Indians ride homers, bullpen to win over Red Sox

The Cleveland Indians are hosting the Boston Red Sox today in Game 2 of their ALDS series.

On Thursday night, Francona's avant-garde, if necessity-born, thinking led him not just to call on Miller early, but to ride him for two scoreless innings in which he delivered 40 pitches, more than he'd thrown in any outing this year. Both threw 40 pitches to help Cleveland nail down the victory. It's a deed that has deeply moved Francona, who won two World Series with Boston before joining the Indians, the team his father, Tito, played for from 1959-64. "Tomorrow might be a little bit different design".

Miller said, "At this point, we're all willing to do what it takes to win". "You're certainly not going to see the same exact way [on Friday]. We were up in the strike zone and they made us pay for it". Kluber went 18-9 this season with a 3.14 ERA, and if things go all the way he is likely to step up again for Game 5.

The Cleveland bullpen was able to preserve the lead. Those LI's? 1.21, 0.83, 0.48, 1.32, and 0.88. When Miller entered, the Indians were clinging to a 4-3 lead as Bauer allowed two home runs and Boston starter Rick Porcello surrendered three. If Shaw or Allen had let the lead wash away, then hindsight would have been clear and Miller's absence in those late innings would have loomed large. Cody Allen struck out Jackie Bradley Jr. and Sandy Leon. MacPherson noted the second baseman was "livid" with the call, as he was already on his way to first base because he thought he had checked his swing and earned a walk.

"That's reality for most relievers", he said. "After you get a chance to look at video, he swung".

Holt and Kipnis each had three hits. I've been to dozens of regular season sellout games in my lifetime at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario, and Thursday was my fifth Indians postseason game. Holt then lined a single to right, moving Pedroia to third. Pedroia scored on the hit, and Holt appeared to score as well.

With welts to their rotation, the Indians needed a way to manufacture outs and innings in this series.

Cleveland Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall jumps for but can not reach a Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt solo home run. Ortiz is 1-for-5 against Kluber this season, but does have two home runs in 16 at-bats against him.

By the time the ninth inning came around, the Indians were still up 5-4.

In fact, it was the exact opposite of the way Orioles manager Buck Showalter used his bullpen when he made the ill-fated decision to preserve Zach Britton for the 12th inning (and beyond) during the AL Wild Card Game loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Lindor followed that with another booming home run into the seats in right field.

"Getting nuts", Kipnis said of the second, his own. And the third one our dugout was kind of losing it. He coughed up 30 home runs too, good for the highest home-run rate since his rookie year in 2007.

Red Sox third. Andrew Benintendi homers to right field.

The game didn't end because of any of that stuff though. The three came from Roberto Perez, Jason Kipnis, and Francisco Lindor.

As he watched TV reports of violence and athletes kneeling or raising fists in silent protest during the national anthem, Indians manager Terry Francona felt a need to do more. Price joined the Red Sox in the winter, signing a huge seven-year, $217 million contract to join the Red Sox.

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