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Final: Indians 6, Red Sox 5 – Boston’s rally proves to be fruitless

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What looked to be shaping up as one of the Red Sox' more encouraging results of the last couple of months went south in a hurry on Monday, as Boston ultimately came up short against the Indians, 6-5, at Progressive Field. 

The Red Sox, who have now lost 12 of their last 15 games, did manage to erase a four-run deficit over the course of the contest, with an RBI double off the bat of Xander Bogaerts knotting the game up at five runs apiece with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Boston's rally proved to be fruitless, however, as Carlos Santana lofted a pitch from Marcus Walden into the first row of seats out in left field in the bottom of the frame to close out the win for Cleveland.

While Walden was tagged with the loss, Eduardo Rodriguez didn't do his club any favors in his start, with the lefty surrendering 10 hits and five runs — all earned — over six innings of work. Boston will be right back at it tomorrow against Cleveland, with Chris Sale looking to stop the bleeding against the Indians' Steve Clevinger. 

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WHO: Red Sox (62-58) @ Cleveland Indians (71-47)
WHEN: 7:10 p.m.
WHERE: Progressive Field
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Eduardo Rodrigez (13-5, 4.17 ERA) vs. RHP Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.13 ERA)
TV/RADIO: NESN/WEEI 93.7 FM

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And that will do it. A solo blast from Carlos Santana ends it in the bottom of the ninth. The Red Sox fall to the Indians, 6-5, and have now dropped 12 of their last 15 games.

9th Inning: And with two outs in the ninth inning, Xander Bogaerts ties things up with an RBI double. Looked like Tyler Naquin had that one in his sights. We head to the bottom of the ninth, tied up, 5-5.

8th Inning: Brutal. The Red Sox manage to get runners on second and third in the top of the eighth, but Brock Holt lines out to first to end the scoring threat for Boston. The Sox have left 11 men on base so far tonight.

Meanwhile, Hernandez and Walden get out of the bottom of the frame. On to the ninth.

7th Inning: At last, a shutdown inning for the Red Sox. After a solo shot from Bradley in the top of the seventh made it a one-run game, Boston escapes an inning unscathed, as Darwinzon Hernández escapes the bottom of the seventh despite allowing a leadoff double. 

LINEUPS 

Red Sox

Mookie Betts RF
Rafael Devers 3B
Xander Bogaerts SS
J.D. Martinez DH
Andrew Benintendi LF
Christian Vazquez C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Brock Holt 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Indians 

Francisco Lindor SS
Oscar Mercado CF
Carlos Santana 1B
Franmil Reyes DH
Jose Ramirez 3B
Roberto Perez C
Jason Kipnis 2B
Greg Allen LF
Tyler Naquin RF