Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, STO (Cleveland), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Shane Bieber (6-2, 4.37 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.62)
Bieber is unbeaten in his last four starts, although he only has one win to show for it over that time after settling for a second straight no-decision Wednesday at Cincinnati. The 23-year-old rookie is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three August outings but turned in his worst effort over that stretch against the Reds, giving up three runs over 4 1/3 innings. Bieber will try to remain unbeaten outside of Cleveland (2-0, 4.11 ERA in six road starts) when he faces Boston for the first time.
Eovaldi will be happy to return to Fenway Park – where he has yet to yield a run in 15 innings – after settling for a pair of no-decisions at Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Houston native allowed three runs (one earned) across five innings Wednesday versus the Phillies after surrendering eight runs (four earned) in 2 2/3 frames against the Orioles. Yan Gomes (4-for-8) has enjoyed the most success against Eovaldi, who is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three career games (two starts) versus Cleveland.
1. The Red Sox have lost three straight only once (April 21-24) and are the only team in the majors without a four-game losing streak this season.
2. Cleveland is 16-4 in its last 20 road contests.
3. Boston on Monday fell to 60-10 when it scores first and 64-5 when holding a lead after five innings.