for-3 against Byrd and is 0-for-9 in his career against the
right-hander. ... Ortiz has 15 RBI in his last 17 games. ...
Indians CF Grady Sizemore tied a career high with four runs.