11:40 p.m.-CLEVELAND INDIANS SLUG WAY TO GAME 1 WIN OVER BOSTON RED SOX
CLEVELAND -- Known for their patience at the plate and aggressiveness on the base paths, the Cleveland Indians used their power to hit three home runs in the bottom of the third inning against Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox.
That power surge proved to be too much for the Red Sox to overcome, and the Indians rode that momentum to a 5-4 win in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at a jam-packed Progressive Field Thursday night.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis smacked the second of the three homers in the third, and he finished his second-ever playoff game three for four with two RBI and a run scored. Also, catcher Roberto Perez, the No. 9 hitter in Cleveland’s lineup, had a home run, scored twice and went two for three at the plate.
With Indians starter Trevor Bauer lasting just 4.2 innings, the bullpen pitched around some trouble against Boston’s potent lineup and limited the Red Sox to just one run over 4.1 innings of relief.
11:15 p.m.-BROCK HOLT HOMERS FOR RED SOX
CLEVELAND -- Boston third baseman Brock Holt belted a lead-off home run to right field and drew the Red Sox to within a run of the Cleveland Indians, 5-4, in the top of the eighth inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field.
With the count even at 2-2 against Indians set-up man Bryan Shaw, Holt fouled off a pitch and then, turned on a ball and sent it over the wall in right field for Boston’s third home run of the game.
After recording an out of the next hitter, Shaw was relieved by closer Cody Allen, who immediately surrendered a double to Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. A replay challenge upheld the call of safe at second for Ortiz, who was lifted for pinch runner Marco Hernandez.
Although Hernandez got to third base on a groundout, Allen struck out shortstop Xander Bogaerts to end the inning and strand the tying run 90 feet from home plate.
10:10 p.m.-INDIANS TACK ON ANOTHER RUN
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians gave up a run in the top of the fifth inning, but they got it back in the bottom of the frame and built a 5-3 lead over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field.
Catcher Roberto Perez led off the inning with a long single to the left-field corner and advanced to second base on a fly out from designated hitter Carlos Santana. Perez came around to score on an RBI single to center field from second baseman Jason Kipnis.
After shortstop Francisco Lindor popped out to third base, first baseman Mike Napoli hit a double to left field, but because the ball caromed off the black railing above the wall in foul territory, it was called a ground-rule double. Despite motoring around third base and touching home plate, Kipnis was sent back to third base.
Following an intentional walk to third baseman Jose Ramirez, right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall struck out swinging against Boston reliever, and former Indian, Drew Pomeranz, to end the inning.
9:40 p.m.-RED SOX GET ONE STEP CLOSER TO INDIANS
CLEVELAND -- It has proven to be a good night for the bottom-of-the-order hitters in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field.
Sandy Leon, Boston’s catcher and No. 8 hitter, smashed a lead-off home run to center field and drew the Red Sox to within a run of the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, in the top of the fifth inning.
Then, after Indians starter Trevor Bauer got two straight outs, manager Terry Francona made the call to the bullpen for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller.
Despite third baseman Brock Holt doubling to deep center field and right fielder Mookie Betts working his way to a walk following a seven-pitch at-bat after being down in the count, 1-2, Miller faced off against one of the best hitters in postseason history, David Ortiz.
Behind in the count, 2-1, Miller evened it up with a called second strike, and then, got Ortiz out swinging to end the threat.
9:10 p.m.-INDIANS BELT THREE HOMERS IN THIRD
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians belted three solo home runs in the bottom of the third inning and took a 4-2 lead over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field.
Down by a 2-1 count after starter Trevor Bauer gave up a solo home run in the top half of the inning, the Indians quickly got back even when catcher Roberto Perez, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup, took a 3-2 pitch from Boston starter Rick Porcello over the wall in right field.
Two batters later, after taking a called first strike, second baseman Jason Kipnis smashed his first postseason home run over the wall in right field. Then, shortstop Francisco Lindor kept everyone in the park on their feet and celebrating when he belted his first career playoff home run over the wall in right field.
8:50 p.m.-RED SOX RETAKE LEAD ON ROUND-TRIPPER
CLEVELAND -- Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field did not stay tied for long, as the visiting team took a 2-1 lead with a lead-off home run in the top of the third inning.
Ahead in the count, 3-0, against Indians starter Trevor Bauer, Red Sox rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi took a called strike, and then, smashed his first career postseason round-tripper into the seats in right field on the next pitch.
However, Bauer responded by setting down the Nos. 1-3 hitters in Boston’s lineup down in order after the lead-off homer to limit the damage to just the one run.
8:40 p.m.-INDIANS DRAW EVEN WITH RED SOX
CLEVELAND -- The Boston Red Sox may have scored first, but the Cleveland Indians had an answer in the bottom of the second inning and drew even at 1-1 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field.
Clutch-hitting third baseman Jose Ramirez smashed a 3-2 pitch from Boston starter Rick Porcello off the base of the wall in center field and motored into second base with a stand-up double to lead off the inning.
Then, after fouling off the first two offerings from Porcello, outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall smacked a single to center field that brought around Ramirez. The relay throw was off the mark at home plate, but Boston catcher Sandy Leon instinctually fired the ball down to second base to play a play on Chisenhall.
Originally, Chisenhall was ruled safe, but the Red Sox challenged and won when replay showed that Chisenhall did not hold the base throughout the entirety of his slide.
8:20 p.m.-BOSTON TAKES EARLY ADVANTAGE
CLEVELAND -- The Boston Red Sox literally came out swinging against the Cleveland Indians in the top of the first inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field Thursday night.
After being down in the count, 1-2, against Indians starter Trevor Bauer, second baseman Dustin Pedroia belted a double to the wall in right field to lead off the game. Then, Pedroia moved over to third base when fellow infielder Brock Holt singled to right field.
After Bauer struck out right fielder Mookie Betts swinging and got designated hitter David Ortiz to foul out to first baseman Mike Napoli, infielder Hanley Ramirez smoked the first pitch he saw into center field for an RBI double.
On the Ramirez hit, Pedroia scored easily and Holt was called safe at the plate despite an on-the-mark relay from throw from shortstop Francisco Lindor. However, Indians catcher Roberto Perez urged manager Terry Francona to challenge, and he did. A short review of the play showed Perez tagged Holt before he touched home plate, and that out ended the inning.
8:08 p.m-THE PLAYOFFS HAVE ARRIVED
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians are back in the postseason for the first time since 2013, and they play host to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Progressive Field tonight.
Stay tuned for live updates throughout the game.