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Van Every lifts Red Sox

CLEVELAND - Jonathan Van Every hit his first major-league home run in the 10th inning, giving the Boston Red Sox a 6-5 comeback win vs. the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. Van Every, who played in the Indians' minor-league system from 2000-07, hit a 1-1 pitch from Jensen Lewis to dead center. Van Every got his first big-league hit during the Red Sox's three-run rally in the eighth. Van Every, a left-handed hitter, began the season on the disabled list with a sprained ankle and entered Wednesday with only one plate appearance, a walk. He signed with the Red Sox as a minor-league free agent following the 2007 season. Van Every started in right field because J.D. Drew has been bothered by a sore quad. Cleveland led 5-2 going into the eighth, but a crucial fielding error by third baseman Mark DeRosa helped Boston score three runs and tie the game.
Rafael Betancourt retired Jason Bay to start the inning, but allowed singles to Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek. Jeff Bailey hit what should have been a double-play grounder directly to DeRosa, but DeRosa misplayed the ball and the bases were loaded. Van Every then singled to right, making it 5-3. Lewis relieved and gave up an RBI fielder's choice to pinch-hitter Drew. Jacoby Ellsbury's single then tied the game.
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