Red Sox survive latest blown save, outlast Indians 7-6 in 10
CLEVELAND – The Red Sox bullpen blew their 22nd save of 2019, but Jackie Bradley Jr’s 10th inning home run propelled Boston to a 7-6 win over the Indians in 10 innings, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Bradley’s solo home run in extra innings came just a half inning after Brandon Workman surrendered a one-run lead in the ninth. Francisco Lindor ripped a run-scoring double to left field to put the Sox on the brink of another walkoff loss.
But Lindor was cut down trying to steal third with one out, all but taking Cleveland out of the inning and giving the Red Sox new life.
Andrew Cashner recorded his first career save, tossing a scoreless tenth inning one day after being removed from the starting rotation.
The Red Sox had already used Matt Barnes, who stranded the tying run at third in the seventh inning, and Nathan Eovaldi, who left the tying run at second in the eighth inning. Eovaldi was a candidate to start Wednesday’s series finale in place of Cashner.
Chris Sale was pulled from the game in the seventh after giving up a two-out, two-RBI double to Lindor. A key error at third base in Rafael Devers preceded Lindor’s hit.
Sale was charged with five runs, three earned, on five hits. He struck out 12.
Devers had another fantastic night at the plate, going 6-for-6 with three runs batted in. He knocked four doubles, becoming the first player in the live ball era (post-1920) to put up six hits and four doubles in a game.
Indians starter Mike Clevinger gave up four runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings of work.