Red Sox heading home on a (slightly) positive note

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

The Red Sox rode the hot bats of Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts and the arms of seven (!) pitchers to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday afternoon, giving Boston a much-needed series win, heading into a weekend series with the brutally bad Baltimore Orioles starting Friday at Fenway Park.

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Coming off Monday's walk-off loss and Tuesday's 10th-inning win over Cleveland, the four-run margin of victory might have seemed like a rout.

After a six-for-six performance Tuesday, Devers (pictured) had two hits in his first two at bats including his 25th home run of the year in the top of the third inning.

And when Cleveland manager Terry Francona decided he'd seen enough of Devers and walked him intentionally in the top of the seventh, Bogaerts responded with his second home run of the game.

Bogaerts led Boston with three hits. Devers, Andrew Benintendi, and Christian Vazquez each had two hits.

Nathan Eovaldi picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

There were changes all around the pitching staff on Wednesday with the likes of Eovaldi (who we were told was going back into the rotation), Andrew Cashner and Rick Porcello all in the bullpen Wednesday afternoon, even as Porcello is scheduled to start Friday night against Baltimore.

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