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9:51 p.m.-CLEVELAND INDIANS ADVANCE TO ALCS WITH SWEEP OF BOSTON RED SOX
For the first time in nine years, the Cleveland Indians are on their way to the American League Championship Series.
The Indians earned the berth into the ALCS by finishing off the three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox in the best-of-five matchup with a 4-3 win in Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park Monday night.
With the win over Boston, the Indians will face off against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS, starting with Game 1 at Progressive Field on Friday night.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin allowed just two earned runs and four hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five-plus innings of work against Boston. Both he and the bullpen got the necessary help from the offense to finish off the sweep.
The Indians collected seven hits and two walks, and turned those base runners into four runs, thanks to a two-run homer from left fielder Coco Crisp in the top of the sixth inning and center fielder Tyler Naquin’s two-run single in the top of the fourth.
9:20 p.m.-RED SOX TRIM INDIANS LEAD TO ONE
The Boston Red Sox continued to pressure the Cleveland Indians’ bullpen and trimmed the deficit down to a run, 4-3, in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park.
With Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts on second base after hitting into a fielder’s choice and designated hitter David Ortiz on via a four-pitch walk, first baseman Hanley Ramirez smacked a 2-0 pitch from Indians closer Cody Allen into left-center field and drove in Betts.
8:30 p.m.-RED SOX GET RUN BACK IN SIXTH
Down by three runs heading into the sixth inning, the Boston Red Sox got one run back on a sacrifice fly off the bat of designated hitter David Ortiz to center against Cleveland Indians left-handed reliever Andrew Miller.
With second baseman Dustin Pedroia on third base after a lead-off single that drove Indians starter Josh Tomlin from the game and a double from right fielder Mookie Betts off of the wall in left field, Ortiz hit a low pitch on a line to center field. Although reserve outfielder Rajai Davis tracked down the ball for the second out of the inning, Pedroia scooted down the third-base line for Boston’s second run of the game.
Miller shut the door on a bigger rally for the Red Sox in the sixth inning when he set down first baseman Hanley Ramirez on strikes.
8:10 p.m.-INDIANS GET TO BOSTON'S BULLPEN
The bullpen for the Boston Red Sox did not surrender a run in the first 23 innings of the American League Division Series, but the Cleveland Indians got to their former farm-hand, Drew Pomeranz, with one out in the top of the sixth inning.
After third baseman Jose Ramirez drew a lead-off walk on just five pitches, right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall sacrificed himself to move the runner into scoring position. Then, despite being down in the count, 1-2, left fielder Coco Crisp smacked a two-run home run over the wall in left-center field.
Crisp’s home run gave the Indians a 4-1 lead over the Red Sox.
7:50 p.m.-RED SOX CUT INDIANS LEAD IN HALF
The Boston Red Sox cut the Cleveland Indians’ lead in half, 2-1, with an RBI single from left fielder Andrew Benintendi in the bottom of the fifth inning of Game 3 at Fenway Park.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts started the rally when he smacked a looping single to center field off of Indians starter Josh Tomlin. Then, Benintendi followed with a double off of “The Green Monster” in left field, and that brought around Bogaerts for Boston’s first run of the game.
Bogaerts was on the first-base side of second when Benintendi’s double ricocheted off the wall, and Indians left fielder Coco Crisp fielded the ball cleanly. However, Crisp’s relay throw to shortstop Francisco Lindor bounced in the grass, and although his throw to catcher Roberto Perez was on target, it was a half-second late as Bogaerts slid head first and touched home plate ahead of the tag.
7:23 p.m.-INDIANS BREAK THROUGH WITH PAIR OF RUNS IN FOURTH
The Cleveland Indians knocked on the door in each of their first three at-bats, but they finally broke through in the top of the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park.
Center fielder Tyler Naquin delivered a one-out, two-run single to right field that plated third baseman Jose Ramirez and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall, and that hit gave the Indians a 2-0 lead over the Red Sox.
Ramirez began the inning with a single to right field, and Chisenhall followed by fighting off two pitches before drawing a walk against Boston starter Clay Buckholz. Left fielder Coco Crisp moved each of the runners up a base when he dropped down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher’s mound, which set up Naquin’s single.
Naquin advanced to second base on a groundout to Dustin Pedroia. The veteran infielder dove at the grounder off the bat of catcher Roberto Perez and snagged it in the webbing of his glove before popping up and firing to first base for the out. Designated hitter Carlos Santana struck out swinging to end the threat in the fourth.