Joe Carter bounced a single over third baseman Wade Boggs' head with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning yesterday, giving the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Reliever Rich Thompson (1-1) got his first major league victory with two innings of one-hit relief.

Brook Jacoby singled with one out in the ninth against Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd (4-3). Otis Nixon, running for Jacoby, moved to third on Mike Hargrove's single to right and scored on Carter's single.

"That's the first time that's ever happened to me in baseball," said Boyd, "where the home team beat me in the bottom of the last inning and I have to walk off the field. It's the worst feeling in the world. I can't throw better stuff than that."

The Red Sox had only one runner past first base through five innings against starter Vern Ruhle. But Jackie Gutierrez led off the sixth with a single off the glove of shortstop Julio Franco, moved to second on Boggs' walk and to third on Franco's error. Jim Rice's sacrifice fly made it 1-0.

Tony Bernazard tied the score in the eighth with his fourth homer.