The Boston Red Sox are back on track.
After dropping the first two contests of a four-game set against Cleveland, the Red Sox dispatched the Indians 10-4 on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
The victory halted a three-game losing streak for the Red Sox, allowing them to avoid a four-game skid that would’ve been their longest of the season.
Boston’s bats were ice-cold in the first two contests, but they heated up in Wednesday’s win. Xander Bogaerts smacked a pair of homers and Mitch Moreland added one of his own. Furthermore, every Red Sox starter had at least one hit.
With the win, the Red So climb to 89-39, while the Indians fall to 73-53.
Here’s how it went down:
GAME IN A WORD
After two less-than-stellar performances to begin the series, the Red Sox bounced back nicely Wednesday night.
ON THE BUMP
— It wasn’t the prettiest showing, but as has been the case throughout the season, Brian Johnson gave his team a chance to win. The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 4 1/3 innings.
Things got off to a chaotic start for the southpaw, as he gave up a leadoff double to Francisco Lindor. After getting the next two outs, Johnson surrendered a two-run blast to Edwin Encarnacion to give the Indians an early lead.
Johnson responded with a 1-2-3 second inning and got out of the third without issue, despite giving up a leadoff double. He allowed two runners to reach in the fourth via a single and hitting a batter, but neither scored.
The lefty gave up a leadoff walk in the fifth before recording an out, with the out marking the end of his night.
— Heath Hembree took over for Johnson in the fifth with one on and one out, and after getting a second out gave up the second two-run shot of the game to Encarnacion, cutting Boston’s lead to 6-4.
— Brandon Workman came in for the sixth and tossed a 1-2-3 frame.
— Matt Barnes pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.
— Joe Kelly allowed a single and a walk in a scoreless eighth.
— Ryan Brasier closed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— The Sox’s offense was handed an early two-run deficit in the first, but they cut it in half right away.
Andrew Benintendi reached on a fielding error and moved to third on a groundout and wild pitch. With Benintendi on third, J.D. Martinez brought him in with a single before getting stranded to end the inning.
— Boston did a good bit of damage in the fourth, scoring five runs.
Bogaerts tied the game with a one-out homer, followed by three straight singles from Ian Kinsler, Brock Holt and Blake Swihart, with Swihart’s hit bringing in Kinsler.
After a Jackie Bradley Jr. strikeout, Mookie Betts worked a walk to load the bases. Benintendi then cleared the bases with a double, upping the Red Sox’s advantage to 6-2. Boston threatened again immediately by putting two more runners on, but couldn’t do any further damage.
— Moreland added some insurance in the sixth. Following a Bradley leadoff double, Moreland put a two-run blast into the bullpen with two down to put the Sox ahead 8-4.
— Bogaerts went deep a second time in the seventh, drilling another solo shot to extend Boston’s lead to 9-4.
— Although they already led comfortably, the Sox piled on another run in the eighth. With runners on first and second, Martinez knocked a ball off the Green Monster to bring in one and up Boston’s lead to 10-4.
— Martinez, Moreland, Bogaerts, Kinsler and Bradley led the Sox with two hits apiece.
— Betts, Benintendi, Holt and Swihart all had one hit.
TWEET OF THE DAY
The Red Sox and Indians will finish up their four-game set Thursday afternoon. David Price is set to get the ball for Boston and will be opposed by Adam Plutko. First pitch from Fenway Park is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.
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