Boston Red Sox

BOSTON – For only the second time in 2018, the Boston Red Sox have a three-game losing streak.

The Cleveland Indians teed off on Red Sox pitching on their way to a 6-3 victory Tuesday night at Fenway Park. With the win, the Tribe earned at least a split of the four-game series.

Nathan Eovaldi (5-5) struggled in a losing effort, allowing 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two, walked one, and was charged with four earned runs.

Melky Cabrera homered for the second night in a row. He went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

Indians rookie right-hander Shane Bieber (7-2) cruised through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. Bieber went 6 1/3 innings and was charged with three runs.

Cleveland’s Brad Hand tossed a scoreless ninth, earning his 29th save of the season.

The Red Sox lost three in a row to Oakland and Toronto April 21-24. They have not had a four-game losing streak at any point this season.

How it happened:

Eovaldi recorded two quick outs in the fourth, but struggled to get the third out of the inning. Cabrera and Jason Kipnis picked up base hits and were driven in on a single by Yan Gomes and a double by Greg Allen.

Cabrera hit a solo home run in the sixth. Eovaldi was chased from the game after allowing two more runners to reach in the inning. Michael Brantley singled off Joe Kelly to extend the lead to 4-0.

Brandon Workman walked Jose Ramirez to lead off the seventh. Ramirez stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a Yonder Alonso sacrifice fly.

Andrew Benintendi doubled to lead off the home half of the seventh. J.D. Martinez singled, advancing Benintendi to third. Xander Bogaerts then drove Benintendi in with a double that bounced off the box seats down the third base line.

The Sox cut Cleveland’s lead to 5-2 on a Mitch Moreland sacrifice fly, but the play could’ve resulted in more damage had Cleveland’s centerfielder Allen not tracked the ball down with a sliding catch in the triangle.

Ian Kinsler added a RBI groundout to cap the three-run seventh inning.

Gomes hit a solo home run into the Monster seats off Tyler Thornburg in the eighth, extending Cleveland’s lead to 6-3.

Up next:

Brian Johnson (4-3, 4.00 ERA) will take the ball against Cleveland righty Carlos Carrasco (15-6, 3.33 ERA) in game three of the series Wednesday night.