The Indians outhit the Red Sox Wednesday night, 8-7. The Red Sox, on the other hand, outscored the Indians 6-4.
It might have had something to do with the four homers.
Yes, it was quite the power show put on by the Red Sox against one of the game's best arms in Corey Kluber, as they continue to look like the offensive threat of a team they were always supposed to be. The only difference is that, well, it's not because of the guys you'd have expected back in March. Or even July.
Well, okay, David ortiz did contribute. In fact, he started the whole thing off. After just missing his 26th homer of the season on Tuesday, Ortiz got just enough under a fastball that Kluber left in his wheelhouse to push the ball out of reach of Lonnie Chisenhall in right field to make it 1-0. Four pitches later, and Travis Shaw took Kluber deep the other way, going down after a low fastball for a solo shot into the Monster seats.
Those would not be the only back-to-back homers of the night for the Sox. In the bottom of the fourth, with two down and men on the corners, Jackie Bradley Jr. went with another fastball, this time outside, for another homer to left, this one bouncing off the light tower. With Bradley barely in the dugout, Kluber decided maybe that was enough fastballs, and proceeded to hang a slider to Ryan Hanigan. It, too, headed towards the Monster, clearing it entirely and heading into the Fenway night. 6-0, Sox.
The Indians would still make a game of it, but surprisingly enough, it was not any fault of Joe Kelly's. There were some signs of meltdown the second time through the order again. Two singles in the fourth were only erased by a 3-6-1 double play, and while it was an error that ultimately proved the difference in ending his shutout in the fifth, Kelly did allow three baserunners in the frame in his own right, once again surviving on a double play. But even with a double and a walk in the sixth, the Indians weren't able to push across a second run--or a first earned run--against Kelly, who more than did his job on the mound.
But of course, the final score was 6-4, not 6-1. Because Jean Machi pitched, and it was not pretty. After Tommy Layne allowed a single in the process of recording two strikeouts to start the eighth, Machi entered, walked Jerry Sands, and promptly surrendered a three-run homer to Yan Gomes.
But in the end, that was all just noise, at least for everyone not named Jean Machi. The Sox escaped the eighth, and Junichi Tazawa produced his first save of the season to lock down the win.