It's the injuries suffered by two of his teammates earlier in the contest that have Indians fans feeling anxious.
Cleveland relief ace Andrew Miller left in the seventh inning after aggravating the patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Santana left with tightness in his lower back. He then gestured to the dugout and subsequently gave an explanation to Terry Francona, who pulled him from the game.
- Kluber is Sale's only competition for the AL Cy Young award this season, though he's just 2-3 with a 4.48 ERA in his career against Boston.
Boston led 4-3 behind two-run homers by Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Benintendi before Edwin Encarnacion tied the game in the eighth with an RBI single. Benintendi hit his homer in the first.
But walks proved to be Clevinger's undoing.
Perez also had a three-run homer in the second inning.
Cleveland evened the season series between the two clubs at 2-2 with three games remaining.
Named to the American League All-Star team for the second consecutive season, Miller owns a 4-3 record with a 1.65 ERA to his credit.
Wendelstedt stayed in for the final out of the sixth inning.
- Fister picked up one of his two wins of the season against the Indians with 7.2 innings of two-run ball back on July 31.
Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (back spasms) says he's on schedule to start Wednesday after a bullpen session Monday. First pitch was at 7:10 p.m. with a temperature of 80 degrees. We all remember how important home field advantage was last October, when the Indians swept the Red Sox with relative ease.
Carrasco will be making his fifth career start against Boston (seventh appearance).
- Sale had his worst outing in a Red Sox uniform against the Indians (his kryptonite), surrendering seven runs on eight hits over five innings back on August 1.
Eduardo Rodriguez allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings for Boston.