BOSTON (AP) — Travis Shaw went 4 for 4, Mookie Betts drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Tuesday night, announcing a major front-office shake-up late in the game.
Dave Dombrowski was hired to take over baseball operations for general manager Ben Cherington. Although the Red Sox have been winning of late, Boston is in danger of finishing last in the AL East for the third time in four seasons.
Brock Holt had three hits and two RBIs for the Red Sox, who have won five of six and continued a recent offensive surge with 16 hits.
Eduardo Rodriguez (7-5) pitched eight solid innings, allowing one run and six hits while striking out five and not walking a batter.
Cleveland’s only run came on Michael Brantley’s homer in the seventh.
Trevor Bauer (9-10) was pulled early for a second straight start for the Indians. Bauer, who lasted just 3 1-3 innings against the Yankees on Thursday, was gone before the end of the second on Tuesday after the Red Sox tagged him for six hits — four for extra bases.
Three were doubles, including one by Betts with the bases loaded on a line drive over the head of left fielder Ryan Raburn that put Boston up 4-0. Holt, who tripled in the first, followed with a single to drive in Betts.
Brantley broke Ramirez’s shutout bid with his ninth homer of the season.
INDIANS: INF Jason Kipnis (right shoulder inflammation) was activated from the 15-day DL. The Indians placed INF Chris Johnson on the DL with an infection in his left hand caused by a spider bite.
RED SOX: Manager John Farrell started chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma, which he announced Friday he had been diagnosed with and would be on medical leave for the rest of the season.
INDIANS: RHP Corey Kluber (8-12) is coming off his second straight complete-game victory, a one-hitter over the Twins on Friday.
RED SOX: Joe Kelly (5-6) has won three straight starts. Kelly allowed one run and four hits over six innings Friday in a 15-1 win over Seattle.