Cleveland reliever Oliver Perez broke a spike loose on his shoe, and three batters later, the Red Sox broke the game open.
Sandy Leon hit a three-run homer off Perez after he caused an odd stoppage asking for new footwear, J.D. Martinez homered twice and Boston beat the Indians 12-5 Monday.
Perez put Fenway Park into a strange delay when he relieved during Boston’s six-run fifth inning. The 37-year-old left-hander noticed something amiss with his spikes while warming up and signaled for a replacement pair, leaving him milling about the mound in his socks while a trainer fetched fresh Nikes.
He said after the game that the toe spike came loose when he was grooming the mound before his first batter.
“It never happened to me before,” he said. “It’s kind of funny. It’s part of the game.”
Boston socked it to him after that. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit an RBI double to make it 6-3 after Perez retired the first batter, then Leon hit his drive into the Green Monster seats.
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“I heard he busted out of ’em,” said Bradley, who was on deck. “I’ve never seen anything like that. I didn’t actually see it, still. I was still trying to do my homework.”
Dodgers 9, Mets 5: Cody Bellinger hit his 19th homer and threw out two runners from right field, leading host Los Angeles. Chris Taylor and pinch-hitter Kiké Hernandez also went deep for the Dodgers, who have won 10 of 12.
Rockies 4, D’backs 3: Raimel Tapia singled in the winning run in the 11th inning to give Colorado its third walk-off win in four games.
Mariners 6, Rangers 2: Daniel Vogelbach hit a mammoth two-run homer in the seventh inning, Kyle Seager drove in his first run of the season and host Seattle snapped a six-game skid.
Astros 6, Cubs 5: Gerrit Cole tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in six solid innings and Houston reached Cole Hamels early and held off visiting Chicago.
Marlins 3, Nationals 2: Miami starter Jose Ureña pitched seven solid innings, host Washington’s bullpen blew another lead behind Max Scherzer, and the Marlins avoided a four-game sweep.
Rays 8, Blue Jays 3: Starter Yonny Chirinos was pulled after five no-hit innings and host Tampa Bay beat Toronto. Five relievers completed a four-hitter. Austin Meadows homered and drove in three runs for the Rays.
Yankees 5, Padres 2: Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner and Gary Sanchez homered, Manny Machado was booed and greeted with chants of “Over-rated!” in his first visit to New York since free agency, and the Yankees got their eighth win in nine games.
Pirates, Reds split: Former Giants prospect Bryan Reynolds hit a tie-breaking two-run triple as visiting Pittsburgh won 8-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. In the nightcap, the Reds cuffed around prized pitching prospect Mitch Keller in the first inning of his major-league debut, including a grand slam by Jose Iglesias, and won 8-1.
Orioles 5, Tigers 3: Renato Nuñez and Jonathan Villar homered, and host Baltimore benefited from several miscues by skidding Detroit. Despite the victory, the Orioles still own the worst record in the AL at 17-37 and the majors’ poorest home mark at 7-19. Detroit has dropped 12 of 13.
Brewers 5, Twins 4: Orlando Arcia drove in three runs, including a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning, as visiting Milwaukee ended Minnesota’s six-game winning streak.
Royals-White Sox suspended: Yolmer Sanchez hit a tying single for the White Sox before the game in Chicago was suspended because of rain with the score 1-1. The teams will pick up Tuesday where they left off, with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and a runner on second, before their scheduled night game.
Briefly: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia will take an “indefinite leave” in his quest to recover from knee trouble, putting in doubt whether he’ll be able to return to the majors. … Baltimore traded right-hander Yefry Ramirez to Pittsburgh for a player to be named or cash. … Arizona put right-hander Luke Weaver (forearm tightness) on the 10-day injured list.
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