June 17, 1987

The defending American League champions continued struggling to put up much of a fight to keep that title.

An 8-7 loss to the Indians at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium (aka, the Mistake by the Lake) dropped the Red Sox 28-35, in fifth place in the seven-team American League East. They were 12.5 games behind the first-place Blue Jays.

They were 5.5 games behind the fourth-place Brewers.

Starter Al Nipper couldn’t get past the third inning, allowing four earned runs on six hits.

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