Red Sox Wrap: Doug Fister Leads Boston To Win With Impressive Complete Game

by NESN Staff

August 22, 2017

Tuesday was a pretty interesting night for Boston sports fans.

Not only did the Boston Celtics make a blockbuster trade by acquiring Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas, but the Red Sox also evened their series against the Cleveland Indians with a 9-1 win at Progressive Field after a rain delay.

Doug Fister allowed a leadoff home run, but he was pretty impressive the rest of the way en route to the complete-game win. And his offense lent a helping hand.

The Red Sox improved to 72-53 with the win, while the Indians dropped to 69-55 with the loss.

Here’s how it all went down.


And not because of all the basketball talk in Boston. The Red Sox rebounded from Monday night’s tough loss with a big victory against a fellow American League playoff contender.

The Sox scored three runs in the seventh inning. That put the game out of reach for the Indians with the way Fister was pitching.

— Fister allowed a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor in the bottom of the first inning, but he was near perfect the rest of the way.

The right-hander faced the minimum from the second inning on, and he only allowed the one earned run on one hit with two walks and a hit by pitch with six strikeouts.

He became the first member of the Red Sox to toss a one-hit complete game since Jon Lester in May 2013.

— The Sox wasted no time getting on the board, as Hanley Ramirez knocked in Andrew Benintendi with an RBI single in the top of the first.

— Sandy Leon gave Boston back the lead at 2-1 with a sacrifice fly in the second frame.

— Jackie Bradley Jr. increased the Sox’s lead to 3-1 in the fifth with his 14th home run of the season.

— Boston broke the game open in the seventh with a three-run inning. Two of those runs came on an Eduardo Nunez double, while Benintendi drove in Nunez with a double of his own to make it 6-1. Bradley scored one of the runs on Nunez’s double with an impressive slide, but he injured his thumb and didn’t return to the game.

— Nunez added three more runs in the eighth with a three-run home run, making it 9-1 in favor of Boston.

In other Boston sports news…

The Red Sox will continue their four-game series with the Indians on Wednesday. Left-hander Drew Pomeranz is scheduled to return to the mound to face Corey Kluber. First pitch from Progressive Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Thumbnail photo via Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports Images

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