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Tomlin allows 2 homers as Indians lose to Red Sox

Brian Dulik, Associated Press

Cleveland  — Josh Tomlin again struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark.

David Ortiz  of the Boston Red Sox celebrates at home after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning.

David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a solo shot in the sixth inning Monday, rallying the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians 3-2.

Tomlin (11-6) has allowed a major league-leading 29 home runs.

“I’m not going to walk guys, I’m going to challenge them, but I’m trying to avoid the crooked numbers (on the scoreboard) as much as I can,” Tomlin said. “That hasn’t really happened lately. I have to limit the traffic on the bases in order to limit the damage for myself and my team.”

Ortiz’s 27th home run this season, the 530th of his big league career, came off a cutter and overcame a 1-0 deficit. Ortiz homered in all three games the Red Sox played in Cleveland in his final season.

“I thought Ortiz might ambush the heater, so I went in another direction,” Tomlin said. “I made a mistake against an unbelievable hitter, a great hitter, and he made me pay.”

Drew Pomeranz (1-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 7⅔ innings to win for the first time since he was acquired from San Diego on July 14. He had been 0-2 in five starts for the Red Sox.

Selected by Cleveland with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, Pomeranz gave up Rajai Davis’ leadoff homer in the fourth and RBI double in the eighth.

Francisco Lindor doubled against Craig Kimbrel leading off the ninth and Mike Napoli walked. Carlos Santana and pinch-hitter Jason Kipnis struck out, and Abraham Almonte hit a drive to right that hooked foul before he popped out. Kimbrel got his 20th save in 22 chances.

Tomlin lost his third straight outing and for the fifth time in seven decisions after a 9-1 start, allowing three runs and seven hits in 7⅔ innings. AL Central-leading Cleveland had won its previous four games.

“This was a good win,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “They pushed us, obviously, but Kimbrel was able to get the last one.”

Boston trails AL East-leading Toronto by 1½ games in the AL East and leads for the league’s second wild card. 

“Every win matters,” Ortiz said.