CLEVELAND — Like some in the crowd, the Indians' offense seemingly took a day off from work.

The Boston Red Sox threw more than half a dozen pitchers at the Indians, who hit none of them hard and produced just four hits in a 5-1 loss Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field.

Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson started the game (2 2/3 innings) and was followed by Marcus Walden, Darwinzon Hernandez, Josh Taylor, Nathan Eovaldi, Andrew Cashner and Brandon Workman, all of whom kept the Indians' lineup off balance.

The Indians' lone run of the day came about on two errors, a walk and a wild pitch. With one out, Francisco Lindor grounded a ball to Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts. It was a tough play for Bogaerts, and Lindor was credited with a single and advanced to second after Bogaerts' throw sailed into the camera bay beyond first base.

After Oscar Mercado reached on an error by third baseman Rafael Devers on a grounder that hit the lip of the infield grass and took a low hop, Lindor came around to score on a wild pitch by Johnson

Aside from that sequence, the Indians had a slow, quiet afternoon at the plate.

Although their errors figured prominently in the Indians' lone run, in the top half of the third inning a few minutes earlier Bogaerts and Devers had given the Red Sox (64-59) all the scoring they needed. Facing Indians starter Shane Bieber, they drilled back-to-back solo home runs to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.

"Pretty relentless, just not really any spots to take a break," Bieber said of the Red Sox. "But going where we’re going this year, just gotta get used to pitching in those games and against those types of lineups because they’re one of those lineups that can put some damage on you and do some damage. You’ve got to be able to combat that and just be better."

Bieber, 24, allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk and struck out seven in six innings. He also recorded his 200th strikeout of the season, becoming the youngest Indians pitcher to reach that plateau since Dennis Eckersley accomplished the feat as a 21-year-old in 1976.

"Maybe tomorrow," Bieber said when asked if he can reflect on the milestone. "It’s nice. It’s obviously something guys, including myself, try to reach. There was a lot of talk last year if I was going to do it or not. Whether I didn’t have enough time up here, I had 197 or whatever it might have been. There was a lot of smack talk in between seasons and in the offseason. It’s nice to do it, [and] I’m sure I’ll reflect on it later."

Bieber also pitched through some nausea on Wednesday. He woke up not feeling good and nearly had to exit the game at one point. Bieber later said he turned a corner around the fourth inning but hadn't felt good all day.

"He woke up feeling sick, he was nauseous the entire game and he gave us six," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I mean, there was a chance after the second inning that he was gonna come out of that game and he stayed out there for six innings and gave us a chance to win. That was impressive.”

Bogaerts delivered the knockout blow in the seventh after the Indians (72-49) had turned to Nick Goody, who has been stellar this season and sported a terrific slider. But with two runners on, Goody made a rare mistake with that slider and left it up and over the plate, and Bogaerts hammered it for a three-run home run over the 19-foot wall in left field for his second homer of the day.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians. Follow him on Twitter at @ByRyanLewis.