Indians homer in 19th straight; beat Sox 11-5

Sep 5, 2021, 2:59 AM | Updated: 3:58 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Franmil Reyes homered over the Green Monster to spark a three-run third inning — Cleveland’s franchise-record tying 19th straight game with a home run — and the Indians salvaged the finale of the series with an 11-5 victory over the COVID-impacted Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Reyes added a two-run double and went 4 for 4, and Bradley Zimmer had a two-run single for the Indians, who matched their single-season record streak of homering in consecutive games, set in May of 2000.

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs, and Hunter Renfroe added three hits for the Red Sox, who had their four-game winning streak halted.

The Red Sox scratched scheduled starter Nick Pivetta before the game, placing him on the COVID-19-related injured list. About 30 minutes before the first pitch, they added infielder/outfielder Danny Santana to the list, giving them 11 players — six position and five pitchers — in the last 10 days.

Cleveland led 6-0 after three innings before the Red Sox rallied, slicing it to 6-5 on Martinez’s shot.

Reyes’ double came in the ninth when Cleveland pulled away with five runs.

Boston had a walk-off win on Saturday after rallying late in the series opener.

Zach Plesac (10-4) gave up three runs in five innings, improving to 6-1 since coming off the IL after breaking his thumb May 23. Emmanuel Clase got the final four outs for his 21st save.

Making his major league debut, Red Sox starter Kutter Crawford (0-1) was pulled with no outs in the third after allowing five runs on five hits.

Leading 3-0 in the third, Reyes’ leadoff shot, estimated at 419 feet, completely left Fenway Park.

Crawford walked the next batter before John Schreiber relieved in his Red Sox debut, allowing Zimmer’s broken-bat, loop single to left that made it 6-0.

Martinez and Travis Shaw each had an RBI double in Boston’s three-run fifth, with Shaw’s missing a three-run homer by about a foot when it hit near the top of the right-field wall.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: INF José Ramírez got the day off with “general soreness.” … RHP Aaron Civale is slated to start Tuesday at home against Minnesota. He had been sidelined since June 24 with a sprained right middle finger and made three rehab starts, his last Wednesday with Double-A Akron when he gave two runs with six strikeouts in five innings.

Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said INF/OF Kiké Hernández (COVID-IL) was back in Boston after being quarantined in Cleveland. “He has to go through some tests, heart-related, that’s the protocol,” Cora said. “At the latest, I think he’s with us Wednesday, most likely Tuesday.” … 3B Rafael Devers was going to get the day off but struck out pinch hitting with two runners on in the fifth. “It just makes sense,” Cora said of his planned day off. “It’s probably his last day off of the season.” … LHP Darwinzon Hernandez (right oblique strain) started to throw a live BP Sunday, but it looked like it could have been cut short when the grounds’ crew had to put the tarp on due to light rain.

UP NEXT

Indians: LHP Logan Allen (1-5, 6.62 ERA) is set to start the opener of a four-game series at home against the Twins. RHP Bailey Ober (2-2, 3.98) is slated to go for Minnesota.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.53) is scheduled to make his fifth start since Tommy John surgery, facing the AL East-leading Rays on Monday afternoon at Fenway.

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