BOSTON (AP) — Josh Naylor hit a solo homerun in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Guardians took advantage of three errors by Boston first baseman Franchy Cordero to beat the Red Sox 7-6 on Wednesday night.
“I live for those opportunities,” Naylor said. “I worked on that as a child with my father and my brothers. So in their eyes I enjoy them and just try to make the best of it.”
Bobby Dalbec hit two home runs and drove in five for the Red Sox, who lost seven of eight and 15 of 19.
Naylor hit for his 14th homer with one out off Tanner Houck (5-4).
“I think you have to be good, but I think you have to want to be in that situation. I think he enjoys that,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “If he stays like that, he’s going to be so dangerous. He’s a really good batter.”
Enyel De Los Santos (2-0) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. Emmanuel Clase worked a scoreless ninth for this 21st save.
Cleveland made it 6-all in the eighth when Nolan Jones singled and moved to second on a wild throw by Cordero. Myles Straw doubled the equalizer.
Two of Cordero’s errors came on pitches. He also was involved in a strange play in the fourth when he doubled that resulted in a pair of Cleveland-errors.
“We didn’t play a good defense,” said Boston manager Alex Cora. “In the end, that’s the result. If you give the opponent more than 27 outs at this level, you pay the price. It’s been going on here for a while. Defensively we were very good for a while. We have not been well for the past 2 ½ weeks.”
Straw’s RBI double capped a second of three runs, including two errors by Cordero as Cleveland took a 3-0 lead against Nathan Eovaldi. Dalbec homered in the bottom half.
Steven Kwan hit an RBI double in the fourth while the Guardians made it 5-2 in the fourth. Dalbec’s sacrifice fly in the bottom half brought Boston in 5-4.
Dalbec hit his 10th homer in the sixth for a 6-5 lead.
Eovaldi hit six innings and gave up three earned and nine hits without a walk.
Cleveland starter Cal Quantrill hit 5 1/3 innings to give up five earned runs on eight hits and two walks.
Red Sox: All-Star 3B Rafael Devers, who has been out with a right hamstring injury since July 23, is expected to be reactivated once he qualifies, without requiring a rehab period. … LHP Rich Hill, out since July 2 with a left knee sprain, had pushed back his scheduled rehab start on Wednesday. Depending on the use of the bullpen in Boston on Wednesday, Hill could either be activated to pitch for the Red Sox on Thursday or make a rehab appearance on Thursday. … INF Christian Arroyo, who has been sidelined with a left groin strain since July 9, served as the DH for Double-A Portland on Wednesday and went 1 for 1, with a run scored, an RBI and two walks. On Thursday, he will play at second base. … RHP Matt Barnes, who has been out with a right shoulder injury since May 31, is scheduled to make his first back-to-back rehab appearances on Thursday and Friday. … 2B Trevor Story, who has been out with a right hand contusion since July 14, is feeling better, Cora said, but isn’t scheduled for a drug addiction yet. … CF Kiké Hernández, who has been out with a right hip flexor since June 8, is slated to start swinging a bat on Saturday. … RHP Michael Wacha, who has been out with a right shoulder injury since July 5, is scheduled to give a bullpen session on Thursday.
The Red Sox and Guardians close their season series on Thursday. Boston RHP Kutter Crawford (2-3, 4.50 ERA) is slated to start, opposed by RHP Triston McKenzie (7-6, 3.11). This will be Crawford’s second appearance against Cleveland, the first this season. He gave up five runs in a two-inning appearance against Cleveland in 2021. This will be McKenzie’s first appearance of his career against Boston.
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