CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Indians played the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday night at Progressive Field. The Tribe won 5-4.
Pitcher Trevor Bauer got the Indians into trouble early, allowing runners on first and third with no outs in the first. He struck out Mookie Betts and David Ortiz popped out to Mike Napoli.
Hanley Ramirez hit what at first appeared to be a two-run double. But a review of the play had Brock Holt out at home.
Carlos Santana was hit by a pitch to get on base. But Boston’s Rick Porcello struck out Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli to end the inning.
Xander Bogaerts grounded out to Bauer, then Jackie Bradley Jr. went down looking. Sandy Leon flied out to left field.
In the bottom of the second, Jose Ramirez doubled to deep right field. Lonnie Chisenhall ripped one to center, scoring Ramirez. Chisenhall was called out at second. The game was 1-1 to end the second inning.
Andrew Benintendi hit a solo home run to start the third, but Indians catcher Robert Perez answered with a solo shot of his own. Kipnis and Lindor hit back-to-back homers to make it 4-2.
To lead off the fifth, Leon hit a solo home run to make the score 4-3. Indians manager Terry Francona pulled Bauer from the mound after 78 pitches and brought in Andrew Miller.
Perez singled to left and booked it to second when Carlos Santana flied out. Kipnis knocked in Perez with a single. Napoli’s ground-rule double moved Napoli to third with two outs. Chisenhall went down swinging.
Bryan Shaw replaced Miller with two outs left in the seventh. Shaw gave up a one-run homer in the eighth. Tribe closer Cody Allen got them out of a tight spot to end the inning.