Indians ride homers, bullpen to win over Red Sox
(The Sports Xchange) - The Cleveland Indians belted three home runs in the span of four batters in the third inning and got 4-1/3 innings of quality work from their bullpen to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday.
Roberto Perez, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor all homered in a three-run third inning off Boston starter Rick Porcello, turning a 2-1 Boston lead into a 4-2 Cleveland advantage.
Neither starter got very deep into the game. Porcello pitched 4-1/3 innings of five-run ball, and Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer gave up three runs in 4-/3 innings.
However, the Cleveland bullpen was able to preserve the lead. Andrew Miller (1-0) relieved Bauer in the fifth inning and calmed things down for the Indians.
Miller, acquired from the New York Yankees at the trade deadline, pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out four.
Bryan Shaw gave up a home run to Brock Holt leading off the eighth inning, cutting Cleveland's lead to 5-4.
After Shaw retired Mookie Betts for the first out, and with David Ortiz walking to the plate, Indians manager Terry Francona called for closer Cody Allen.
Ortiz lined a double to center field and was replaced by pinch runner Marco Hernandez, who went to third on a groundout by Hanley Ramirez.
Allen struck out Xander Bogaerts to end the inning and while he allowed a single in the ninth, got three more strikeouts to end the game. Continued...