Devers extends hit streak to 8, Red Sox beat Indians 5-1

CLEVELAND (AP) The Red Sox have survived their most demanding stretch of the season with their modest playoff hopes intact.

Rafael Devers homered and singled, extending his robust hit streak to eight straight at-bats, and Xander Bogaerts went deep twice to lead Boston to a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

The Red Sox, playing their 34th game in a 34-day span, started the day 8 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the second AL wild-card spot. The defending World Series champions went 15-18 with a suspended game against Kansas City to be completed on August 22.

''We've been saying all along we're in this position because we haven't played well, but we'll see what we've got in the next month and a half,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said, smiling. ''Just find a way. I don't know, man, it doesn't look fun to manage this game, but it's fun.''

Devers went 6 for 6 with four doubles Tuesday in the Red Sox's 7-6, 10-inning win. Less than 15 hours later, he singled in the first inning and hit a solo homer in the third before being retired on a comebacker in the fifth by right-hander Shane Bieber (12-5).

The MLB record for consecutive hits is 12, last accomplished by Detroit's Walt Dropo in 1952. Pinky Higgins had 12 straight for the Red Sox in 1938.

''It's not little bloop hits, little infield knocks he's getting, it's hard to the wall,'' said Bogaerts, who had three hits and four RBIs. ''It's going to reach the wall in the air or on the ground, but it's going to reach the wall. It's impressive.''

Bogaerts went back-to-back with Devers in the third -- his 100th career homer -- and added a three-run shot in the seventh off Nick Goody. The latter occurred after Mookie Betts doubled with one out and Devers was intentionally walked.

''It's pick your poison, I mean, Devers is in one of those streaks where it looks like he's playing softball,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''The result didn't make me feel good, but we had an open base and pitching to a guy that's 8 for 9 didn't seem to make sense.''

Bogaerts admitted the strategy gave him extra motivation for his fourth multi-homer game of the season, saying, ''It definitely gets you going a little bit, understanding they think you're the weaker guy.''

Boston used seven pitchers with right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) working two innings for his first win since last Sept. 24. Left-hander Brian Johnson started and allowed an unearned run in 2 2/3 innings.

Cleveland scored its only run in the third when Francisco Lindor singled, advanced on errors by Bogaerts and Devers, and came home on a Johnson wild pitch. The Indians lead the AL wild-card race and trail first-place Minnesota by 1/2 game in the Central.

Bieber battled nausea while allowing two runs in six innings, losing for the second time in 10 starts since June 25. The All-Star Game MVP struck out eight, including his 200th of the year.

''They have a lineup that can do a lot of damage, but I've got to be able to combat that and be better,'' Bieber said.

BIG DAY

Indians OF Yasiel Puig served the third and final game of his suspension for taking part in an on-field altercation with the Reds against Pittsburgh. The Cuban-born slugger was sworn in as a United States citizen earlier in the day in Miami. Indians LHP Logan Allen, acquired from San Diego in the same three-team trade on July 31, made his AL debut by pitching 2 1/3 innings.

KLUBER COMEBACK

Indians RHP Corey Kluber (right forearm fracture), who has been on the injured list since May 2, will make his third rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Columbus at Charlotte. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner pitched four innings, allowing one run, for Double-A Akron on Tuesday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Heath Hembree (right elbow inflammation) has been on the 10-day IL since August 2, but there is no timetable for his return. He received a plasma-rich platelet injection last week.

Indians: RHP Dan Otero (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to pitch back-to-back days this weekend for Double-A Akron. The 34-year-old has made nine rehab appearances, posting a 4.15 ERA in 8 2/3 innings.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (10-9, 5.67 ERA) faces Baltimore in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Fenway Park. He has an 8.28 ERA over his last nine starts, allowing 42 earned runs in 45 2/3 innings.

Indians: RHP Adam Plutko (4-3, 4.68 ERA) starts at Yankee Stadium for the first time in his career as Cleveland begins a four-game series in New York. He is 1-1 with a 5.47 ERA in five road appearances this season.

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  • W: N. Eovaldi (1-0)L: S. Bieber (12-5)
  • HR: BOS - X. Bogaerts 2 (27), R. Devers (25)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF51100022.281.388.491.8782.0
R. Devers 3B42211100.327.375.580.9549.0
X. Bogaerts SS42342101.306.382.561.94316.0
J. Martinez DH50000033.308.382.561.943-1.5
A. Benintendi LF40200001.287.361.467.8283.0
S. Travis 1B40100022.269.310.473.7830.0
M. Hernandez 2B40100012.333.359.480.839-0.5
C. Vazquez C40200001.279.318.482.8002.0
J. Bradley CF40000035.219.315.392.707-1.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41100001.303.358.522.8812.0
    O. Mercado CF40100002.270.317.429.7461.0
    C. Santana 1B20000211.287.410.536.9461.5
    J. Ramirez 3B30000103.246.317.438.7551.0
    F. Reyes DH40000022.242.296.508.804-1.0
    G. Allen LF40000000.238.295.385.6790.0
    M. Freeman 2B30100020.260.352.385.7371.0
    K. Plawecki C40100002.217.291.333.6241.0
    T. Naquin RF30000011.280.311.473.785-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (31), A. Benintendi (36)
      • HR - R. Devers (25), X. Bogaerts 2 (27)
      • RBI - R. Devers (94), X. Bogaerts 4 (92)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 2 (2), J. Martinez 2 (2), A. Benintendi, S. Travis, J. Bradley 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado, J. Ramirez 3 (3), F. Reyes 2 (2), K. Plawecki
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Hernandez
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Hernandez-Hernandez-Travis)
      • E - X. Bogaerts (11), R. Devers (19)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Johnson2.22102106.451.972.5
      M. Walden0.10000003.391.050.0
      D. Hernandez1.21001103.721.761.5
      J. Taylor0.10000003.271.180.0
      N. Eovaldi (W, 1-0)2.01000205.771.5413.0
      A. Cashner1.00000104.761.353.5
      B. Workman1.00000101.961.003.5
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (L, 12-5)6.07221723.271.019.5
      N. Goody0.22331112.151.06-5.5
      L. Allen2.13000306.181.774.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (L, 12-5)6.0
      N. Goody0.2
      L. Allen2.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Johnson (4)
      • HBP - D. Hernandez (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 52-26, M. Walden 1-1, D. Hernandez 34-20, J. Taylor 4-2, N. Eovaldi 24-18, A. Cashner 14-9, B. Workman 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 6-2, M. Walden 1-0, D. Hernandez 2-1, N. Eovaldi 1-3, A. Cashner 1-1, B. Workman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 13, M. Walden, D. Hernandez 7, J. Taylor, N. Eovaldi 7, A. Cashner 3, B. Workman 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - N. Goody
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 107-77, N. Goody 19-13, L. Allen 40-30
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 6-5, L. Allen 1-2
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 26, N. Goody 5, L. Allen 9
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS64-59
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF51100022.281.388.491.8782.0
      R. Devers 3B42211100.327.375.580.9549.0
      X. Bogaerts SS42342101.306.382.561.94316.0
      J. Martinez DH50000033.308.382.561.943-1.5
      A. Benintendi LF40200001.287.361.467.8283.0
      S. Travis 1B40100022.269.310.473.7830.0
      M. Hernandez 2B40100012.333.359.480.839-0.5
      C. Vazquez C40200001.279.318.482.8002.0
      J. Bradley CF40000035.219.315.392.707-1.5
      Total385125321117-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS41100001.303.358.522.8812.0
        O. Mercado CF40100002.270.317.429.7461.0
        C. Santana 1B20000211.287.410.536.9461.5
        J. Ramirez 3B30000103.246.317.438.7551.0
        F. Reyes DH40000022.242.296.508.804-1.0
        G. Allen LF40000000.238.295.385.6790.0
        M. Freeman 2B30100020.260.352.385.7371.0
        K. Plawecki C40100002.217.291.333.6241.0
        T. Naquin RF30000011.280.311.473.785-0.5
        Total3114003612-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Betts (31), A. Benintendi (36)
          • HR - R. Devers (25), X. Bogaerts 2 (27)
          • RBI - R. Devers (94), X. Bogaerts 4 (92)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts 2 (2), J. Martinez 2 (2), A. Benintendi, S. Travis, J. Bradley 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado, J. Ramirez 3 (3), F. Reyes 2 (2), K. Plawecki
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - M. Hernandez
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Hernandez-Hernandez-Travis)
          • E - X. Bogaerts (11), R. Devers (19)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Johnson2.22102106.451.972.5
          M. Walden0.10000003.391.050.0
          D. Hernandez1.21001103.721.761.5
          J. Taylor0.10000003.271.180.0
          N. Eovaldi (W, 1-0)2.01000205.771.5413.0
          A. Cashner1.00000104.761.353.5
          B. Workman1.00000101.961.003.5
          Total9.0410360---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Johnson2.2
          M. Walden0.1
          D. Hernandez1.2
          J. Taylor0.1
          N. Eovaldi (W, 1-0)2.0
          A. Cashner1.0
          B. Workman1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Bieber (L, 12-5)6.07221723.271.019.5
          N. Goody0.22331112.151.06-5.5
          L. Allen2.13000306.181.774.5
          Total9.012552113---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Bieber (L, 12-5)6.0
          N. Goody0.2
          L. Allen2.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Johnson (4)
          • HBP - D. Hernandez (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 52-26, M. Walden 1-1, D. Hernandez 34-20, J. Taylor 4-2, N. Eovaldi 24-18, A. Cashner 14-9, B. Workman 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 6-2, M. Walden 1-0, D. Hernandez 2-1, N. Eovaldi 1-3, A. Cashner 1-1, B. Workman 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 13, M. Walden, D. Hernandez 7, J. Taylor, N. Eovaldi 7, A. Cashner 3, B. Workman 3
          PITCHING
          • IBB - N. Goody
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 107-77, N. Goody 19-13, L. Allen 40-30
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 6-5, L. Allen 1-2
          • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 26, N. Goody 5, L. Allen 9
          • 7TH INNING
            Bogaerts homered to left center, Betts and Devers scored51
          • 3RD INNING
            Lindor scored, Mercado to second on wild pitch21
            Bogaerts homered to right20
            Devers homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • L. Allen Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Devers grounded out to first
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts singled to left
            • JD. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Workman relieved Andrew Cashner
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Allen grounded out to second
            • M. Freeman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Plawecki flied out to center
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • L. Allen Pitching:
            • M. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to left
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez flied out to deep center
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez caught stealing second, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Andrew Cashner relieved Nathan Eovaldi
            • Ca. Santana: Foul, Santana grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep left
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Nick Goody relieved Shane Bieber
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Bradley fouled out to third
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Betts doubled to deep left
            • R. Devers: Devers intentionally walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts homered to left center, Betts and Devers scored
            • JD. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Logan Allen relieved Nick Goody
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Foul, Benintendi doubled to deep right center
            • S. Travis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Foul, Plawecki singled to right
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Naquin flied out to left
            • F. Lindor: Lindor flied out to right
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercado popped out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Travis grounded out to third
            • M. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Hernandez flied out to deep left
            • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Nathan Eovaldi relieved Josh Taylor
            • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Allen grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Freeman struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Devers grounded out to pitcher
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • JD. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Hernandez Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Naquin struck out looking
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercado singled to right center
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Santana walked, Mercado to second
            • Josh Taylor relieved Darwinzon Hernandez
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Travis singled to center
            • M. Hernandez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez singled to left center, Travis to third
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Darwinzon Hernandez relieved Marcus Walden
            • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Allen lined out to right
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Freeman hit by pitch
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Plawecki grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Freeman out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts lined out to center
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Devers homered to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts homered to right
            • JD. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Naquin grounded out to second
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lindor to second on shortstop Bogaerts throwing error
            • O. Mercado: Mercado safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error, Lindor to third
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Lindor scored, Mercado to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • Marcus Walden relieved Brian Johnson
            • F. Reyes: Reyes reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Ramirez out at second
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi reached on an infield single to second
            • S. Travis: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
            • M. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to right
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Vazquez singled to right, Benintendi to third
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Bradley struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes flied out to center
            • G. Allen: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Allen flied out to center
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeman singled to right center
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers singled to right center
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second, Devers to second
            • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to third
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercado grounded out to third
            • Ca. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)