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Fister fires 1-hitter, Nunez has 5 RBIs in Boston's 9-1 win

The Sports Xchange
August 22. 2017 11:37PM
Boston starter Doug Fister delivers a pitch during the first inning of Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

CLEVELAND — Doug Fister pitched a one-hitter and Eduardo Nunez had two hits, including a home run, and a career-high five RBIs as the Boston Red Sox rolled to a 9-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

In his third start against Cleveland in the last 23 days, Fister (3-6) gave up a home run to Francisco Lindor leading off the first inning, then held Cleveland scoreless and hitless for the rest of the way for his first complete game since Sept. 26, 2014. He walked two and struck out six.

Nunez had a two-run double in the seventh inning and a three-run homer in the eighth.

Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (12-6) pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up six runs and eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered for the Red Sox, who had 12 hits, five of them for extra bases.

In the first inning, Boston’s Andrew Benintendi reached base when he grounded into a forceout at second. Benintendi stole second and scored on a single by Hanley Ramirez on a 3-2 pitch from Carrasco, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.

Cleveland quickly tied it when Lindor led off the bottom half with his 21st home run of the season, which went into the seats in right field.

Boston scored again in the second inning, which began with a double to left-center field by Xander Bogaerts. He went to third on an infield groundout by Mitch Moreland and a sacrifice fly by Sandy Leon to the base of the left field wall scored Bogaerts to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.

Boston extended its lead in the fifth on Bradley Jr.’s 14th home run, a solo shot over the center field wall.

NOTES: Indians 2B Jason Kipnis was removed from the game in the third inning because of right hamstring tightness. ... Boston OF Jackie Bradley Jr. left the game in the seventh inning with a left thumb injury. ... The Indians placed LHP Andrew Miller (right knee patellar tendinitis) and RHP Danny Salazar (right elbow inflammation) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP Shawn Armstrong and INF/OF Yandy Diaz from Triple-A Columbus. ... Indians 1B Carlos Santana, who was removed from Monday’s game in the eighth inning with tightness in his lower back, did not play and is expected to be out for a few days. ... Boston placed RHP Matt Barnes on the 10-day DL with a lower back strain. To replace Barnes on the roster, the Red Sox recalled RHP Hector Velazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket.


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