- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Jackie Bradley Jr. wasted little time extending his majors’ best hitting streak.

After that, the rest of his teammates didn’t do much against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber.

Bradley stretched his streak to 25 games by homering on the second pitch in his first at-bat, but Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis hit a three-run home run to carry the Indians past the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Friday night.

Bradley homered into the first row of the center-field bleachers, making it 2-0 in the second.

“I put a good swing on a pitch low and down the middle,” Bradley said. “Happened to get into the wind. Played the course pretty well today.”

Kluber (3-5) slowed down the majors’ top-scoring team for seven innings as the Indians won their fifth straight game.

“The most impressive thing is the authority in which he’s swinging the bat,” Boston manager John Farrell said of Bradley. “He’s driving the baseball very good. He’s in a dangerous position at the plate, seeing the ball well putting good swings on multiple types of pitches.”

Kluber 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.

“That’s what your ace is supposed to do, but it’s easier said than done,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That’s a heck of a lineup.”

The Red Sox homered for a club-record 20th straight game, breaking their mark of 19 set in July 1996.

Clay Buchholz (2-4) gave up four runs - three earned - on five hits in six innings, walking four and striking out three.

It was just Boston’s fourth loss in 12 games.

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 Buchholz for four runs.

Kipnis homered to deep right after Carlos Santana walked and Rajai Davis singled. Jose Ramirez added a sacrifice fly.

Mookie Betts doubled and scored on Xander Bogaerts’ grounder in the first. Bogaerts later doubled to increase his career-best hitting streak to 14.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: 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.

GOOD DEBUT

Boston’s Blake Swihart made his first major league start in left field. The converted catcher made a nice running grab on Mike Napoli.

WELCOME BACK

The Red Sox put a message on the center field board to welcome back Napoli, a member of the 2013 World Series-winning team.

“It’s a little weird, but I’ve been here as a visiting player before,” he said in the dugout before the game. “It’s a little weird coming to the visiting clubhouse. I’m going to have fun with it. It’s a special place in my heart.”

UP NEXT

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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