CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor made a serious blunder and owned it.
“I messed up,” the All-Star shortstop stated. “It’s a rookie mistake.”
Lindor’s over-aggressive base operating within the ninth inning sabotaged Cleveland’s bid at one other dramatic win, and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered within the 10th inning because the Boston Red Sox edged the Indians 7-6 on Tuesday night time after blowing a late lead and potential win for ace Chris Sale.
Boston’s Rafael Devers grew to become the primary participant in main league historical past with six hits and 4 doubles — and he made a pricey error at third base — because the Red Sox received for simply the fourth time in 16 video games.
Bradley drove a 2-0 pitch from Nick Wittgren (4-1) over the wall in proper subject for his 14th homer, permitting the Red Sox to hold on in a recreation that had quite a few twists and turns.
“It actually did feel like a playoff game,” stated Red Sox supervisor Alex Cora, who couldn’t keep in mind making as many strikes in a regular-season recreation. “If we want to make it, we’ve got to start our playoffs before anyone else.”
Boston was on the verge of letting a win slip away earlier than Lindor helped the Red Sox with a choice he’d like to have again.
With the Indians down 6-5 within the ninth, Greg Allen singled, stole second and scored when Lindor doubled with one out into the hole in left-center. He skipped into second base in celebration after which acquired daring.
With rookie Oscar Mercado on the plate, Lindor inexplicably tried to swipe third and was thrown out. Mercado then flew out, ending the Indians’ last risk.
“I felt good,” Lindor defined. “When I took off, I felt like I was gonna make it. Just getting ahead of myself. That was my bad. That’s on me. This one’s on me.”
Indians supervisor Terry Francona didn’t have an issue with Lindor’s gamble.
“It’s bang-bang and if he makes it, we probably win,” Francona stated. “And I don’t want to take our aggressiveness away because every once in a while you are going to be out.”
The win was something however simple because the Red Sox blew a 6-1 lead over the ultimate 4 innings, costing Sale his seventh win on an evening when he additionally made historical past by attending to 2,000 profession strikeouts sooner than some other pitcher.
Brandon Workman (9-1) acquired the win regardless of letting the Indians tie it within the ninth on Lindor’s double. Andrew Cashner, acquired final month from Baltimore, labored the 10th for his first profession save in his 10th main league season.
Carlos Santana homered for the third straight recreation and Franmil Reyes linked for the Indians, 43-18 since June 4 and now a half-game behind Minnesota within the AL Central.
Sale got here in needing 5 strikeouts to succeed in 2,000. He struck out the aspect within the first, added his fourth within the second and Sale reached the plateau within the third by fanning Mercado on a depraved, 81 mph slider.
According to data supplied by the Red Sox, Sale bettered Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez’s mark by attending to 2,000 Ks in 1,626 innings. Martinez reached it in 1,711 1/3 innings, Randy Johnson took 1,733 1/3 innings and Max Scherzer 1,784.
Career strikeout chief Nolan Ryan (5,714) wanted 1,865 2/3 innings.
“It’s cool. It’s special,” Sale stated. “I’m not a guy who is really into his stats, but I respect it. I appreciate what it means. A lot of people put in a lot of hard work to help me get there.”
Indians two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber pitched 4 innings at Double-A Akron, his newest cease as works again from a damaged proper arm. He allowed two hits — one homer — walked one and struck out six.
Once they end with Boston, the Indians start a four-game collection in New York towards the Yankees, adopted by three video games with the Mets.
They’ll keep in a Manhattan lodge for the complete journey, and Francona is nervous about per diem.
“Pretty much guarantee that a lot of guys come home with no money,” he stated. “We get to set up shop and stay put for seven days. Just got to make sure everybody goes to the right ballpark, especially the young guys. Make sure they know what train they’re getting on or whatever.”
Red Sox: LHP David Price (left wrist cyst) performed catch for the second day in a row and supervisor Alex Cora stated he will likely be examined Wednesday to find out a timetable for his return. He is eligible to return off the 10-day injured checklist Thursday.
Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco threw a bullpen session and did fielding work, extra constructive developments in his battle with leukemia. Manager Terry Francona stated Carrasco, out since June 5, desires to pitch to stay hitters Friday, however wants medical clearance. “The fact that he feels he’s ready to do that is tremendous,” he stated. “Even if this just helps him feel better, that’s OK with us.”
Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-1, 7.32 ERA) will begin on common relaxation after Cora used scheduled starter Nathan Eovaldi within the eighth.
Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (12-4, 3.28 ERA) makes his team-high 25th begin. The All-Star Game MVP is 6-1 with a 2.40 ERA over his final eight outings.