- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Trevor Bauer’s recent struggles continued Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

The Cleveland right-hander allowed five runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings and the Boston Red Sox collected 16 hits against five pitchers in a 9-1 win.

In Bauer’s previous start, on Thursday, he allowed six runs in 3 1-3 innings against the New York Yankees. Bauer (9-10) has won once in his past seven starts with five losses over that span.

“He’s fighting it right now. I think we all know that,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “When they’re going real good and you feel good and you’re confident and you’re throwing pitches with conviction. And I think right now he’s probably second-guessing himself a little bit.”

Bauer was done in by a four-run second inning, including a controversial three-run double by Mookie Betts.

Betts appeared to strike out on an 0-2 pitch, but home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski and first base umpire Mark Wegner ruled that Betts tipped the pitch and Indians catcher Roberto Perez hadn’t held on to the ball. Two pitches later, Betts cleared the bases.

Travis Shaw went 4 for 4 and Brock Holt had three hits and two RBIs for the Red Sox, who have won five of six and continued a recent offensive surge with 16 hits.

Eduardo Rodriguez (7-5) pitched eight solid innings, allowing one run and six hits while striking out five and not walking a batter.

Cleveland’s only run came on Michael Brantley’s homer in the seventh. It was the ninth homer of the season for Brantley, who drove a 1-0 pitch several rows into the seats in right field.

CHANGES

In a late-game announcement, the Red Sox said Dave Dombrowski was hired to take over baseball operations for general manager Ben Cherington. Although the Red Sox have been winning of late, Boston is in danger of finishing last in the AL East for the third time in four seasons.

TRAINER’S ROOM

INDIANS: INF Jason Kipnis (right shoulder inflammation) was activated from the 15-day DL. The Indians placed INF Chris Johnson on the DL with an infection in his left hand caused by a spider bite.

RED SOX: Manager John Farrell started chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma, which he announced Friday he had been diagnosed with and would be on medical leave for the rest of the season.

UP NEXT

INDIANS: RHP Corey Kluber (8-12) is coming off his second straight complete-game victory, a one-hitter over the Twins on Friday.

RED SOX: Joe Kelly (5-6) has won three straight starts. Kelly allowed one run and four hits over six innings Friday in a 15-1 win over Seattle.


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