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Franmil Reyes celebrates with his Cleveland teammates after hitting a home run Sunday during an 11-5 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

BOSTON — Franmil Reyes homered over the Green Monster to spark a three-run third inning, giving Cleveland a franchise-record tying 19th straight games with a home run, and the Indians salvaged the finale of the series with an 11-5 victory over the COVID-impacted Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Reyes added a two-run double and went 4 for 4, and Bradley Zimmer had a two-run single for the Indians, who matched their single-season record streak of homering in consecutive games that was set in May of 2000.

“Sometimes you just need that breather,” Indians interim manager DeMarlo Hale said of Reyes, who was just 1 for 20 before a pinch-hit, game-tying homer on Saturday.

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer and had three RBI, and Hunter Renfroe added three hits for the Red Sox, who had their four-game winning streak halted.

The Red Sox scratched scheduled starting pitcher Nick Pivetta before the game, placing him on the COVID-19-related injured list. About 30 minutes before the first pitch, they added infielder/outfielder Danny Santana to the list, giving them 11 players on the COVID list in the last 10 days.

Cleveland led 6-0 after three innings before the Red Sox rallied, slicing it to 6-5 on Martinez’s shot.


Reyes’ double came in the ninth when Cleveland pulled away with five runs.

“It’s more confidence at the plate,” Reyes said. “I think the way my coaches talked to me, it was more about the mechanics and me trusting myself. I think it was that.”

Boston had a walk-off win on Saturday after rallying late in the series opener.

Zach Plesac (10-4) gave up three runs in five innings, improving to 6-1 since coming off the IL after breaking his thumb May 23. Emmanuel Clase got the final four outs for his 21st save.

Making his major league debut, Red Sox starter Kutter Crawford (0-1) was pulled with no outs in the third. He allowed five runs on five hits.

“He filled up the strike zone with good stuff,” Red Sox Manager Alex Cora said. “It’s not easy to come into a situation like this and maneuver a big-league lineup.”


Crawford found out after Triple-A Worcester’s game Saturday that he’d be starting in the majors.

“It’s kind of been a crazy 24 hours. I was kind of uncertain what the plan was with all the COVID stuff,” he said. “I was told to kind of be on standby. After the game, I was told I was starting today. I tried to get as much sleep as possible. Obviously, I was super excited. … Unfortunately, it didn’t go as I wanted it to, but we live and we learn and we’re going to make adjustments and move forward.”

Reyes’ leadoff shot in the third, estimated at 419 feet, completely left Fenway Park.

Crawford walked the next batter before John Schreiber relieved in his Red Sox debut. He gave up Zimmer’s broken-bat, loop single to left that made it 6-0.

Martinez and Travis Shaw each had an RBI double in Boston’s three-run fifth, with Shaw’s missing a three-run homer by about a foot when it hit near the top of the right-field wall.


Indians: Infielder José Ramírez got the day off because of “general soreness.” … Right-hander Aaron Civale is slated to start Tuesday at home against Minnesota. He had been sidelined since June 24 because of a sprained right middle finger and made three rehab starts, his last Wednesday with Double-A Akron, when he gave two runs with six strikeouts in five innings.

Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said Kiké Hernández (COVID-IL) was back in Boston after being quarantined in Cleveland. “He has to go through some tests, heart-related, that’s the protocol,” Cora said. “At the latest, I think he’s with us Wednesday, most likely Tuesday.” … Third baseman Rafael Devers was going to get the day off but struck out pinch hitting with two runners on in the fifth. “It just makes sense,’’ Cora said of his planned day off. “It’s probably his last day off of the season.” … Left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez (right oblique strain) started to throw a live bullpen session, but it looked like it may have been cut short when the grounds’ crew had to put the tarp because of light rain.

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