CLEVELAND -- It was an adventurous but ultimately gratifying Tuesday night for the Red Sox, who rode Chris Sale’s milestone (the fastest pitcher in history to reach 2,000 strikeouts) and a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 10th by Jackie Bradley Jr. to a much-needed 7-6 victory over

CLEVELAND -- It was an adventurous but ultimately gratifying Tuesday night for the Red Sox, who rode Chris Sale’s milestone (the fastest pitcher in history to reach 2,000 strikeouts) and a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 10th by Jackie Bradley Jr. to a much-needed 7-6 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.

Box score

Rafael Devers went 6-for-6 to aid the cause, driving in three runs.

Andrew Cashner, in his first relief appearance since being removed from the starting rotation, notched his first career save.

After losing 12 of their previous 15 games -- including three in a row -- the Red Sox needed a win any way possible.

By the top of the sixth, the Sox held a 6-1 lead. Franmil Reyes took Sale deep for a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 6-3.

And in the seventh, it was in danger of falling apart entirely when an error by Devers on a soft grounder by Greg Allen put Sale in a tough spot, putting runners on second and third with one out.

After Sale got Tyler Naquin on a popup, manager Alex Cora left him in to face the dangerous Francisco Lindor, who smashed a two-run double to left to slim the Boston lead to 6-5.

And Lindor broke Boston’s heart again in the ninth when he ripped a double against closer Brandon Workman to tie the game.

Early on, the story was Sale reaching the 2,000-K mark in 1,626 innings.

Indians center fielder Oscar Mercado was the victim of Sale's 2,000th punchout when he waved at an 81.4-mph slider to end the bottom of the third inning.

The previous fastest was Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who did it in 1,711 1/3 innings. Martinez reached No. 2,000 while pitching for the Red Sox in 2002.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

August 23, 2019
Steve King to defend controversial abortion comments

Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa and an outspoken abortion opponent, will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. ET to discuss "the importance of maintaining a no exceptions position on abortion in federal and state legislation." He'll be joined by a handful of anti-abortion rights activist leaders, including…

August 23, 2019
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lung surgery means

Ruth Bader Ginsburg recovering after surgery Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is said to be "resting comfortably" after surgery at a New York City hospital to remove two cancerous nodules from her lung. It was not her first time dealing cancer, and the news prompted many questions about the…

August 23, 2019
Source: Ruling on AB grievance likely next week

playRosenhaus: If appeal fails, Brown will still play (1:22)Antonio Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says if their appeal to wear his helmet is denied, he'll still continue his NFL career. (1:22)The hearing on Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown's latest helmet grievance has concluded, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, and…

August 23, 2019
Federer eyes Open, shuts out Wimbledon defeat

1:51 PM ETPeter BodoESPN.com Staff Writer ClosePeter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete…