Indians Rally In 8th To Beat Dodgers 5-4 In Matinee
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Aviles capped a three-run eighth inning with a two-run single against Brian Wilson, rallying the Cleveland Indians past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 on Wednesday.
Ryan Raburn homered off Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was lifted after seven with a 3-2 lead.
But Wilson (1-3) retired only one of the six batters he faced, giving up a tying single by pinch-hitter David Murphy and Aviles’ clutch hit after an intentional walk to Lonnie Chisenhall.
Brian Shaw (3-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory.
Scott Atchison gave up a solo homer by Scott Van Slyke in the eighth. Cody Allen got four outs for his eighth save, retiring Matt Kemp on a flyball to the warning track with the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position.
Ryu allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out eight, and hit an RBI double that triggered a three-run fifth. The left-hander did not walk a batter, his 13th straight outing with fewer than three bases on balls.
Dodgers starting pitchers have issued fewer than three walks in 36 consecutive games, tying the 2005 Minnesota Twins for the longest such streak in the modern era (since 1900).
Dodgers rookie Miguel Rojas, who has made dazzling plays all over the infield since his promotion from Triple-A — one of which preserved Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter on June 18 — made his seventh start at third base and robbed Michael Brantley of an RBI in the fifth with a diving backhanded grab of his line drive toward the line.
Carlos Santana followed with a sharp single to right field, but Van Slyke made a one-hop throw to catcher A.J. Ellis for the tag on Asdrubal Cabrera.
Andre Ethier hit a two-run single in the fifth off Indians starter Trevor Bauer for a 3-2 lead.
Raburn, playing his first game since his diving catch in right field against Seattle’s Kyle Seager left him with a headache and a stiff neck, opened the scoring in the fourth with his second homer of the season.
Bauer gave up three runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings. The 23-year-old righty from UCLA, born in North Hollywood and pitching in California for the first time in the majors, remained 0-5 in nine career road starts with a 6.64 ERA.
NOTES: Kershaw, picked Wednesday as NL Pitcher of the Month for June after winning all six starts with an 0.82 ERA and 61 strikeouts, starts Friday night’s series opener at Colorado against the pitcher who opposed him in his no-hitter on June 18 — Jorge De La Rosa. … Wilson had allowed one run in his previous 19 appearances, spanning 16 2-3 innings. … Chisenhall entered Wednesday hitting .344, three points shy of league leader Jose Altuve of Houston — but was five plate appearances shy of the number he needed to qualify for the AL batting race. The Indians haven’t had a batting champion since Bobby Avila in 1954.