And then there was one.

And then there was one.

The Red Sox have now played 161 games after their 2-0 loss to the Indians Saturday night in Cleveland. It puts the Sox record at 78-83, one game in back of fourth-place Tampa Bay in the quest not to finish in the American League East basement.

It clinches at least a tie for last-place in the division for the Red Sox, marking the third time in the last four seasons they will have finished in the bottom spot.

The Red Sox‘ third loss in a row was primarily a product of being baffled by Cleveland starter Corey Kluber, who shutout the visitors while allowing just three hits and striking out nine over eight innings.

The 2014 Cy Young Award-winning Kluber, who lowered his ERA to 3.49, finished his 2015 season going 9-16, having pitched 222 innings.

Sandy Leon claimed two of the Red Sox three hits, with Travis Shaw also managing a single. The only Sox baserunner to reach second base was Mookie Betts, who walked and stole second in the second inning.

Xander Bogaerts, who came into the game needing five hits to reach 200 for the season, went 0-for-4.

Taking the loss was starter Craig Breslow, who allowed a pair of solo home runs over his career-high 5 1/3-inning outing. Breslow would finish his second start of the season giving up five hits. The lefty’s previous longest appearance came against the Orioles when he pitched four innings during the Sox’ Sept. 26 win.

The game took 2 hours, 41 minutes to play after a rain delay.

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Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

UPDATE: Dustin Pedroia was initially in the Red Sox‘ lineup, but was replaced by Josh Rutledge wi

After hitting his 37th home run of the season Friday night, David Ortiz will sit out the Red Sox‘ second to last game of the 2015 season.

With one game to go, Ortiz is sitting with a .910 OPS and 107 RBIs in 145 games.

Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup with Craig Breslow getting the start against the Indians and former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Travis Shaw 1B
Rusney Castillo LF
Brock Holt DH
Deven Marrero 3B
Sandy Leon C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

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Rob Bradford

Ensured of a losing season following Friday’€™s loss in Cleveland, and back in a tie for last place in the American League East, the 78-82 Red Sox take the field for the penultimate game of 2015 on Saturday night with Craig Breslow on the mound against Corey Kluber, who has been unable to duplicate last year’€™s AL Cy Young season.

Breslow (0-3, 4.22 ERA) made his first career start last Saturday against the Orioles, allowing just two hits in four innings as the Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory.

“Now that it’s done and it went pretty well, it was a lot of fun,” the 35-year-old left-hander said. “I don’t know how many guys make 500-some odd career relief appearances and then get a chance to start their first big league game.”

Breslow, who again will be limited to 50-60 pitches Saturday, has not faced the Indians this season. In his career vs. Cleveland, spanning 26 games and 26 innings, he is 1-3 with a 2.42 ERA.

Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber

Kluber (8-16, 3.62 ERA) has been struggling of late, going 0-4 with a 5.13 ERA in his last six starts. The 29-year-old right-hander allowed nine home runs in those six games, spanning 33 1/3 innings, after allowing the same number of homers in his previous 18 starts and 136 innings.

Limited to three September starts by a hamstring issue, Kluber is the first pitcher to lose 16 games with at least 230 strikeouts since Nolan Ryan in 1987 (8-16 for the Astros).

“I’ll take him at 80 percent compared to a lot of guys at 100 percent,” teammate Jason Kipnis said. “Corey is out there giving his best because he wants to help this team any way he can.”

Kluber is 0-2 in five career games vs. Boston, including one meeting this season. On Aug. 19 he allowed six runs — including a career-worst four home runs — in six innings as the Tribe dropped a 6-4 decision.

Red Sox vs. Kluber (RHP)

David Ortiz (12 plate appearances): .273 AVG/.333 OBP/.818 SLG, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (12): .182/.250/.273, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Brock Holt (10): .300/.300/.300, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Jackie Bradley Jr. (8): .167/.286/.667, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan (8): .250/.250/.625, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch.

Rusney Castillo is 1-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Pablo Sandoval is 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.

Travis Shaw is 1-for-2 with a HR, RBI, walk and strikeout.

Josh Rutledge is 0-for-2.

Indians vs. Breslow (LHP)

Michael Brantley (9 plate appearances): .250 AVG/.333 OBP/.250 SLG, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mike Aviles (7): .286/.286/.286

Carlos Santana (6): .200/.333/.400, 1 double, 1 walk,  2 strikeouts

Jason Kipnis is 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Lonnie Chisenhall is 0-for-3.

Chris Johnson is 2-for-3 with a double.

Adam Moore is 0-for-2.

Ryan Raburn is 1-for-2.

Yan Gomes is 0-for-1.

Jerry Sands is 0-for-1.

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David Ortiz just keeps making history.

David Ortiz follows through on his 37th homer in Friday's loss. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

David Ortiz follows through on his 37th homer in Friday’s loss. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

David Ortiz just keeps making history.

The Red Sox designated hitter isn’t letting age slow him, not by a long shot. On Friday night against the Indians, Ortiz blasted his 37th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth that accounted for all of the Red Sox scoring in an 8-2 loss in Cleveland.

Ortiz had already become just the second player ever to hit 30 homers and drive in at least 100 runs at age 39 or later. Barry Bonds, who went 45-101 in 2004, is the other.

He simply added to those totals on Friday, with his season numbers now standing at 37 homers and 107 driven in. If Ortiz can hit three more home runs over the final two games of the season — a tall order, to be sure — he’ll join Bonds and Hank Aaron as the only 39-year-olds to hit 40 homers. He also needs six RBIs to tie Paul Molitor’s record for most RBIs (113) for a player 39 or older.

Ortiz wasn’t even necessarily supposed to play on Friday. A night earlier, interim manager Torey Lovullo had suggested that Ortiz wouldn’t play again this season. He certainly had nothing left to prove. But Ortiz had other ideas.

“It really wasn’t anything pressing, to be honest with you,” Lovullo told reporters in Cleveland before the game. “I just asked him how he felt, he said, ‘I’m ready to go.’ That was really it. Maybe I gave you guys the wrong impression, which I apologize for. All along, we were going to re-evaluate where he was at today and just talk it over and see how he felt.

“Obviously, he wants to play. The best part about David are the things nobody knows about. He wants to play for all the right reasons. He wants to play to win a game. He wants to play to do well. He wants to play to show his younger teammates that this is what a championship-style player does. It speaks volumes about his character, that he is here to play.”

The rest of the game didn’t go so well for the Red Sox or rookie left-hander Henry Owens, who got knocked around before being knocked out in the fifth. Owens allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings, walking four, striking out four, and struggling with his command.

Owens finishes his rookie campaign with a 4-4 record and 4.57 ERA.

The Indians put this one away with four in the third and three in the fifth. Carlos Santana struck the big blow, a three-run double with one out in the third.

With the loss, the Red Sox (78-82) are guaranteed to finish the season with a losing record.

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John Tomase
Henry Owens

Henry Owens

The Red Sox will wrap up their season with a three-game set on the road against the Indians, and they’ll send rookie Henry Owens to the mound to face Josh Tomlin in the opener Friday night.

Owens (4-3, 3.84) is coming off a tremendous outing against the Orioles on Sunday, going 7 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and one walk with five strikeouts in an outing worthy of an ovation as he exited the game in the 2-0 victory.

“Another solid outing,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “He just had one little hiccup — it was a 29-pitch sixth inning — but outside of that, it was an outstanding effort. He held a very good team in check and preserved a lead. Command of his fastball was very good, the secondary stuff even better.”

Added catcher Blake Swihart: “He’s just attacking guys. He’s got a four-pitch arsenal and he’s just going after guys and getting outs.”

The 23-year-old left-hander is 2-1 in his last three starts with a 1.59 ERA, while holding opposing batters to just a .198 ERA. Of the five runs (four earned) that he’s allowed during that stretch, all of them came in his Sept. 22 outing against the Rays.

Friday will be Owens’ first career start against the Indians. He is 2-1 on the road with a 1.99 ERA over four starts.

Tomlin (6-2, 3.03 ERA) is coming off his first no-decision (over nine starts) on the season after getting lit up and chased early against the Royals on Saturday. He went just 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. The Indians eventually won the game, 9-5.

After undergoing right shoulder surgery at the beginning of the season, Tomlin made his season debut Aug. 9. In his nine starts this season, the Indians are 7-2. Saturday’s outing was the first time the 30-year-old right-hander went less than five innings all season. He’s allowed three runs or less in seven of his nine starts.

Tomlin has not seen the Sox this year, but over five career appearances (four starts) has a 1-2 record with a 6.67 ERA, the worst stats against any of the 19 teams he’s faced.

He’s been successful at Progressive Field over the course of his career, putting together a 20-15 record over 45 appearances (40 starts), with a 4.42 ERA. In 2015, he is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA over four starts in Cleveland.

Red Sox vs. Tomlin (RHP)

David Ortiz (12 plate appearances): .091 AVG/.167 OBP/.364 SLG, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (10): .300/.300/.300, 1 strikeout

Brock Holt is 1 for-3.

Allen Craig is 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is 1-for-2 with a strikeout.

Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-2.

Indians vs. Owens (LHP)

No Indians batters have faced Owens.

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According to a source, Yoan Moncada is dealing with a bruised hand after being hit by a pitch in the Fall Instructional League on Thursday. He came out of the game as a precaution and didn’t play Friday.

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

According to a source, Yoan Moncada is dealing with a bruised hand after being hit by a pitch in the Fall Instructional League on Thursday. He came out of the game as a precaution and didn’t play Friday.

The source said the second baseman is day-to-day, but it didn’t appear to be serious.

Moncada is coming off his first professional season in the Red Sox organization where he batted .278 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 81 games with Single-A Greenville, while also stealing 49 bases. He was named the Red Sox minor league base runner of the year and was honored last weekend at Fenway Park.

The Cuban was also recently tabbed Baseball America’s best prospect in the South Atlantic League.

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Ryan Hannable