|Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin hits an RBI double in the fifth inning on Wednesday. ( USA Today-Yonhap)|
LOS ANGELES (AP) ― The Cleveland Indians had plenty to talk about on the flight home at the end of a 4-4 road trip.
There were back-to-back losses in one-hit shutouts, and a rare 7-2-4 triple play that required two video replays to confirm. There was also the three-run eighth inning they had against Brian Wilson on Wednesday, which Mike Aviles capped with a two-run single en route to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“We went 4-4, but it seems like we were gone a month,” manager Terry Francona said. “It’s been a long trip, and this was a good way to end it. We won a tough game. That was a good one to win.”
After Scott Atchison gave up a solo homer by Scott Van Slyke in the eighth, Cody Allen got four outs for his eighth save. He retired Matt Kemp on a flyball to the warning track with the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position.
Ryan Raburn homered off Ryu Hyun-jin, 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.
“Anytime you can get a hit and some RBIs, it’s always great,” Aviles said. “I was just looking for pitch up. I know he throws a bunch of cutters and he throws hard. He’s been a good pitcher for a long time.
“The arms that are coming out of that bullpen are pretty interesting, and they’re definitely good. So you’ve got to piece together some ABs and try and do things together,” he added. “I definitely have faith in our bullpen. So I knew if we got a couple of runs there, it would work out well. It’s always great when you can sneak out with a win at the end.”
Wilson had allowed one run in his previous 19 appearances, spanning 16 2/3 innings.
“Brian’s been throwing well. I don’t know how many innings he’s thrown before today without giving up a run, but it seemed like a while,” said Van Slyke, who threw a runner at home plate from right field. “When you make a mistake, it usually ends up biting you. Hopefully, that’s out of the way and he can start a new streak.”
Brian Shaw (3-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to get the victory.
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. Rodriguez, Rays sweep Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) ― One night it was Logan Forsythe with the big hit. On another it was James Loney. Then Sean Rodriguez stepped up for the streaking Tampa Bay Rays.
Just the way manager Joe Maddon likes his three-game sweeps.
Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and drove in three runs, helping the Rays extend their longest winning string this year to five and handing the New York Yankees their season-worst fifth straight loss, 6-3, Wednesday.
“We’re getting a different bus driver on a daily basis, that’s kind of neat,” Maddon said. “That’s who we have to be. We’re not necessarily built around one guy. We’re built as group. Everybody’s got to do their job.”
The Rays won all three games at Yankee Stadium for their first road sweep since taking three in the Bronx Sept. 24-26.
After veering way off course early, Tampa Bay has that bus back on track. The Rays improved to 11 games under .500 for the first time in a month after falling 18 under on June 10, and the team is finally buying into Maddon’s plan.
Orioles beat Rangers 6-4
|Texas Rangers outfielder Choo Shin-soo singles in the first inning on Wednesday. The Korean went 1 for 2 with three walks and two runs scored. (AFP-Yonhap)|
BALTIMORE (AP) ― Adam Jones and Ryan Flaherty hit solo homers and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers for the third consecutive game, 6-4 on Wednesday night.
The Rangers have lost eight consecutive road games, their longest drought since 2005. Baltimore stayed within one game of first-place Toronto, which beat Milwaukee 7-4, earlier Wednesday. The Orioles (45-39) moved six games over .500, equaling a season-high.
Jones hit his 16th home run of the season and had three RBIs. Flaherty, who started at third base in place of the suspended Manny Machado, hit his fourth homer of the season. Baltimore has homered in 12 consecutive games.
Toronto 7, Milwaukee 4
Detroit 9, Oakland 3
Kansas City 4, Minnesota 0
Seattle 5, Houston 2
San Diego 3, Cincinnati 0
Washington 4, Colorado 3
Chicago Cubs 16, Boston 9
Pittsburgh 5, Arizona 1
Atlanta 3, NY Mets 1
Miami 5, Philadelphia 0
Chicago White Sox 3, LA Angels 2
St. Louis 2, San Francisco 0