The Cleveland Guardians fell to the Boston Red Sox at home on Tuesday night by a final score of 5-4 to begin the three-game series.
For Cleveland (27-33), the Guardians got on the board early in the 1st inning with first baseman Josh Naylor and designated hitter Josh Bell both hitting RBI doubles to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead. After Boston took a 5-2 lead, the Guardians would attempt a comeback in the 8th inning, with pinch hitter Amed Rosario hitting an RBI single to cut the Boston lead to 5-3 and outfielder Will Brennan hitting an RBI double to cut the lead again to 5-4. The Guardians comeback would fall short and would fall to Boston 5-4.
Starting pitcher Shane Bieber went 5.2 innings, struck out two batters, and allowed five hits and a walk for one earned run. Relief pitcher Enyel De Los Santos suffered his first loss of the season for allowing two hits and two walks for four earned runs in the 8th inning.
For Boston (31-30), the Red Sox did not score a run until the 6th inning, when shortstop Enrique Hernandez hit an RBI single to cut the Cleveland lead to 2-1. Later in the 8th inning, Hernandez would be walked with the bases loaded to tie the game at 2-2. That same inning, pinch hitters Rob Refsnyder and Pablo Reyes would each hit RBI singles to give Boston a 4-2 lead and outfielder Alex Verdugo would hit a sacrifice fly to extend the Boston lead to 5-2.
Starting pitcher James Paxton got his second win of the season for going 7.0 innings, striking out nine batters, and allowing six hits and two walks for two earned runs.
The Guardians will continue their home series against the Red Sox on Wednesday, June 7th, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m.