Who will WIN this matchup?
Boston Red Sox (62-59)
@ Cleveland Indians (72-47)
Sale (BOS): 6-11; 4.41 ERA
Clevinger (CLE) 7-2; 3.02 ERA
Last 10 Games Played:
Boston Red Sox: 3-7
Cleveland Indians: 8-2
Boston Red Sox: (-114)
Cleveland Indians: (+104)
• The Cleveland Indians have taken over first place in the American League Central for the first time since April 19 and look to stay there at least one more day when they host the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Carlos Santana belted a walk-off, solo homer leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to take the series opener 6-5 from the Red Sox on Monday as the Indians passed the idle Minnesota Twins for the top spot by one-half game in the division. Santana, who leads the team with 26 homers and 71 RBIs, is 7-for-16 with two longballs, seven runs batted in and six runs scored over his last four games, while teammate Franmil Reyes launched his first home run Monday since being acquired before the trade deadline. Right-hander Mike Clevinger attempts to keep his hot streak going when he takes the mound for Cleveland in the second of three games, while lefty Chris Sale looks to match his last performance in a battle of Florida natives.
• The Red Sox battled back from a 5-1 deficit to tie it with two outs in the ninth inning, but Marcus Walden served up Santana’s winning homer as Boston fell for the 12th time in 15 games to deal their AL wild-card hopes another big blow. J.D. Martinez whacked a solo homer and added a single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games (19-for-43, five homers, nine RBIs, 11 runs) on Monday for the Red Sox, who have lost six straight road games.
• Sale comes in off one of his best starts of the season Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels, allowing two hits over eight scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts. The 30-year-old, who needs five strikeouts to reach 2,000 in his career, had given up 14 runs across nine innings over his previous two outings. Francisco Lindor is 10-for-24 with a homer versus Sale, who is 5-8 with a 4.80 ERA in 30 career appearances (19 starts) against the Indians.
• Clevinger won his fifth straight start and sixth consecutive decision Thursday after limiting Minnesota to two runs on three hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over seven innings. The 28-year-old has permitted two or fewer runs in six of his last seven outings and boasts 89 strikeouts across 62 2/3 innings overall this year. Martinez is 4-for-6 with two doubles against Clevinger, who is 0-1 with an 8.03 ERA in three career starts versus Boston.
• The Red Sox placed INF Michael Chavis (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list Monday while recalling INF Marco Hernandez and RHP Travis Lakins.
• Cleveland OF Yasiel Puig will miss the series while serving a three-game suspension for his involvement in a fight during his last game with Cincinnati on July 29.
• Boston’s Xander Bogaerts, who had two hits Monday, needs one homer to become the sixth shortstop in franchise history to belt 100 in his career.
Top Pick Record for Month: 11-6