CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians knew this series was important.
The final result against a fellow divisional leader in the Boston Red Sox was basically a stalemate, as the Indians split the four-game series against Boston winning Thursday's finale in overpowering fashion 13-6.
From the first inning on, it looked like it was going to be one of those ball games
On the pitching side, Indians starter Trevor Bauer did not pitch all that great but it was enough to get the win often thanks to the offense putting up 13 runs. After the three runs he gave up in the fourth, Bauer was able to calm down and keep pitching efficiently.
Finally, the bats came alive against Boston ace Chris Sale and the Sox bullpen. First attacking Sale with seven runs before ending his night.
Now with 70 wins in 2017, we take a look at three takeaways from the win before the Tribe gets set for a big weekend three-game set against the Royals starting Friday.
Indians starter Trevor Bauer pitched 5.1 innings, giving up seven hits, four runs and striking out eight. The only problem for Bauer was in the fourth inning when the Red Sox cut the lead to three.
In the inning, Zander Bogaerts tripled to score Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers. The next batter, Mitch Moreland singled to right for a RBI to further cut into the lead which the Indians had built against Sale.
The offense came through though, and Bauer improves his record to 13-8. Seven out of his last nine outings have been wins after Thursday's game.
2. Bottom three hitters
The bottom of the lineup pretty did most of the damage on this night against Sale and the Sox pen. Yan Diaz, Roberto Perez, and Giovanni Urshela finished the night with nine hits with eight runs batted in for the Indians.
Diaz end his night with a 4-for-4 effort, just nearly missed hitting for the cycle. The infielder had two doubles and a triple. Roberto Perez went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a walk.
Giavanny Urshela went 2-for-5 with four RBI, two of them coming in the third inning against Chris Sale as the Indians built their lead and got Sale out of the game.
1. Looking Ahead
With the Indians splitting a series against the Red Sox, the team will have another test on their hands when the Kansas City comes to town starting Friday night for three matchups.
As of right now, the divisional rival is still competing for one of the wild card spots. The Royals are one game behind.
Also what's awesome for the weekend is every MLB players will have a chance to wear a jersey with their nickname on the back. This will be the first time Major League Baseball has done this, and with an announced sellout already for Saturday it should make for a fun weekend at Progressive Field.