MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cleveland0 0 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 6131
Boston0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 350
  W: S. Bieber (7-2)   L: N. Eovaldi (5-5)   S: B. Hand (5)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 21, 2018
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 37,188

Indians try to make it two straight over Red Sox

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Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox

  1. Cleveland used its AL-leading 13th shutout of the season yesterday to take two of three from the Orioles. The Indians are 9-4 in rubber games, tied with the Astros for best in MLB (min. 3-game series).
  2. The Red Sox dropped the final game of a three-game series against the Rays, 2-0, but are a Major League-best 13-3 (.813) in August. Boston has a 28-7-5 (.763) series record this season, on pace to be the second highest in franchise history behind 1912, when the team went 30-5-7 (.798).
  3. Mike Clevinger reached the 150-strikeout plateau in Cleveland's win yesterday against Baltimore, becoming Cleveland's fourth pitcher this season to accomplish that, joining Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, and Corey Kluber. Through 123 team games, the Indians are the fastest team in MLB history to have four pitchers with at least 150 strikeouts in a season.
  4. Over his last four starts, Corey Kluber has compiled a 1.78 ERA and an 0.79 WHIP, while striking out 26 and walking four in 30.1 innings. Since 2013, Kluber has a 2.31 ERA in August, best in the majors over that time (minimum 150 IP in August).
  5. In 22 career starts (11 quality) against Cleveland, Rick Porcello is 10-4 with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Porcello has made 11 straight starts against Cleveland without allowing a home run, which is his longest such streak against any team at any point in his career.
  6. Jose Ramirez ranks second in MLB in extra-base hits (71), fourth in intentional walks (14), and tied for fourth in stolen bases (27). Since intentional walks began being tracked officially in 1955, only Willie Mays (1956 -- 1958) and Hank Aaron (1963) have finished top five in MLB in those three categories in a season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/20/2018 thru 8/23/2018

BOSTON -- It was hyped as a big series -- even though it's still only August.

Monday night, the first contest of a four-game set between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox -- the first of seven regular-season games between the likely postseason entrants, lived up to the billing.

In short, it was a playoff-type atmosphere that came down to the tying run dying on second base in the ninth inning.

Tuesday night, Nathan Eovaldi, who tossed 15 shutout innings in his first two starts with the Red Sox before a rocky road outing, faces rookie Shane Bieber on Tuesday night.

"It's my favorite road city to play in," Michael Brantley said on television after hitting one of three Cleveland home runs in a 5-4 decision. " ... It's a great atmosphere that they (the fans) bring every single time and it's fun to be part of."

Asked what this type of game can mean for a kid such as teammate Greg Allen, who also homered, Brantley said: "It's a little taste of the postseason, especially in the ninth inning like that, adrenaline gets going ... it's fun."

It wasn't fun for the Red Sox, who have lost two straight and seen their lead atop the American League East shrink from 10 1/2 to a still-whopping nine games over the idle New York Yankees. Boston (88-36) has lost three games in a row once this season, in late April.

The Indians spotted the Red Sox three runs but roared back on a home run by each of the three outfielders.

"You look at them, they look like us over there," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "Very dynamic, they can hit the ball out of the ballpark, they can come back like we do. You have to earn all 27 outs."

The Indians (72-52) moved to within three games of the Houston Astros for the No. 2 seed in the postseason.

"I think a lot of people are making a big deal of it," Corey Kluber said after earning his 16th win. "We're both leading our division right now, stuff like that, but I think we're kind of taking it as another series.

"There's no guarantee that the two of us will end up playing each other again down the road in the postseason, so ..."

Allen extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games (.383) while Brantley has batted .344 with two homers and 10 RBIs in August.

Rick Porcello gave up the home runs and blamed himself on the third one.

"Not trying to take anything away from him (Allen) but I think even I could have even hit that one pretty hard," he said. "That was not a good pitch and it came at the worst possible time."

Bieber (6-2, 4.37 ERA) is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA over his last four starts and has 71 strikeouts in 68 innings on the season. He began the season winning his first four decisions and is 2-2 since.

This will be his first appearance against Boston.

Eovaldi (5-4, 3.62 ERA) is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA lifetime against the Indians, but the current Cleveland roster is batting a cumulative .324 gainst him. Yan Gomes is 4-for-8, Melky Cabrera (who also homered Monday) is 3-for-7 and Yonder Alonso 3-for-10.

Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez (ankle) made his first rehab start Monday night in Double A and the reports were positive. He is due to make one more rehab start, which would likely bring him back after Aug. 31. He would still be eligible for the postseason if he's on the disabled list Sept. 1.

Updated August 21, 2018

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