Red Sox nuggets: Boston walks off with wildest win of the season


With the Indians up 7-5 on the Red Sox in the bottom of the fifth, Hanley Ramirez connected on what he was sure was a home run.

Indians: Carlos Carrasco (10-4, 3.58) is set to start the second game of the series.

Now the tables are turned, and it's Dombrowski marveling at the Yankees' stacked roster. "Just made bad pitches at bad times, honestly".

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Mitch Moreland struck out but reached base on a wild pitch from Indians closer Cody Allen.

Carrasco delivered a quality start in four of his five July outings and is coming off a no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday in which he allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Ramirez drove a slider to deep center. Porcello has been getting a little better and I think he can continue to improve tonight against the Indians. You have to grind; you can't give in or give up.

"In the moment, you see yourself going down head first, so you do whatever you can to break [the fall]".

I hadn't thought this team was in need of leadership, as they seem to really care about each other, almost tripping over themselves to show how they have each other's backs. "For me to pop the balloon there, it stung", he admitted.

Bradley Zimmer hit a two-run homer for AL Central-leading Cleveland, which lost its second straight after a season-high nine-game winning streak. Christian Vazquez was the next batter.

For sheer thrills, comebacks, twists and turns that keep you guessing at the outcome as if you were reading a great mystery novel, and one of the most unbelievable catches you'll ever see, this one was the antithesis of boring.

"I think the biggest thing is we need for our guys that are now here to get back on track", Farrell said.

The postponement might count as a sigh of relief for the Indians and their reeling pitching staff. Cleveland's starters accounted for only 8 2/3 innings in the club's previous three games.

"Luckily I had some guys in my corner".

"We just can't let him go out and play until he's completely in the clear", Francona said. "In the end it was nice to get the win". The Red Sox are now 59-49 overall and 32-20 at home while the Indians are 57-48 overall and 29-24 on the road.

Sale wasn't alone in his struggles during Tuesday night's slugfest.

While a reliever such as Reed would address the bullpen's need, the Red Sox believe that recently acquired utility man Eduardo Nunez can spark an offense that lacks home run power and is prone to widespread scoring outages.