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.
The Red Sox literally came out swinging against the Indians in the top of the first inning.
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
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