Lit by a power surge

Cleve­land holds on af­ter hit­ting three homers in third

Baltimore Sun - - MLB PLAYOFFS - By Tom Withers

CLEVE­LAND — Fran­cisco Lin­dor’s home run capped Cleve­land’s three­homer ram­page in the third in­ning against 22-game win­ner Rick Por­cello, and the In­di­ans held on for a 5-4 win over the Bos­ton Red Sox on Thurs­day night in their Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Se­ries opener.

Lin­dor, Ja­son Kip­nis and Robert Perez went deep in the third off Por­cello, who lasted 41⁄ in­nings in his short­est out­ing this year.

Be­fore a sea of red-towel wav­ing, scream­ing fans, the In­di­ans landed the first blow in the best-of-five se­ries against David Or­tiz and the AL East cham­pi­ons.

An­drew Miller, ac­quired by Cleve­land in a July trade for an Oc­to­ber night like this, pitched two score­less in­nings for the win. Sum­moned by man­ager Terry Fran­cona ear­lier than usual, the lefty struck out Or­tiz with two on to end the fifth and threw a sea­son-high 40 pitches.

Bryan Shaw gave up a lead­off homer to Bos­ton’s Brock Holt in the eighth that made it 5-4 be­fore Cody Allen struck out Xan­der Bo­gaerts with the po­ten­tial ty­ing run at third to end the in­ning. Bos­ton put a run­ner on with two outs in the ninth but Allen fanned Dustin Pe­droia on a full-count checked swing, his 40th pitch, for the save. Pe­droia was livid, and Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell went onto the field to ques­tion plate um­pire Brian Knight.

Or­tiz went 1-for-4 with a dou­ble in the first game of his fi­nal post­sea­son.

Rookie An­drew Ben­in­tendi and Sandy Leon also Fran­cisco Lin­dor cel­e­brates as he runs the bases af­ter hit­ting a solo home run in the third in­ning off Rick Por­cello. RED SOX VS. IN­DI­ANS In­di­ans lead 1-0 In­di­ans 5-4 4:30 p.m. to­day Red Sox (Price 17-9) at In­di­ans (Klu­ber 18-9) Game 3: 4 p.m. Sun­day In­di­ans (Tom­lin 13-9) at Red Sox (Buch­holz 8-10) Game 4: TBA Mon­day* In­di­ans (un­de­cided) at Red Sox (Ro­driguez 3-7) Game 5: TBA Wed­nes­day* Red Sox at In­di­ans x-if nec­es­sary; TV: TBS home­red for the Red Sox, who will start David Price in Game 2 in the shad­ows to­day against Cleve­land ace Corey Klu­ber.

Cleve­land un­loaded on Por­cello in the third, con­nect­ing for the three homers in a nine-pitch span.

Perez started the salvo with just his sec­ond homer in 82 at-bats at home this sea­son. One out later, Kip­nis drove a pitch over the wall in right-cen­ter, giv­ing Cleve­land a 3-2 lead, then Lin­dor home­red to right.


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