A throwing error by first baseman Brock Holt on a bunted ball in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed the winning run to score as the Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Monday night at Progressive Field.
The team announced that Miller was suffering from re-aggravated patellar tendinitis, so it may be a matter of bringing him back from the disabled list too soon.
"He threw one pitch and really felt it", Francona said.
The left-hander is 4-3 with a 1.65 ERA and has 79 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings. Moreland took a forearm in the back of the head from Holt on a play Sunday. Carrasco was unable to get out of the second inning despite being staked to a five-run lead versus Boston three weeks ago. I thought it was more important to set up our pitching, and going into that last weekend, I think (Yan) Gomes hit a home run to win one game in Kansas City, and it's like, (relievers Andrew) Miller, (Cody) Allen and (Bryan) Shaw all came to me and said 'We want to pitch'. The bullpen held the Indians to no runs until the eighth inning, when Encarnacion singled to left field scoring Lindor and tying the game up at four a piece. Foltynewicz has now allowed six-plus earned runs in his last three starts.
The Sox were able to strike early on an Andrew Benintendi two run laser shot to right field.
The season edge was huge, said Indians manager Terry Francona Monday.
And Indians play-by-play announcer Tom Hamilton seemed a little shocked by the sequence that gave Cleveland the win. Wendelstedt finished the inning, but left while Miller was warming up, which led to a 10-minute delay as second base umpire Alan Porter changed his gear.