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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-5 on Friday night. With the victory, Boston advances to 105-49 on the season while Cleveland drops to 85-68 with the loss. Chris Sale started the game for the Red Sox and Trevor Bauer did so for Cleveland. The game was played at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sale was able to get in more work in this one with his longest appearance since being activated off the disabled list in early September. He went 3 and 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs, zero walks and garnering seven strikeouts. Despite the runs, he looked fantastic with pristine control.
Bauer, another AL Cy Young candidate, also was getting work in for the Indians, recently off the disabled list. He pitched a scoreless 1 and 1/3 frame.
The scoring for the Red Sox was highlighted by individual solo-shots from two unassuming players and a scorching four-run 7th inning. Sam Travis recorded his first MLB homerun to get the scoring started for both teams in the top of the third. Fast forward to the top 9th, Tzu-Wei Lin also got a hold of one to also blast his first MLB homerun.
Another storyline of note was Matt Barnes pitching for the first time since early September. He has been dealing with hip inflammation, so seeing him pitch a scoreless frame was huge. Before the ailment forced him to be shutdown, he had arguably been the team’s best reliever.