After an offensive explosion, and a dominant performance from Joe Kelly, the Red Sox look to take the series in the rubber game Sunday afternoon. The Red Sox will be sending Rick Porcello to the mound, who has been struggling as of late. After having a sub-three ERA, Porcello had his roughest outing of the season last time out against the Kansas City Royals, allowing eight hits and five runs (four earned) in five innings. Porcello will need to do a better job at mixing his pitches and establishing the command of his fastball to leave hitters guessing. This season, at Fenway Park, Porcello is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians will be sending their best pitcher, Danny Salazar, to the mound to combat a lethal Red Sox lineup. Salazar, who has been loosely linked to the Red Sox since the offseason, is 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA. In his last start against the Cincinnati Reds, Salazar went 7.1 innings while striking out eight and allowing only one run on five hits. In the month of May, according to ESPN, Salazar has struck out at least eight batters in each of his four starts.