Schwarber, Red Sox beat Indians for 3rd straight win

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Fans cheer as Boston Red Sox’s Hunter Renfroe tosses his bat after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

BOSTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit a leadoff homer in the first inning, then delivered a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh that sent the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians 8-5.

Hunter Renfroe added a three-run homer in the seventh as Boston won its third straight, holding its spot for the second AL wild-card spot with 25 games remaining in the regular season.

Kevin Plawecki and Jonathan Araúz also homered for the Red Sox, who added their ninth player to the COVID-related injured list in a one-week span earlier Friday yet won again with a piecemeal lineup.

José Ramírez hit his 33rd homer for Cleveland and added an RBI single in the ninth.

The Indians had won four in a row.

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