Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez reaches to tag Boston Red Sox runner Brock Holt out at home plate in the first inning during Game 1 of their AL Division Series on Thursday in Cleveland. ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians beat the Red Sox 5-4 in a tense opening game of the AL Division series tonight at Progressive Field.
The Indians lead the Red Sox 5-3 through six innings of a tense opening game of the AL Division series tonight at Progressive Field.
Neither starter made it out of the fifth inning. Cleveland's Trevor Bauer allowed three runs on six hits over 4⅔ innings before Indians manger Terry Francona summoned shutdown reliever Andrew Miller. Cy Young Award candidate Rick Porcello yielded five runs on six hits — three of which were homers — in 4⅓ innings.
It is hard to tell what is louder at Progressive Field tonight: the Indians' bats or their rollicking crowd.
Before a full-throated sold-out audience here for the franchise's first postseason series since 2007, Cleveland walloped three third-inning home runs against Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello to take a 4-2 lead over Boston through three innings of Game 1 of the AL Division Series.
No. 9-hitter Roberto Perez led off the third with an opposite-field homer to right field while Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor followed with back-to-back shots.
Indians starter Trevor Bauer has allowed two runs on four hits through three innings.