roundup: Indians walk off on Kipnis' slam
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[September 20, 2018]
Jason Kipnis hit a walk-off
grand slam with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the
Cleveland Indians rallied for a 4-1 victory over the visiting
Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
It was the 17th homer of the season for Kipnis and his second career
grand slam. It was also the 1,000th career hit for Kipnis and the
10th grand slam homer hit by the Indians this season.
Josh Donaldson led off the ninth with an infield single off reliever
Juan Minaya, and Rajai Davis entered as a pinch runner. Caleb Frare
(0-1) replaced Minaya and was greeted by a ground single to left by
pinch hitter Yandy Diaz that sent Davis to second. After Melky
Cabrera popped out to Frare trying to sacrifice, Ian Hamilton
replaced Frare and hit Yan Gomes with his first pitch to load the
Kipnis then worked the count to 3-2 and before drilling a changeup
399 feet into the bleachers in right field for his fourth career
Yankees 10, Red Sox 1
Luke Voit went 4-for-4 with homers in consecutive at-bats off David
Price, and New York beat Boston at Yankee Stadium, preventing the
Red Sox from clinching the American League East title.
Voit hit a solo homer to right to start the fourth inning and give
the Yankees a 4-0 lead. In his next at-bat, the burly first baseman
hit a two-run homer into the first row of the right field seats --
in nearly the same spot as his first -- for a 6-1 edge. After replay
confirmed that a fan did not interfere by reaching over, Voit's
second homer knocked out Price (15-7).
New York's Luis Severino (18-8) won for the first time in four
starts by pitching one-run ball for seven innings. The Red Sox
maintained a magic number of two to clinch their third straight
division title and 10th overall.
Dodgers 5, Rockies 2
Walker Buehler struck out a career-high 12 batters, and Yasiel Puig
had a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the seventh inning as Los
Angeles widened its lead in the National League West with a victory
over visiting Colorado.
The Dodgers finished off a three-game sweep, boosting their lead in
the division to 2 1/2 games, their largest advantage at any point
this year. Los Angeles went 12-7 against the Rockies this season.
Los Angeles, which was nine games out of the division lead on May 9,
has won seven of eight games. The Rockies have lost five of six and
are 1 1/2 games out of the NL's second wild-card spot.
Diamondbacks 9, Cubs 0
Christian Walker, Chris Owings and Jeff Mathis homered, and Robbie
Ray threw six scoreless innings as Arizona used an unorthodox lineup
to break a four-game losing streak with a victory over visiting
Patrick Kivlehan tied a franchise record with two triples, and
Owings had three hits in a game in which manager Torey Lovullo gave
regulars Paul Goldschmidt, David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Eduardo
Escobar the night off.
Ray (6-2) gave up only Addison Russell's third-inning single while
striking out eight and walking four. The Cubs did not have another
hit, and they did not have more than one runner on base in any
Mariners 9, Astros 0
Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia slugged solo home
runs, and Seattle claimed the season series with a victory at
The Mariners took the rubber match of the three-game and season
series by jumping to a 3-0 lead on Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel
(11-11) in the first inning and never looking back.
Houston won the season series from all four of its American League
West rivals last season and needed a win over Seattle to accomplish
that feat again. Instead, the Mariners won for the seventh time in
nine games in Houston, stalling the Astros' postseason march. The
Astros' magic number to secure a postseason berth remained at two.
Rays 9, Rangers 3
Tommy Pham had three hits including a pair of solo home runs as part
of a 16-hit barrage as visiting Tampa Bay remained the hottest team
in baseball with a win over Texas to sweep a three-game series.
The victory was the fifth in a row for the Rays and their 14th in
their past 17 games, all in September.
Tampa Bay stayed 5 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second American
League wild-card spot with 11 games left in the season.
A's 10, Angels 0
Brett Anderson combined with three relievers on a four-hit shutout,
and Stephen Piscotty matched a career-high with five RBIs,
delivering Oakland a victory over visiting Los Angeles.
Jed Lowrie and Ramon Laureano drove in two runs apiece for the A's,
who snapped a three-game losing streak during which they allowed 21
Anderson (4-5) retired the first eight batters he faced and took a
three-hit shutout two outs into the seventh inning before giving way
to right-hander Ryan Dull. The veteran lefty struck out three and
did not walk a batter.
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Cleveland Indians center fielder Jason Kipnis (22) celebrates his
game-winning grand slam in the ninth inning against the Chicago
White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA
Brewers 7, Reds 0
Gio Gonzalez pitched six shutout innings, and Jesus Aguilar drove in
four runs, three on a third-inning home run, lifting Milwaukee to a
victory over visiting Cincinnati.
Manny Pina also had a three-run homer for the Brewers, who moved
three games ahead of St. Louis in the race for the first National
League wild card.
Starting for the third time since joining the Brewers in a trade
from Washington in August, Gonzalez (9-11) allowed a second-inning
single to Phil Ervin and a fourth-inning single to Scooter Gennett
in his six innings. He walked two and struck out five while
improving to 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA as a Brewer.
Braves 7, Cardinals 3
Freddie Freeman had three hits, one of them his 23rd homer, to help
Atlanta snap a four-game losing streak and beat visiting St. Louis.
The win trimmed Atlanta's magic number for clinching the National
League East to six. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for
Freeman broke open the scoreless tie with a two-run homer to
left-center in the fourth inning. He added an RBI single in
Atlanta's three-run fifth inning and finished 3-for-3 with a walk, a
run and three RBIs. Freeman has hit safely in four straight and is
9-for-17 with two homers during that span.
Phillies 4, Mets 0
Zach Eflin struck out nine over five scoreless innings, and Rhys
Hoskins and Odubel Herrera each homered as Philadelphia kept its
flickering playoff hopes alive by beating visiting New York.
The second straight win by the Phillies kept them 5 1/2 games behind
the National League East-leading Braves heading into a four-game
series beginning Thursday at SunTrust Park.
The Mets (70-82) have lost four of five and are assured of their
second straight losing season.
Padres 8, Giants 4
Freddy Galvis had a homer and four RBIs, and Wil Myers capped a
five-run second inning with a tiebreaking, two-run homer to lead San
Diego to a victory over visiting San Francisco.
The win snapped the Padres' six-game losing streak to the Giants and
prevented San Francisco from sweeping back-to-back series at Petco
Park for the first time since the ballpark opened in 2004.
Eight of the game's 12 runs were scored in the second, including
five by the Padres, with Myers' 414-foot drive into the San Diego
bullpen being the decisive blow. Padres starter Robbie Erlin (4-7)
broke a four-start losing streak by allowing three runs on five hits
and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings.
Twins 8, Tigers 2
Willians Astudillo had three RBIs, Stephen Gonsalves pitched six
strong relief innings, and Minnesota completed a three-game sweep at
Gonsalves (1-2) allowed one hit, one walk and struck out four to
earn his first career major league win. Robbie Grossman and Ehire
Adrianza each had three hits and Tyler Austin added two hits and two
RBIs for the Twins, who have won four in a row.
The Twins have a 10-6 lead in the season series with the Tigers.
Pirates 2, Royals 1
Adam Frazier hit a go-ahead solo home run in the fifth inning to
give Pittsburgh a win and a three-game series sweep of visiting
The Pirates won each game in the series by one run. They have won
five straight games and six of seven in their quest to finish above
.500. They also have an eight-game home winning streak.
Adalberto Mondesi hit a solo homer for Kansas City (52-100), which
reached 100 losses for the fifth time this century. The Royals have
lost four straight.
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1
DJ Stewart homered, doubled and scored twice, and Cedric Mullins
added an RBI single in the seventh inning as host Baltimore defeated
Toronto saw its four-game winning streak end.
Jimmy Yacabonis was a last-minute starter for the Orioles. The
right-hander went four shutout innings and gave up two hits. Mike
Wright Jr. (4-2) then came on for two scoreless innings to get the
--Field Level Media
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