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Cleveland Indians pound Chris Sale again, wallop Boston Red Sox

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Jim Ingraham, The Sports Xchange
Jay Bruce watches his hit leave the park for a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI
Jay Bruce watches his hit leave the park for a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

CLEVELAND -- Jay Bruce and Francisco Lindor homered, Yandy Diaz had four hits, and the Cleveland Indians continued their domination of Chris Sale with a 13-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night at Progressive Field.

Giovanny Urshela added a career-high four RBIs as Cleveland unleashed an 18-hit attack in a game started by Sale, the leading candidate for the American League Cy Young Award.

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Two American League division leaders split their four-game series.

In his shortest outing of the season by far, Sale (14-6) pitched three innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits. He walked three and struck out three as his career record against Cleveland fell to 5-8 with a 4.78 ERA.

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In two starts against the Indians this year, Sale has a 14.63 ERA, having given up 13 runs on 15 hits in eight innings.

Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (13-8) needed 104 pitches to get through 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.

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Boston's Mitch Moreland had three hits, including two home runs, and four RBIs.

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The Indians, held to four hits in their previous 18 innings, had four hits in their first eight hitters. Cleveland opened it up with a four-run second inning against Sale.

The inning began with singles by Bruce and Brandon Guyer. Diaz drew a walk to load the bases. Roberto Perez followed with a single up the middle, scoring Bruce.

Urshela then hit a grounder to third baseman Rafael Devers, who in trying to start a double play, threw wildly to second, allowing Guyer to score while keeping the bases loaded.

Lindor followed with a single to left field, scoring Diaz to make it 3-0. Austin Jackson grounded into a forceout at second, but Urshela scored on the play to make it 4-0.

Boston got a run back in the third. Moreland, leading off the inning, hit a 1-2 pitch from Bauer deep into the lower deck in right field for his 16th home run, cutting the Cleveland lead to 4-1.

In the bottom half, the Indians continued their assault on Sale. Edwin Encarnacion led off the inning with a walk. Bruce struck out, but Guyer also walked. Diaz then ripped a double off the right field wall, scoring Encarnacion to make it 5-1.

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Perez grounded out to the mound for the second out, but Urshela followed with a two-run single to center, scoring Guyer and Diaz and giving Cleveland a 7-1 lead.

The Red Sox's Mookie Betts led off the fourth with a double to left field. Bauer retired the next two batters, but Devers drew a walk, and Xander Bogaerts drove home both runners with a triple off the left field wall. Moreland singled, scoring Bogaerts and Cleveland's lead shrunk to 7-4.

With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Diaz singled and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Sandy Leon on a pitch to Perez that was ball four. Urshela lined a single, scoring Diaz to push the Indians' lead to 8-4.

Bruce's solo home run and an RBI double by Roberto Perez in the sixth inning pushed the Cleveland lead to 10-4. Lindor capped a three-hit night with a solo homer in the Indians' three-run seventh inning.

The Red Sox scored twice in the eighth, the runs coming on a two-run homer by Moreland.

NOTES: Boston RF Mookie Betts left the game in the eighth inning due to a bruised right knee. ... OF Rajai Davis, acquired in a trade with Oakland on Wednesday, joined the Red Sox on Thursday. He took over in the field for Betts and went 0-for-1. ... The Red Sox also activated RHP Blaine Boyer from the 10-day disabled list while optioning INF Deven Marrero and RHP Hector Velazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Indians RHP Josh Tomlin will make a rehab start Friday with rookie-level Mahoning Valley (Ohio). Tomlin has been on the disabled list since July 31 due to a left hamstring strain. ... Cleveland 1B Carlos Santana missed his third consecutive game with a lower back strain. Manager Terry Francona said he hopes Santana will be able to return to the lineup Friday.

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