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Fister fires one-hitter as Red Sox rout Indians

By Jim Ingraham, The Sports Xchange
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Ken Blaze | USA Today Sports | BDN
Ken Blaze | USA Today Sports | BDN
Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. scores ahead of Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes' tag during the seventh inning at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

CLEVELAND — It was all Doug Fister, from start to finish.

Fister pitched a one-hitter and Eduardo Nunez had 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 past 23 days, Fister (3-6) gave up a home run to Francisco Lindor leading off the first inning, then held Cleveland scoreless and hitless the rest of the way for his first complete game since Sept. 26, 2014.

He walked two, struck out six and hit a batter while throwing 114 pitches.

“He was outstanding,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “The third pitch of the game gets hit out of the park for a home run, and after that, he pitched nine no-hit innings. A very impressive outing.”

Fister retired the last 14 batters he faced to end the game in recording the first one-hitter by a Boston pitcher since Jon Lester threw one against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 10, 2013.

“He put on a clinic,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He worked quick, was real efficient, he pitched the way you’re supposed to. He went right through us.”

Nunez hit 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.

“He made a lot of mistakes with his fastball, and when he did, he paid for it,” Francona said.

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

But the star of the show was Fister.

“This night was Doug Fister,” Farrell said. “He and (catcher) Sandy Leon were in lockstep. He stayed out of the middle of the plate and had all four pitches working.”

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.

“The ball was carrying, and Cleveland has a strong offense, but after the home run, Doug was in complete control,” Farrell said.

“The first batter made me pay for a bad curveball, and that kind of knocked me back a little,” Fister said. “That’s a quality offense, but our guys played great defense behind me, and our offense was great. Everything worked.”

After Lindor’s home run, Cleveland only had three baserunners, none of whom got past first base.

“He located his fastball with movement, changed speeds, and when he did make mistakes, we didn’t hit them,” Francona said.

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

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

Nunez’s two-run double in the seventh inning was followed by an RBI double by Benintendi, as the Red Sox stretched a 3-1 lead to 6-1.

Bradley on disabled list

Bradley was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb, the team announced Wednesday.

To fill the spot on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox recalled infielder Deven Marrero from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Wednesday night’s road game against the Cleveland Indians.

Bradley, 27, suffered the injury in the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Indians while sliding awkwardly into home plate to avoid a tag by catcher Yan Gomes. Bradley was ruled safe but appeared to twist his left hand, shaking the hand as he stood up. His diagnosis followed an MRI on Wednesday in Boston.

Bradley is batting .262 with 14 home runs, 54 RBIs and 50 runs scored for the Red Sox this season. He has a .992 fielding percentage with four assists in 106 starts in center field.

Bradley has appeared in 501 major league games since being selected by Boston in the supplemental round (40th overall) in 2011, batting .243 with 54 home runs, 224 RBIs and 250 runs scored.

Marrero, 26, has hit safely in each of his last 10 games at Triple-A, batting .447 (17-for-38) with three doubles and two home runs in that span. In 58 games over three stints with Boston this season, he is hitting .212 with seven doubles, three home runs and 23 RBI.

Marrero is batting .208 with four home runs and 26 RBIs over 96 career major league games, all with Boston (2015-17).

 


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