Indians sweep Red Sox, send Ortiz into retirement

Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:27pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Cleveland Indians completed a three-game American League Division Series sweep of the Red Sox and ended the career of David Ortiz with a 4-3 victory over Boston on Monday.

Ortiz announced his retirement last November.

He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly on Monday, but he was just 1-for-9 in the three playoff games that saw the Red Sox score just seven runs.

When the game ended, the crowd chanted "Thank You, Papi" and then "We Want Papi."

Ortiz later came out to acknowledge the fans, and he was crying as he left the field for the final time.

The Indians, who won when Travis Shaw flied to right field with two on in the ninth inning, host the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in the opener of the AL Championship Series.

Former Red Sox center fielder Coco Crisp, who earlier laid down a sacrifice to set up a two-run single by rookie Tyler Naquin, hit a two-run homer off reliever Drew Pomeranz to make it 4-1 in the sixth.

Right-hander Josh Tomlin, winning a head-to-head pitching battle with junior college teammate Clay Buchholz, worked five-plus innings of two-run ball and got the victory.

Andrew Miller pitched two scoreless innings. Bryan Shaw came on in the eighth, got two outs and left with a runner on.   Continued...

Oct 10, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Indians teammates celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 4-3 in game three of the 2016 ALDS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports