Kipnis, Kluber, Indians top Boston; Bradley hit streak at 25
BOSTON >> Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer, Corey Kluber slowed down the majors' top-scoring team for seven innings and the Cleveland Indians won their fifth straight game, beating the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Friday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mookie Betts doubled and scored on Xander Bogaerts' grounder in the first. Bogaerts later doubled to increase his career-best hitting streak to 14.
Indians: Manager Terry 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.
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.
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