August 15, 2016

G117: Red Sox 3, Cleveland 2

Red Sox   - 000 003 000 - 3 10  0
Cleveland - 000 100 010 - 2  6  0
Craig Kimbrel provided yet another white-knuckle ninth inning. Calling upon to uphold the Red Sox's one-run lead, the closer allowed a leadoff double to Francisco Lindor. Then he walked Mike Napoli, putting the potential winning run at first base.

Kimbrel rallied, striking out Carlos Santana and pinch-hitter Jason Kipnis. He fell behind Abraham Almonte 3-0, one pitch away from loading the bases. Kimbrel then got two strikes on Almonte, gave up a loud foul ball, and - on his 28th pitch of the inning - got Almonte to pop out to Pedroia.

Boston got their runs on home runs from David Ortiz (with Dustin Pedroia aboard) and Jackie Bradley.

Pomeranz: 7.2-5-2-2-6, 104. Fernand Abad relieved him in with a man on second in the bottom of the eighth and retired the one batter he faced.

On to Baltimore!
Drew Pomeranz / Josh Tomlin
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Betts, RF
Bradley, CF
Hill, 3B
Shaw, 1B
Holaday, C
Benintendi, LF
Recalled: Infielders Deven Marrero and Marco Hernandez, and pitcher Heath Hembree.

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