Axford meltdown in 9th sends Indians to 4-3 loss

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Three outs from their first three-game winning streak this season, the Cleveland Indians stumbled into a crushing loss.

John Axford gave up a three-run homer to Dayan Viciedo in the ninth inning Sunday, silencing the small crowd of 13,455 at Progressive Field that watched a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings, including an Indians-record seven straight. Backup catcher George Kottaras, who had been in the minor leagues until Saturday, became the first Cleveland player to homer in his first two plate appearances with the team.

One swing by Viciedo changed everything. Axford, who walked two before giving up the home run on a 96 mph four-seamer, took full responsibility.

"I fell behind in the count to too many guys, and it didn't work out," he said. "I put two guys on base without me even challenging. I just couldn't find it. The home run was on a fastball. Not a very good pitch, obviously."

Axford (0-2) walked Gordon Beckham leading off the ninth, but struck out Jose Abreu. Adam Dunn walked, and Viciedo homered on a 2-2 pitch.

MARINERS 8, ASTROS 7

HOUSTON -- Robinson Cano and Willie Bloomquist each drove in two runs, and Seattle pulled away in a four-run third and dropped Houston to a big league-worst 10-21.

Patrick Henry graduate Marc Krauss hit a two-run pinch-hit single for Houston in the eighth inning to cut the Seattle lead to 8-6.

RAYS 5, YANKEES 1

NEW YORK -- Wil Myers had a three-run, inside-the-park homer on a drive off the top of the center-field fence and drove in four runs.

ATHLETICS 3, RED SOX 2

BOSTON -- Yoenis Cespedes drove in the go-ahead run on an infield single with the bases loaded in the 10th off Chris Capuano (1-1) as Oakland averted a three-game sweep and completed a 5-5 trip. The hit drove in Jed Lowrie, who had doubled with two outs.

RANGERS 14, ANGELS 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Prince Fielder had a pair of RBI doubles that ended a drought of 39 at-bats without an extra-base hit.

TWINS 5, ORIOLES 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Phil Hughes (3-1) gave up two runs and six hits in 61/3 innings to win his third straight start. After a single by Nick Markakis starting the game, Hughes retired his next 14 batters.

GIANTS 4, BRAVES 1

ATLANTA -- Brandon Crawford homered twice, and the San Francisco Giants beat Atlanta 4-1 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep that extended the Braves' losing streak to six -- their longest since dropping eight straight in May 2012.

MARLINS 5, DODGERS 4

MIAMI -- Jeff Baker hit a winning double off the wall against Jamey Wright (2-2) with two outs in the ninth.

METS 5, ROCKIES 1

DENVER -- Dillon Gee (3-1) allowed six hits in six innings, extending his scoreless streak to a career-best 16 innings as New York avoided a four-game sweep. He is 13-6 with a 2.66 ERA since last May 30.

PHILLIES 1, NATIONALS 0

PHILADELPHIA -- Roberto Hernandez (2-1) allowed four hits in 71/3 innings.

Jimmy Rollins hit a one-out triple in the first and scored on Chase Utley's single off Gio Gonzalez (3-2), who gave up four hits and struck out seven in 7 1-3 innings.

Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo each got an out in the eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his ninth save.

BLUE JAYS 7, PIRATES 2

PITTSBURGH -- Colby Rasmus hit a grand slam and Melky Cabrera added a two-run homer. Toronto jumped ahead 6-1 after wasting a 5-3, ninth-inning edge in the series opener and a 5-0, fourth-inning advantage Saturday night.

PADRES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3

SAN DIEGO -- Cameron Maybin reached base after an overturned umpire's call, then scored on Yonder Alonso's slow grounder in the ninth off Oliver Perez (0-1) as San Diego stopped a four-game losing streak. Maybin started the winning rally with a chopper to second and was initially called out before the call was overturned on a video review.

CARDINALS 5, CUBS 4

CHICAGO -- Yadier Molina drove in two runs with a two-out single in the ninth inning and the Cardinals snapped out of an offensive funk with a victory over the Cubs.

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