Monday, July 16, 2018
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Boston's Kelly impresses in return from DL

BOSTON — Joe Kelly clearly showed he was ready to come back.

Kelly pitched no-hit ball for 62/3 innings in his first start since a month on the disabled list, Mookie Betts had a grand slam and a solo homer and the Red Sox beat the Indians 9-1 Saturday.

"I just felt super strong out there," Kelly said. "All the work I've been putting in since I went out on the DL in getting the shoulder stronger in the training room, it was good to go out there and not even think about it."

Jackie Bradley extended his majors-best hitting streak to 26 games with an infield single. Dom DiMaggio owns the Red Sox record with a 34-game string in 1949.

"If it's meant to end, it's meant to end," Bradley said when asked if there's pressure.

Kelly, out with a right shoulder impingement since April 20, shut down the Indians until Juan Uribe doubled to the right-centerfield gap with two outs in the seventh.

The right-hander knew his time on the mound was running low with the pitch total rising. Manager John Farrell pulled him at 104 pitches after the hit.

"I saw my pitch count climbing up. I'm not stupid," he said.

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