The game was tied at three between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the fifth-inning at Fenway Park on a Monday afternoon on Memorial Day. Boston’s offense exploded for six runs in that inning and it was one of the main reasons why they took down Cleveland 12-5.
During that inning, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had an RBI double for the Red Sox. Sandy Leon also hit a three-run homer in that inning and it was off of Oliver Perez.
It was a game that shouldn’t have slipped away from the Indians especially since they were up 3-0 early in the game.
Jason Kipnis had an RBI single in the first-inning and Roberto Perez grounded out to shortstop on a fielder’s choice and Perez got an RBI out of it.
Jake Bauers had an RBI ground out in the third-inning.
Mookie Betts had an RBI single in the third-inning for Boston, but Andrew Benintendi was able to score because of an error. Later in that inning, Betts scored on a wild pitch.
The Boston Red Sox tied the game at three in the bottom of the fourth-inning on a Brock Holt RBI single.
When it was 9-3 Boston in the bottom of the sixth-inning, J.D. Martinez hit a solo home run off of Dan Otero.
Cleveland scored two more runs in the top of the seventh-inning on a Roberto Perez RBI single and a Mike Freeman RBI double.
The Red Sox tacked on two more runs in the game on a Jackie Bradley Jr. RBI double in the seventh-inning and a solo home run by J.D. Martinez in the eighth-inning off of Adam Cimber.
Ricky Porcello (4-4) was the winning pitcher for Boston. He pitched six innings and gave up five runs. Porcello also walked three batters and struck out eight.
Jefry Rodriguez (1-5) was the losing pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. He gave up eight hits and seven runs. Rodriguez also walked three batters and struck out six.
The projected starting pitchers for Tuesday night’s contest at Fenway Park will be Zach Plesac (0-0, 0.00 ERA) for Cleveland. He will be making his MLB debut. Plesec made six starts in Double-A with the Akron Rubberducks this season and he also made three starts in Triple-A with the Columbus Clippers.
David Price (2-2, 3.84 ERA) is expected to be the staring pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.