Indians batter Sale, Red Sox 13-6 as 1st-place teams meet

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Indians batter Sale, Red Sox 13-6 as 1st-place teams meet
Indians batter Sale, Red Sox 13-6 as 1st-place teams meet

CLEVELAND (AP) – Red Sox ace Chris Sale was battered while matching the shortest start of his career, and rookie Yandy Diaz got four hits as the Cleveland Indians beat Boston 13-6 Thursday night in a matchup of division leaders.

Sale (14-6) was tagged for seven runs on seven hits and three walks in just three innings. Cleveland’s injury-riddled lineup, held to a combined four hits by the Red Sox in the previous two games, erupted against one of the top contenders for the AL Cy Young Award and roughed up Boston’s bullpen.

Diaz was 4 for 4 and fell a home run short of the cycle and Giovanny Urshela drove in a career-high four runs. Jay Bruce and Francisco Lindor homered as the Indians had 18 hits, one short of their season high.

The Indians scored four times in the second inning and added three more in the second as Sale’s problems against Cleveland continued. The lefty is 5-8 with a 4.87 ERA in 29 career appearances vs. the Indians.

Trevor Bauer (13-8) allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings and won his sixth straight decision.

Mitch Moreland homered twice for Boston.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians’ Yandy Diaz hits an RBI double off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. Edwin Encarnacion scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians’ Giovanny Urshela breaks his bat on a swing on a pitch from Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale during the second inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. Urshela was safe at first on a fielder’s choice. Brandon Guyer scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts jumps high but can’t catch a double by Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Boston Red Sox’s Mitch Moreland watches his two-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Nick Goody during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. Xander Bogaerts scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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