In­di­ans gouge Price

Lefty’s post­sea­son woes con­tinue as Red Sox trail 2-0

Baltimore Sun - - MLB PLAYOFFS - By Tom Withers

CLEVE­LAND — Corey Klu­ber car­ried a shutout into the eighth in­ning and Lon­nie Chisen­hall hit a three-run homer off post­sea­son-cursed David Price, giv­ing the In­di­ans a 6-0 win over the Red Sox on Fri­day and a 2-0 lead in their Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Se­ries.

Show­ing no signs of a late- sea­son leg in­jury, Klu­ber lim­ited the AL East cham­pi­ons to three hits over seven in­nings as the In­di­ans moved within one win of re­turn­ing to the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries for the first time since 2007.

“We don’t have the big names, the big con­tracts or any of that stuff,” sec­ond base­man Ja­son Kip­nis said. “But we have 25 guys who love to com­pete and have bought into this team. That’s what we’ve got.”

David Or­tiz and the Red Sox are in se­ri­ous trou­ble and have to hope they can get things turned around Sun­day in Game 3 at Fen­way Park. If not, their turn­around sea­son and Big Papi’s ca­reer will be over.

“Backs against the wall,” man­ager John Far­rell said. “It’s pretty clear what lies ahead of us.”

Chisen­hall con­nected in the sec­ond in­ning off Price, who fell to 0-8 in nine play­off starts and must now face the wrath of Red Sox Na­tion. The left-han­der lasted just 31⁄ in­nings and once again crum­bled with a chance to si­lence crit­ics who say he can’t pitch in the big game.

“I know my num­ber is go­ing to be called again to pitch an­other game in 2016,” Price said. “I want it. I’ll be ready.”

Price came in 10-2 in his Lon­nie Chisen­hall re­acts af­ter hit­ting a three-run home run Fri­day that helped the In­di­ans de­feat the Red Sox. ca­reer against the In­di­ans, in­clud­ing a 5-0 mark at Pro­gres­sive Field. But that didn’t mean any­thing to these In­di­ans, who strung to­gether four straight hits — three of them soft sin­gles — to put him in a 4-0 hole af­ter just two in­nings.

That’s all Klu­ber needed. Mak­ing his first post­sea­son start, the Cy Young Award can­di­date had few is­sues with the Red Sox, who missed a chance to do some da­m­age against him in the fourth. Klu­ber was pitch­ing for the first time since strain­ing his quadri­ceps on Sept. 26.

“We talked be­fore the game about would he be a lit­tle bit rusty or would he be re­ally good?” In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona said. “He an­swered that ques­tion.

“He was ter­rific. You go through that lineup and don’t give up runs, you’re pitch­ing.”

AARON JOSEFCZYK/AP

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