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Encarnacion's 2 HRs power Indians past Red Sox

The Sports Xchange
August 14. 2017 10:00PM
Cleveland's Edwin Encarnacion celebrates with teammate Carlos Santana after hitting a two-run homer against the Red Sox during the fifth inning of Monday's game at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON — Edwin Encarnacion crushed a pair of two-run homers as the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Monday night at Fenway Park.

Rookie Rafael Devers hit two homers for the Red Sox, giving him five in 16 games since making his major league debut on July 25.

Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (11-8) struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs (all on solo homers), seven hits and two walks.

In his past four starts, Bauer is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA, giving up six combined runs with 33 strikeouts and four walks.

With the score tied in the fifth inning, Encarnacion turned on a fastball from Boston starter Doug Fister (2-6) and gave Cleveland a 5-3 lead.

With two outs in the sixth, Encarnacion launched a 96 mph fastball from Heath Hembree, Boston’s third pitcher of the game, into the seats above the Green Monster for a 7-3 Indians advantage.

Jose Ramirez scored on both of Encarnacion’s homers.

The Indians scored three runs in the second, highlighted by Francisco Lindor’s two-run single, as they batted around while forcing Fister to throw 41 pitches in the inning. However, the damage could have been much greater. Cleveland left the bases loaded when Encarnacion popped out to end the inning.

The Red Sox tied the score with solo home runs in the second, third and fourth innings — with the two from Devers and another by rookie Andrew Benintendi.

The game was the makeup for an Aug. 2 rainout, the finale of what would have been a three-game series. The Red Sox won the first two games of the series.

NOTES: Indians LHP Andrew Miller (right patellar tendinitis) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance on Wednesday with Triple-A Columbus. If he comes through that outing without a problem, he could rejoin the Indians on Friday when they open a three-game series in Kansas City. ... Indians 2B Jason Kipnis was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Thursday after he tweaked his right hamstring. He was activated from the disabled on Aug. 5 after missing 22 games due to the same ailment. ... Cleveland S Francisco Lindor has reached base safely in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors. ... Red Sox LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) still has no timetable for a return. Manager John Farrell said Price must complete a progression of throwing from a mound and facing live batters before he can go out on a rehab stint. ... Boston LF Andrew Benintendi extended his hitting streak to eight games with a third-inning homer.

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