Indians defeat Red Sox
3 games to 0
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 6||CLE 5||BOS 4|
|2||Oct. 7||CLE 6||BOS 0|
|3||Oct. 10||CLE 4||BOS 3|
Managers: Terry Francona, CLE; John Farrell, BOS
Path to the ALDS: Cleveland (94-67) won the AL Central by eight games; Boston (93-69) won AL East by four games
Though Cleveland carried a better regular-season record into this matchup, Boston and its powerful lineup were heavily favored due to the Indians having lost top starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar down the season’s homestretch. Game 1 made Division Series history when the teams combined for six solo home runs, with all three Indians homers coming in a three-run third inning to give Cleveland a 4-2 lead it would never relinquish.
Game 2 was seemingly over as soon as Indians ace Corey Kluber took the mound. Pitching in his first postseason game, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner tossed seven shutout innings, while opponent David Price’s struggles postseason continued. Cleveland raced out to a 2-0 series lead with a no-doubt 6-0 victory, as the series shifted to Boston.
Many expected Boston to turn around its fortunes at Fenway Park in Game 3, which doubled as potentially David Ortiz’s final game of his career. But a two-run homer by former Red Sox player Coco Crisp in the sixth proved to be the decisive blow, as the Indians’ bullpen held the mighty Boston offense in check over the final four innings to walk away with a decisive 4-3 win and a series sweep.