Gomes, Holt Lead Indians To A 7-5 Win Against Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -Yan Gomes had three hits including a home run, rookie pinch-hitter Tyler Holt hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning, and the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Oswaldo Arcia homered in his third straight game for Minnesota, capping a five-run first where Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas also drove in runs.
However, Indians starter Trevor Bauer settled down and retired the next 14 batters before coming out for Kyle Crockett (3-0), who got the final out in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Cody Allen – the last of seven Indians relievers to appear in the game – pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.
Holt, recalled from Triple-A Columbus before the game, pinch-hit for Chris Dickerson with two outs in the sixth and doubled home Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall for his first two career RBIs.
The line-drive to right-center came off reliever Brian Duensing (3-3) and gave the Indians a 6-5 lead.
Michael Bourn singled home Holt to make it a two-run game.
Gomes homered in the second and Zach Walters’ two-run single cut Minnesota’s lead to 5-3 in the fourth.
Arcia’s three-run homer was his fifth in his last seven games and 13th this season, one shy of his 2013 rookie total.
The Twins have hit 28 homers runs in their last 27 games.
Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson allowed five runs in 5 1-3 innings and bounced a costly two-out, two-strike wild pitch in the fifth that allowed Bourn to score and make it 5-4.
Cleveland has won six of its last eight games.
Indians: 1B Nick Swisher had his injured right knee examined by a specialist in California, and manager Terry Francona said the team would provide an update on his condition Wednesday. Also, the Indians placed OF Ryan Raburn on the DL before the game, recalling OF Holt from Triple-A Columbus to take his place. Raburn has been bothered all season by a sore right wrist that he aggravated last week while making a diving catch. The decision was made after Raburn took early batting practice.
“You know what, man?” Francona said he told him. “Let’s calm this thing down.” The manager hoped Raburn could start a rehab assignment before he’s eligible to be activated.
Twins: General manager Terry Ryan ruled out a return this year for RHP Mike Pelfrey, who has been out since making his fifth start in early May, first because of a groin problem and then an elbow injury that required surgery. Pelfrey has resumed playing catch, but time is running out on the season.
“We’ll start him fresh next year and he’ll be a piece of spring training, but I don’t see any reason why we ought to push that.” Pelfrey is under contract for $5.5 million in 2015, but the competition for rotation spots will be crowded.
TWINS: Ricky Nolasco (5-8) starts the second game of this three-game series on Wednesday and will be looking for his first win since July 1. The right-hander signed a four-year, $49 million free-agent contract in the offseason and starts for the second time since coming off the disabled list with an elbow strain.
INDIANS: TJ House (1-3) has allowed three or fewer earned runs in eight straight starts and nine of his first 12. The Indians will try to climb three games above .500 for the first time since July 19.
Orioles 5, White Sox 1
CHICAGO (AP) – Chris Tillman threw eight strong innings and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles won their third in a row, beating the Chicago White Sox 5-1 Tuesday night.
Nick Hundley homered, Chris Davis had a two-run double and Adam Jones and Delmon Young also drove in runs for the Orioles.
Tillman (10-5) matched a career high with nine strikeouts, giving up one run and three hits. He won for the third time this month as Baltimore improved to 38-26 away from Camden Yards.
Tillman’s lone mistake came in the first when he allowed Jose Abreu’s 32nd home run, tying the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton for the most in baseball. The homer was Abreu’s first of the month.
Jose Quintana (6-10) who lost his third straight start.
Astros 7, Yankees 4
NEW YORK (AP) – Chris Carter snapped a ninth-inning tie with a colossal three-run homer, extending his second-half power surge and sending the Houston Astros to a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Marwin Gonzalez knocked in two runs with a pinch-hit single, and the fourth-place Astros (53-73) won for the third time in four meetings with the Yankees this season. Despite a $154 million difference in opening-day payroll, Houston took two of three at home against New York to begin the season.
Brian McCann hit a two-run homer and Martin Prado had three hits for the Yankees, who wasted their first chance to make up ground in the standings during a six-game homestand against a pair of teams with losing records in the Astros and Chicago White Sox.
New York began the night three games out of a playoff spot.
Angels 4, Red Sox 3
BOSTON (AP) – Chris Iannetta hit his second double of the game, a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara that sent the Los Angeles Angels over Boston 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Brennan Boesch had a ground-rule double with two outs off Uehara (5-3) for the Angels’ first hit since the fourth. Iannetta then lined a double off the left-field wall, just above the leap of Daniel Nava.
Joe Smith (5-1) got the win for the AL West leaders and Huston Street recorded his 34th save.
David Ortiz hit his 29th homer, a solo shot in the Boston first that increased his major league-leading total to 91 RBIs.
Brewers 6, Blue Jays 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Mike Fiers pitched seven dominant innings and Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez each hit two doubles as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Fiers (3-1) held the Blue Jays to two hits and one run and retired the final 18 batters he faced. He struck out six and walked one to help Milwaukee win its fifth straight game.
The Blue Jays have lost six of seven.
Milwaukee jumped on Toronto starter J.A. Happ (8-8) immediately, belting three doubles to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
The Brewers added two doubles in the third to extend their lead to 4-1. Milwaukee hitters connected for another pair of doubles in the fifth and added two more runs.
Happ lasted just 3 1-3 innings, giving up six hits and four runs.
Marlins 4, Rangers 3
MIAMI (AP) – Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 Tuesday night for their third straight win.
Miami (63-62) surpassed last year’s total of 62. The Marlins moved over .500 for the first time since June 20.
Jeff Baker reached with one out in the 10th on first baseman Mike Carp’s error. Donovan Solano’s infield single with two outs moved Baker to second.
Neftali Feliz relieved Neal Cotts (2-7) to face Stanton, who singled to right field.
Sam Dyson (2-0) struck out the side in the 10th.