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Replay gives boost to Indians; Home runs help defeat Red Sox

BOSTON -- Cleveland manager Manny Acta's pregame lesson about Fenway Park's quirky angles and dimensions certainly couldn't cover what Asdrubal Cabrera's homer did.

Cabrera's second two-run homer of the game, originally ruled a single off the short wall in right field and overturned by replay review, broke an eighth-inning tie and lifted the Indians to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

"It might be the only park," Cabrera said when asked if he thought his homer would have been out in any other ballpark.

Travis Hafner homered after Cabrera's first of the game as the Indians won for just the third time in their last 11 games.

"It all starts with Asdrubal," Acta said. "Asdrubal is the one that gets us going like he has all year."

Cabrera's homer came off reliever Daniel Bard (1-5) and halted his scoreless innings streak at 26 1-3, longest active in the majors. It was the first run he allowed after 25 scoreless appearances.

Acta held a brief team meeting before the game.

"We have a lot of kids that have never been here, a different ballpark, just for them to really take advantage of it with extra batting practice and all that," he said. "Just let the guys know that this is fun, a couple of games out and two months to go. In a way I needed to let them know we're still in it, but we needed to get back to what got us to where we're at."

After Jason Kipnis singled leading off the eighth, Cabrera hit a fly ball down the right field line that hooked around the Pesky Pole and caromed off what looked like the top of the wall to outfielder Josh Reddick. Replays appeared to show the ball hitting beyond the padding on the top of the approximately 5-foot wall and bouncing back into play off a female fan's knee. After a delay of a few minutes, the umpires came back onto the field and ruled it a home run and Cabrera finished his trot around the bases, making it 7-5. Matt LaPorta added an RBI double in the inning.

"I think they all knew about the Pesky Pole," Acta said. "I heard them talking about it in the dugout."

Bard was surprised that it was ruled a homer, lightly tossing the ball to the ground when the umpires came back.

"It looked like it hit off the top of the wall and came back in," he said. "But I guess further review showed that it hit off a lady's knee, so it looks like they got it right. It's still tough to call."

Rafael Perez (4-1) pitched one inning of scoreless relief for the win.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a broken-bat two-run homer and Carl Crawford had a solo homer, double and scored two runs for Boston, which was coming off a 20-6 record in July -- it's first 20-win month since May 2007.

The Indians started a seven-game road trip against division leaders. After four against the AL East-leading Red Sox, they are scheduled to play three in Texas against the West-leading Rangers this weekend.

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