Kluber, Indians top Porcello, Red Sox 5-4

BOSTON (AP) Boston pitcher Rick Porcello had the wind knocked out of him after taking a hard liner to the stomach. Two pitches later, Cleveland's Greg Allen knocked the energy right out of Fenway Park.

Allen hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning right after Porcello was struck, Corey Kluber tied for the major league lead with his 16th win and the Indians beat the Red Sox 5-4 Monday night.

''That was intense,'' Allen said. ''You really weren't sure (if he was staying in) especially after a hit like that.''

In a meeting of AL division leaders - and a matchup of the last two Cy Young Award winners, it was 3-all into the seventh.

Porcello (15-6) retired the leadoff batter and walked the next hitter. Yan Gomes followed with a liner that hit Porcello near the stomach - Porcello retrieved the ball near the mound, threw to second for a forceout and then slid to his knees, grabbing the spot where he was hit.

Porcello was checked on the mound, took a practice toss or two, and stayed in the game. Allen then sent a drive into the Indians' bullpen for his second home run of the season.

''I don't think the one that hit him had any effect on the next pitch. The first changeup was a good one,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''Then he threw another one and he hung it.''

Porcello said after he caught his breath that he was fine. He was more bothered by what he threw after that.

''The pitch to Allen - I'm not trying to take anything away from him - but I think even I could have hit that one pretty hard,'' he said. ''That was not a good pitch and it came at the worst possible time.''

Kluber (16-6) pitched into the seventh inning and matched Washington's Max Scherzer and the Yankees' Luis Severino for the most victories in the majors.

Michael Brantley and Melky Cabrera also homered to help the AL Central-leading Indians improve to 14-4 in August.

Xander Bogaerts had an early two-run single and an RBI single in the ninth for East-leading Boston.

The Red Sox had the first two runners on against closer Cody Allen in the ninth, and scored a run on Bogaerts' dribbler with two outs before Ian Kinsler flied out with two runners on base, leaving them with just their fifth loss in 22 games.

''That's what's called holding on for dear life,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Allen posted his 25th save.

''You can breathe a sigh of relief after throwing 27 pitches and 20 of them were questionable and seven of them were good,'' he said.

Kluber, who won his second Cy Young Award last year, gave up three runs and nine hits, striking out six and walking one in 6 1/3 innings.

Porcello allowed five runs on three homers, fanning six and walking one over seven.

The game featured four top contenders for the AL MVP award: Boston outfielder Mookie Betts, who leads the majors in hitting (.342), and DH/outfielder J.D. Martinez, the majors' home run (38) and RBIs leader (106), along with Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez (second in homers with 37) and shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Trailing 3-0, Cabrera homered into Boston's bullpen in the fifth and Brantley hit his drive into Cleveland's bullpen the next inning.

Bogaerts flicked a low-and-away pitch into right-center with two outs in the first for his single.

Andrew Benintendi's opposite-field RBI single made it 3-0 in the third.

RESPECT

Francona, who managed the Red Sox from 2004-11, talked about one of his favorite players, Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia, who has missed most of the season recovering from offseason left knee surgery.

''There's nobody like him and I don't imagine there will be,'' Francona said. ''He willed himself to be the player he is, and his body is paying for it.''

SHOW THAT LEATHER

The clubs combined for a half-dozen highlight defensive plays. The best two were: a long running grab by CF Allen off the bat of Kinsler and a diving catch by LF Benintendi, robbing Allen.

DIFFERENT LEATHER

Members of both pitching staffs were tossing footballs around in opposite sides of the outfield about 3 1/2 hours before the start, with Boston's crew laughing and smiling as it ran fly patterns.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: DH Edwin Encarnacion (disabled list since Aug. 12, right wrist contusion) took batting practice on the field.

Red Sox: Cora said lefty ace Chris Sale (went on DL Saturday, mild left shoulder inflammation) hasn't thrown yet. ''We're shooting whenever he's ready,'' Cora said. ''We're not going to push him.'' ... C Christian Vazquez (DL, fractured right pinkie) has been catching bullpens and hitting soft toss. Cora hopes he'll start taking BP later this week. He also was in CF catching pop ups from a machine before BP. ... 3B Rafael Devers (DL, strained left hamstring) did some light running on the field.

UP NEXT

Indians: Rookie RHP Shane Bieber (6-2, 4.37 ERA) is scheduled to make his first career start against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.62) is set to start. He's 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA in four starts with Boston since being acquired from Tampa Bay before the trade deadline.

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  • W: C. Kluber (16-6)L: R. Porcello (15-6)S: C. Allen (25)
  • HR: CLE - M. Cabrera (5), M. Brantley (14), G. Allen (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS41100010.292.371.548.9191.5
M. Brantley LF41221000.302.357.472.8298.0
J. Ramirez 3B40000011.298.409.6271.036-0.5
Y. Diaz DH40000021.371.405.486.891-1.0
Y. Alonso 1B40100011.246.311.433.7440.5
M. Cabrera RF31211000.262.302.414.7167.0
B. Guyer RF10000000.197.285.374.6590.0
J. Kipnis 2B30000122.221.312.354.6660.0
Y. Gomes C41000013.244.299.413.7130.5
G. Allen CF31121000.250.287.326.6137.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF51200021.344.430.6511.0813.0
    A. Benintendi LF40110120.298.379.496.8752.0
    M. Moreland 1B31100204.257.325.466.7914.0
    J. Martinez DH51200013.332.402.6621.0633.5
    X. Bogaerts SS50230003.281.357.516.8745.0
    I. Kinsler 2B50100013.239.306.399.7050.5
    B. Holt 3B30100001.264.342.364.7070.0
    a- E. Nunez PH-3B10000000.257.282.369.6510.0
    S. Leon C30000011.206.260.322.582-0.5
    b- S. Pearce PH10100000.301.390.575.9652.0
    B. Swihart C00000000.213.273.287.5600.0
    J. Bradley CF41200012.221.305.388.6933.5
    • a-flied out for Holt in the 8th
    • b-doubled for Leon in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Brantley (14), M. Cabrera (5), G. Allen (2)
    • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (67), M. Cabrera (25), G. Allen 2 (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Allen 2 (6)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Alonso, Y. Gomes 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (37), J. Martinez (34), S. Pearce (12), J. Bradley (23)
    • RBI - A. Benintendi (71), X. Bogaerts 3 (77)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (24), X. Bogaerts 3 (31)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, M. Moreland 2 (2), X. Bogaerts 3 (3), I. Kinsler 3 (3), J. Bradley 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - B. Holt (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 16-6)6.19331602.740.9518.0
    O. Perez (H, 9)0.10001001.330.64-1.0
    A. Cimber (H, 10)0.21000103.561.19-0.5
    B. Hand (H, 8)0.21000102.651.08-0.5
    C. Allen (S, 25)1.02111004.081.236.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 16-6)6.1
    O. Perez (H, 9)0.1
    A. Cimber (H, 10)0.2
    B. Hand (H, 8)0.2
    C. Allen (S, 25)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Porcello (L, 15-6)7.06551634.141.147.0
    T. Thornburg1.01000104.111.302.5
    D. Pomeranz1.00000106.231.793.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Porcello (L, 15-6)7.0
    T. Thornburg1.0
    D. Pomeranz1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 108-65, O. Perez 7-3, A. Cimber 14-10, B. Hand 9-5, C. Allen 28-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 5-7, O. Perez 1-0, A. Cimber 1-0, C. Allen 1-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 28, O. Perez 2, A. Cimber 3, B. Hand 3, C. Allen 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Porcello (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 107-74, T. Thornburg 13-9, D. Pomeranz 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-8, D. Pomeranz 1-1
    • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 28, T. Thornburg 4, D. Pomeranz 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41100010.292.371.548.9191.5
    M. Brantley LF41221000.302.357.472.8298.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40000011.298.409.6271.036-0.5
    Y. Diaz DH40000021.371.405.486.891-1.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40100011.246.311.433.7440.5
    M. Cabrera RF31211000.262.302.414.7167.0
    B. Guyer RF10000000.197.285.374.6590.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30000122.221.312.354.6660.0
    Y. Gomes C41000013.244.299.413.7130.5
    G. Allen CF31121000.250.287.326.6137.0
    Total345753188-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF51200021.344.430.6511.0813.0
      A. Benintendi LF40110120.298.379.496.8752.0
      M. Moreland 1B31100204.257.325.466.7914.0
      J. Martinez DH51200013.332.402.6621.0633.5
      X. Bogaerts SS50230003.281.357.516.8745.0
      I. Kinsler 2B50100013.239.306.399.7050.5
      B. Holt 3B30100001.264.342.364.7070.0
      a- E. Nunez PH-3B10000000.257.282.369.6510.0
      S. Leon C30000011.206.260.322.582-0.5
      b- S. Pearce PH10100000.301.390.575.9652.0
      B. Swihart C00000000.213.273.287.5600.0
      J. Bradley CF41200012.221.305.388.6933.5
      Total39413403818-----
      • a-flied out for Holt in the 8th
      • b-doubled for Leon in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Brantley (14), M. Cabrera (5), G. Allen (2)
      • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (67), M. Cabrera (25), G. Allen 2 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Allen 2 (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Alonso, Y. Gomes 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (37), J. Martinez (34), S. Pearce (12), J. Bradley (23)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (71), X. Bogaerts 3 (77)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (24), X. Bogaerts 3 (31)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, M. Moreland 2 (2), X. Bogaerts 3 (3), I. Kinsler 3 (3), J. Bradley 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Holt (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 16-6)6.19331602.740.9518.0
      O. Perez (H, 9)0.10001001.330.64-1.0
      A. Cimber (H, 10)0.21000103.561.19-0.5
      B. Hand (H, 8)0.21000102.651.08-0.5
      C. Allen (S, 25)1.02111004.081.236.0
      Total9.01344380---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 16-6)6.1
      O. Perez (H, 9)0.1
      A. Cimber (H, 10)0.2
      B. Hand (H, 8)0.2
      C. Allen (S, 25)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Porcello (L, 15-6)7.06551634.141.147.0
      T. Thornburg1.01000104.111.302.5
      D. Pomeranz1.00000106.231.793.5
      Total9.0755183---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Porcello (L, 15-6)7.0
      T. Thornburg1.0
      D. Pomeranz1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 108-65, O. Perez 7-3, A. Cimber 14-10, B. Hand 9-5, C. Allen 28-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 5-7, O. Perez 1-0, A. Cimber 1-0, C. Allen 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 28, O. Perez 2, A. Cimber 3, B. Hand 3, C. Allen 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Porcello (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 107-74, T. Thornburg 13-9, D. Pomeranz 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 7-8, D. Pomeranz 1-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 28, T. Thornburg 4, D. Pomeranz 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Bogaerts reached on an infield single to third, Betts scored, Moreland to second54
      • 7TH INNING
        Allen homered to right center, Gomes scored53
      • 6TH INNING
        Brantley homered to right, Lindor scored33
      • 5TH INNING
        Cabrera homered to right center13
      • 2ND INNING
        Benintendi singled to left, Bradley scored, Betts to second03
      • 1ST INNING
        Bogaerts singled to center, Moreland and Martinez scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Blake Swihart catching
        • Drew Pomeranz relieved Tyler Thornburg
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Guyer lined out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cody Allen relieved Brad Hand
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts doubled to deep left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland reached on fielder's choice to second, Betts to third, Benintendi out at second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez popped out to first
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts reached on an infield single to third, Betts scored, Moreland to second
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kinsler flied out to left
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Rick Porcello
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Brantley singled to left center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez popped out to third
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso lined out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brandon Guyer in right field
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • Brad Hand relieved Adam Cimber
        • Eduardo Nunez hit for Brock Holt
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez flied out to deep right
        • Steve Pearce hit for Sandy Leon
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce doubled to shallow right
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Kipnis out at second
        • G. Allen: Ball, Allen homered to right center, Gomes scored
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
        • Oliver Perez relieved Corey Kluber
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to first
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
        • Adam Cimber relieved Oliver Perez
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez singled to right center, Moreland to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brantley homered to right, Lindor scored
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez popped out to third
        • Y. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to pitcher
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alonso flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Holt lined out to left
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Leon flied out to deep right
        • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bradley fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera homered to right center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gomes flied out to right
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Allen lined out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland walked
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez fouled out to first
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Holt singled to right
        • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Holt caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley singled to center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Allen lined out to right
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lindor fouled out to third
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez grounded out to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Alonso singled to right
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to center, Alonso to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Kipnis struck out on foul tip
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso to third, Cabrera to second on wild pitch, Foul tip, Gomes struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Foul, Holt lined out to center
        • S. Leon: Ball, Leon flied out to shallow left
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Bradley doubled to deep center
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to left, Bradley to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Benintendi singled to left, Bradley scored, Betts to second
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Porcello Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lindor struck out looking
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moreland singled to left
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep right, Moreland to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Bogaerts singled to center, Moreland and Martinez scored
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)