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Indians' Masterson shuts out Red Sox

CLEVELAND — Justin Masterson beat his former team with his first career shutout as the Cleveland Indians routed the Boston Red Sox 11-0 Wednesday night.

Travis Hafner hit his 10th career grand slam — first since May 7, 2007 — in an eight-run eighth inning against Boston's bullpen. Boof Bonser and Joe Nelson combined to throw 60 pitches to 14 batters, walking five and allowing seven hits.

Masterson (2-5) faced the Red Sox for the first time and earned his second straight win after a long losing streak. The right-hander struck out six, walked two, and allowed a pair of harmless one-out singles — to Victor Martinez in the third inning and J.D. Drew in the fifth.

The complete-game shutout was the first by an Indians pitcher against Boston since Jack McDowell on April 15, 1996.

Clay Buchholz (8-4) had a six-start winning streak snapped as Boston lost for the second time in its last 11 road games. The right-hander allowed only three hits over seven innings and trailed 3-0 when Bonser took over.

Masterson was 0-11 over 17 starts from Aug. 25 until beating the Chicago White Sox on June 4. In that win, he walked a season-high six over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-1 victory.

Masterson was sent from Boston to Cleveland with two minor league pitchers for Martinez, an all-star catcher, just before last year's trade deadline.

Buchholz, the subject of trade rumors then, already has set a career high in wins this season. He was 5-0 with a 0.99 ERA in his previous five starts.

Trevor Crowe scored three times for Cleveland, which improved to 4-13 in its last 17 home games.

Crowe singled and tripled his first two times up. He scored in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Jhonny Peralta, ending Buchholz's scoreless streak at 18 innings.

Crowe scored in the third as Austin Kearns grounded into a double play.

Peralta singled to start the fourth, took second on a wild pitch, third on a groundout, and scored on another wild pitch.

Crowe walked and eventually scored on a broken-bat single by Russell Branyan off Bonser in the eighth. Peralta followed with another broken-bat RBI single off Nelson before Hafner delivered.

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