CLEVELAND -- The Indians ended their strong second half on a positive note, defeating the Red Sox, 3-1, in the season finale at Progressive Field to clinch their third consecutive winning season.
Rick Porcello got the nod for Boston and ran up his pitch count early, throwing at least 20 pitches in each of his first three innings before settling down to complete seven strong frames. Porcello allowed three runs on 10 hits, striking out seven while walking one. The start dropped his season ERA under 5.00 for the first time since May 16. He finishes the season 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.
August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.