Tomlin Strong as Tribe Socks Sox; Indians 8, Red Sox 2
Bob Toth | On 03, Oct 2015
Josh Tomlin planted his name in the Cleveland Indians’ plans for 2016 as he pitched into the seventh inning on Friday night to help push the Tribe to an 8-2 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Tomlin, after multiple surgeries on his throwing arm over the last several seasons, improved to 7-2 in ten starts in 2015 while limiting the Red Sox to two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts on the night. The Indians bullpen allowed just one runner and retired eight, three on strikeouts.
The Indians jumped on rookie lefty Henry Owens in the third inning. Mike Aviles reached on an infield single and moved to second on a walk by Jose Ramirez. One out later, Ryan Raburn loaded the bases with a single to left. A double to deep center by Carlos Santana cleared the bases to give the Indians a three-run lead. With two outs, Chris Johnson singled home Santana to give Cleveland a four-spot.
David Ortiz sent a home run off of Tomlin deep to right to score two to cut the lead in half in the fourth. The Indians got those runs back and then some in the fifth, when Santana walked with one out and scored on a double by Yan Gomes. A single to left by Johnson put runners on the corners before Jerry Sands doubled Gomes home. Abraham Almonte reached on an infield single to score Johnson to make it a 7-2 game. Sands would later add a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh off of Jonathan Aro.
Corey Kluber (8-16) will make his final start of the 2015 season on Saturday at 7:10 PM ET. Boston will throw lefty reliever Craig Breslow, who will make his second start of the season and is expected to be limited to 50 to 60 pitches.
W: J. Tomlin (7-2)
L: H. Owens (4-4)
HR: D. Ortiz (37, 4th inning off Tomlin, 1 on, 2 outs); J. Sands (4, 7th inning off Aro, 0 on, 1 out)
Photo: AP Photo/Tony Dejak