Tom Burgmeier, forced into action because of an injury to starter Bob Ojeda, allowed no hits in 6 2/3 innings of relief pitching last night in Boston as the Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, 6-2.
Jim Rice knocked in two runs in a wild first inning as the Red Sox won their sixth game in their last seven.
Burgmeier increased his record to 3-0 and raised the record of Boston's bullpen to 14-2. "After I get ahead by four runs, I'm not going to get fancy," the 15-year veteran said. "I tried to throw strikes and I didn't throw many breaking balls to right-handers."
Ojeda allowed two runs in the first inning on an RBI infield single by Andre Thornton and a Von Hayes grounder. He pulled his left hamstring in the inning and had to leave the game before the start of the second inning.
Burgmeier relieved and allowed no hits until two out in the eighth, when Miguel Dilone and Toby Harrah hit back-to-back singles. Burgmeier struck out two and walked two in his longest stint of the season.
Rice's two-run single came in the first, an inning that included two errors, two balks by starter Lary Sorensen (5-5) and a wild pitch. Jerry Remy led off with a bunt single and moved to second on a walk to Dwight Evans. Both runners scored on Rice's single up the middle that deflected off Sorensen. The other runs scored on the second of Sorensen's balks and an error by left fielder Dilone, whose throw went through two Cleveland players, allowing Carney Lansford to score from third base.
The Red Sox added single runs in the fourth on a triple by Rich Gedman and a sacrifice fly by Glenn Hoffman and in the fifth on an RBI single by Carl Yastrzemski.