In­di­ans hit 3 homers off Por­cello, top Red Sox

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Tom Withers

Fran­cisco Lin­dor’s homer 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 AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries opener.

Lin­dor, Ja­son Kip­nis and Robert Perez went deep in the third off Por­cello, who lasted 4.1 in­nings in his short­est out­ing this year.

Be­fore a sea of red-towel wav­ing, scream­ing fans, the In­di­ans landed the first blow in the be­stof-5 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 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 checked-swing, his 40th pitch, for the save. Pe­droia was livid, and Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell went onto the field to ques­tion the call.

Or­tiz went 1 for 4 with a dou-

AARON JOSEFCZYK — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cleveland’s Ja­son Kip­nis cel­e­brates his solo home run against Bos­ton in the third in­ning dur­ing Game 1 Thurs­day in Cleveland.

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