August 23, 2017

G126: Red Sox 6, Cleveland 1

Red Sox   - 000 010 014 - 6  8  0
Cleveland - 000 000 010 - 1  3  0
After limiting Cleveland to only one hit last night, the Red Sox allowed only three tonight. Drew Pomeranz (5.2-2-0-4-9, 103) lowered his ERA to 3.18.

Boston broke the game open in the top of the ninth. Singles by Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts put runners on first and third. Devers scored on a passed ball. After Mitch Moreland grounded out and Christian Vazquez struck out, Bogaerts was on third. Brock Holt doubled him home. Cleveland made a pitching change and Holt took third on a wild pitch. Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run homer, giving Boston a five-run lead.

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth, giving him 102 strikeouts this season. Kimbrel is the fourth pitcher to collect at least 100 strikeouts in relief before issuing at least 10 walks. Kimbrel (who has nine walks) joins Koji Uehara (2013 Red Sox), Kenley Jansen (2016 Dodgers), and Andrew Miller (2016 Yankees/Cleveland). Kimbrel has struck out 3+ batters in an inning 15 times this year. The only pitchers to top that are Chris Sale (20) and Max Scherzer (17), both of whom have thrown 100 more innings than Kimbrel.

AL East: The Yankees beat the Tigers 10-2.
Drew Pomeranz / Corey Kluber
Nunez, 2B
Betts, RF
Benintendi, CF
Ramirez, DH
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Moreland, 1B
Vazquez, C
Holt, LF

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