Baseball: Indians beat Red Sox again to take 2-0 series lead

Fri Oct 7, 2016 8:44pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Corey Kluber pitched seven scoreless innings and combined with two relievers on a three-hit shutout as the Cleveland Indians blanked the Boston Red Sox 6-0 on Friday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Cleveland leads the best-of-five series 2-0.

The Indians, who claimed the home field advantage on the last day of the regular season, have made the most of it, winning the first two games of the series, which shifts to Boston for Game 3 on Sunday.

In winning Games 1 and 2 at Progressive Field, the Indians improved their home record this year to 55-28.

Cleveland got all the runs it needed in a four-run second inning that was capped by a three-run home run by Lonnie Chisenhall.

Kluber, in his first career postseason start, held the American League's highest scoring team scoreless on three hits through seven innings. He was removed from the game after walking the first batter and hitting the second batter of the eighth inning. Relievers Dan Otero and Bryan Shaw completed the shutout.

It was Kluber's first start in 10 days. In his last start of the regular season, he was removed from the game after four innings with a strained quad. He showed no signs of the injury Friday, striking out seven and allowing just three singles.

Boston starter David Price (0-1) came into the game hoping to reverse his dismal career postseason record, but instead all he did was add to it. Price is now 0-8 as a starter in the postseason, and 2-8 with a 5.53 ERA in the postseason overall.

The Red Sox needed a big game from Price, but he never made it out of the fourth inning. He barely made it out of the second. With one out in the bottom of the second, Carlos Santana singled and went to second on an infield single by Jose Ramirez.   Continued...

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) and center fielder Rajai Davis (20) celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox during game two of the 2016 ALDS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports