Kipnis, Kluber, Indians top Boston; Bradley hit streak at 25

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BOSTON (AP) Corey Kluber sounded as relaxed after the game as he looked on the mound.

Facing the majors’ top-scoring club, Kluber held them down for seven innings to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

“I was kind of working both sides of the plate to keep them honest,” the soft-spoken righty said. “They’re obviously a very good offensive team. I just tried to make sure we pitched them in enough where they couldn’t get their arms extended.”

Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer as the Indians won their fifth straight game.

Kluber (3-5) allowed a run in each of the first two innings, but gave up just one hit over the next five. He allowed five hits, struck out six and walked two.

“That’s what your ace is supposed to do, but it’s easier said than done,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That’s a heck of a lineup.”

Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a solo home run. The Red Sox homered for a club-record 20th straight game, breaking their mark of 19 set in July 1996.

Cody Allen struck out three in the ninth for his 10th save.

Boston entered the day with 240 runs, 12 ahead second-most St. Louis.

Coming off a pair of two-game series sweeps over Cincinnati, the Indians trailed 2-0 in the third before getting to Clay Buchholz (2-4) for four runs.

Kipnis homered to deep right after Carlos Santana walked and Rajai Davis singled. Jose Ramirez added a sacrifice fly.

“The one pitch to Kipnis is the difference tonight,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Bradley homered into the first row of the center-field bleachers, making it 2-0 in the second.

Buchholz gave up four runs – three earned – on five hits in six innings, walking four and striking out three.

“It just seems like when I’m missing right now, it’s getting hit,” Buchholz said. “That’s part of it. I feel good, it’s just a matter of getting away from the big inning.”

Mookie Betts doubled and scored on Xander Bogaerts‘ grounder in the first. Bogaerts later doubled to increase his career-best hitting streak to 14.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: Francona said RHP Carlos Carrasco threw about 35 pitches on a side session with “no hiccups” and did “some fielding work” as he looks to get back from a strained left hamstring sustained in late April.

Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez came up limping after beating out a bobbled grounder, but stayed in the game. … RHP Carson Smith was put on the 15-day DL (right elbow soreness) and utilityman Brock Holt went on the seven-day concussion DL. It’s Smith’s second trip to the DL for similar soreness. “I want to know what’s going on and get it right,” he said.

PRETTY SLIDE

Francisco Linder made a “swim move” heading into the plate on Ramirez’s sacrifice fly, switching outstretched arms to avoid catcher Christian Vazquez‘s tag.

“That was real beautiful,” Davis said.

Francona said it’s just a sign of the 22-year-old’s talent.

“Sometimes for players like that, the game’s not going as fast as it is for the rest of us,” he said. “He’s got obviously athleticism, but his instincts are really good too. Some guys may want to do that, but can’t get their body to go that way.”

GOOD DEBUT

Boston’s Blake Swihart made his first major league start in left field. The converted catcher made a nice running grab on Mike Napoli.

WELCOME BACK

The Red Sox put a message on the center-field board to welcome back Napoli, a member of the 2013 World Series-winning team.

“It’s a little weird, but I’ve been here as a visiting player before,” he said in the dugout before the game. “It’s a little weird coming to the visiting clubhouse. I’m going to have fun with it. It’s a special place in my heart.”

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (3-1, 3.89 ERA) is set to make his fifth start after taking Carrasco’s spot in the rotation.

Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly (1-0, 9.35) is expected to come off the DL and start. He’s been sidelined since April 20 with a right shoulder impingement.

Report: Mike Clevinger agrees to 1-year deal with White Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox bolstered their rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Mike Clevinger, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical.

The 31-year-old Clevinger went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, for San Diego this year. He missed the 2021 season after he had Tommy John surgery.

Chicago is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season, when it went 81-81 and finished 11 games back of surprising AL Central champion Cleveland. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa stepped down in October and Pedro Grifol was hired on Nov. 1.

The White Sox got a big lift from Johnny Cueto this year, but the 36-year-old right-hander is a free agent after going 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 25 appearances. Clevinger slots into a rotation that likely will include Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech.

The move puts the 6-foot-4 Clevinger back in the AL Central after he made his major league debut with Cleveland in 2016. He went 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA in four-plus seasons with Cleveland before he was traded to San Diego in a multiplayer deal in August 2020.

Clevinger was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft. He was traded to Cleveland in 2014.

Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA in 128 career big league games. He also has 694 strikeouts in 656 2/3 innings.