Pat Kelly drew a bases-loaded walk to force home the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning, then hit a three-run double in the eighth to lead the Indians to an 11-4 victory over visiting Boston last night, eliminating the Red Sox from the American League East pennant race.
Kelly's two-out walk against reliever Mark Clear topped a Cleveland comeback that allowed Dan Spillner to raise his record to 4-4. The Cleveland right-hander allowed one hit while striking out two and walking one in 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief. Dennis Eckersley (9-8) took the loss.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Jerry Dybzinski, Miguel Dilone and Jorge Orta hit consecutive singles. But Boston's Dwight Evans and Jim Rice opened the fourth with walks, Evans scoring on Dave Stapleton's two-out single to tie the game.
In the Red Sox sixth, Carl Yastrzemski walked, Tony Perez singled and both runners scored on Stapleton's double. Rick Miller singled home Stapleton for a 4-1 Boston lead.
Cleveland closed within 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, then went ahead in the seventh.
The Indians scored six runs in the eighth inning.