Gomes, Holt rally Indians

ADAM CZECH Associated Press Published:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Tyler Holt arrived at Target Field 25 minutes before the first pitch. The Cleveland Indians' rookie had a quick bite to eat, took a few swings in the batting cage and then got the biggest hit of his young career.

Yan Gomes had three hits including a home run, Holt hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning, and Cleveland rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Holt thought he might enter the game in the seventh or eighth inning. Instead, Indians bench coach Brad Mills fetched Holt from the batting cage in the sixth and told him he was pinch-hitting for Chris Dickerson.

"I didn't have any time to think or get ready," said Holt, now on his fourth stint with Cleveland this season. "I just threw on some gloves. Luckily, I didn't have time to think. I'd probably strike out or something."

With two outs in the sixth, Holt 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.

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.

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.

Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson allowed five runs in 5 1-3 innings and bounced a two-out, two-strike wild pitch in the fifth that allowed Bourn to score and make it 5-4.

"I don't know if I just wasn't as aggressive or what, but I definitely didn't do a very good job of pitching with the lead tonight," Gibson said.

Adding to Holt's chaotic day, his cab driver from the airport didn't know how to get to Target Field.

"These guys battle until the 27th out," Holt said about the Indians, winners of six of their last eight. "It's not a surprise that they came back. Luckily I got the opportunity to come through."

BULLPEN STEPS UP

Indians manager Terry Francona was playing matchups with the steady stream of relievers who managed to hold Minnesota scoreless. The bullpen looked at it as a challenge to come up big after the offense rallied.

"We thrive off of that," Allen said. "The offense gave us a chance to get back in the game and then we had to come through."

TRAINER's ROOM

Indians: 1B Nick Swisher had his injured right knee examined by a specialist in California, and 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.

UP NEXT

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.

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.

ASTROS 7, YANKEES 4

NEW YORK -- 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.

Brian McCann hit a two-run homer, and Martin Prado had three hits for the Yankees.

David Robertson (1-4) walked consecutive batters and threw seven straight balls before Carter launched a 3-0 pitch into the raised concrete bleachers in left field for his 30th home run.

Josh Fields (3-6) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win on his 29th birthday. Chad Qualls worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save.

CUBS 2, GIANTS 0, 5 INNINGS

CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo slammed a two-run homer, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched five strong innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat San Francisco in a game that was halted after 4 1/2 innings because of unplayable field conditions following rain at Wrigley Field.

After a brief but heavy downpour, the game was delayed 4 hours, 34 minutes before it was called off at 1:16 a.m. Fewer than 1,000 fans remained.

When the rain and the wind intensified in the middle of the fifth inning, home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt stopped play. The grounds crew couldn't get the manual tarp fully in place, leaving large portions of the infield exposed to rain for more than 10 minutes.

The Giants lost for the seventh time in 10 games and fell 4 1/2 games behind Los Angeles in the NL West race.

Rookie Javier Baez walked with one out against Ryan Vogelsong (7-9) in the first inning before Rizzo homered over the right-field bleachers for his 29th shot of the season.

Wada (3-1) scattered six hits and walked none.

NATIONALS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 1

WASHINGTON -- Washington scored six runs in the third inning and ran its winning streak to eight games with a rout of Arizona.

Stephen Strasburg (10-10) allowed one run and three hits over a season-high eight innings, and Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-clearing double blew the game open to give the Nationals a breather in their longest winning streak since August 2012.

Strasburg struck out four to give him an NL-leading 198 for the season, besting his previous single-season high of 197 in 2012.

The Nationals sent seven batters to the plate in the third before the Diamondbacks recorded an out. Rookie Chase Anderson (7-5) faced six of them, allowing five singles and a walk before he was pulled in the shortest outing of his young career.

David Peralta's first-inning home run accounted for all the scoring for the Diamondbacks, who have lost four straight.

BRAVES 11, PIRATES 3

PITTSBURGH -- Justin Upton smashed his 24th home run to spoil Andrew McCutchen's return as Atlanta beat Pittsburgh.

Upton's three-run homer off Francisco Liriano (3-10) in the third inning broke things open. He added a two-run single off reliever Brandon Cumpton in the fifth as the Braves extended Pittsburgh's losing streak to a season-high seven games.

Jason Heyward went 2-for-5 with three RBIs for the Braves, and Evan Gattis hit his 19th homer. Atlanta has won five straight.

Aaron Harang (10-7) struck out four without a walk in 8 1/3 innings.

McCutchen went 0-for-4 in his first game back after missing two weeks with fractured cartilage in his ribs.

ANGELS 4, RED SOX 3

BOSTON -- Chris Iannetta hit his second double of the game, a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning off closer Koji Uehara that sent the Los Angeles Angels over Boston.

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.

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.

MARINERS 5, PHILLIES 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a season-high 11 batters in eight scoreless innings, and Kyle Seager homered to lead Seattle over Philadelphia.

Mike Zunino was 0-for-17 before getting two hits and driving in two runs. The Mariners have won 11 of 14.

Iwakuma (12-6) was masterful while allowing four hits and no walks. Since July 1, the right-hander is 7-2 with a 1.63 ERA, 65 strikeouts and four walks in 72 innings over 10 starts.

Fernando Rodney, came on with two outs and the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning and struck out Cody Asche to record his 36th save in 39 opportunities.

The Phillies, who have scored three runs or less 65 times this season, got just one batter to second base against Iwakuma. They have lost six of eight.

A.J. Burnett (6-14) lost his fifth straight decision and dropped to 0-6 with a 6.41 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break.

MARLINS 4, RANGERS 3, 10 INNINGS

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, and Miami beat Texas for its third straight win.

Miami (63-62) surpassed last year's win 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.

Marcell Ozuna hit his 17th home run and Christian Yelich had three hits for the Marlins.

ORIOLES 5, WHITE SOX 1

CHICAGO -- Chris Tillman threw eight strong innings, and AL East-leading Baltimore won its third in a row, beating the Chicago White Sox.

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) lost his third straight start, allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings. Chicago matched a season worst by falling eight games below .500.

BREWERS 6, BLUE JAYS 1

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Fiers pitched seven dominant innings, and Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez each had a pair of doubles as Milwaukee topped Toronto.

In his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 9, Fiers (3-1) held the Blue Jays to two hits and one run and retired the final 18 batters he faced. Fiers, who posted a career-high 14 strikeouts while pitching six innings in a win over the Chicago Cubs in his previous start on Thursday, struck out six and walked one.

He has given up two runs over his three starts.

Milwaukee won its fifth consecutive game. The Blue Jays have lost six of seven.

The Brewers jumped on Toronto starter J.A. Happ (8-8) immediately, belting three doubles to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

ROYALS 7, ROCKIES 4

DENVER -- Omar Infante had three doubles and drove in four runs to help streaking Kansas City knock off Colorado.

James Shields pitched six solid innings to get the win for the Royals, who have won 21 of 26.

Rookie Tyler Matzek (2-9) came into Tuesday with a 9.60 ERA in August, ran into trouble in the seventh. Matzek got the first two outs before allowing a pinch-hit single to Josh Willingham and walking Nori Aoki.

Adam Ottavino came on and gave up consecutive doubles to Infante and Salvador Perez to give the Royals a 4-2 lead.

The Royals scored three more runs in the eighth off Colorado's bullpen. Infante had a two-run double with the bases loaded.

Shields (12-6) allowed two runs on nine hits and struck out six. Greg Holland threw one pitch to record his 39th save in 40 chances.

ATHLETICS 6, METS 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the fourth inning to help Scott Kazmir earn his career-best 14th win, and Oakland beat the New York Mets to snap a five-game losing streak.

Coming off a miserable road trip when he went 2-for-23, Crisp grounded out and singled before lining a pitch from Dillon Gee down the right field line with the bases loaded.

The A's, who avoided losing six consecutive games for the first time since 2012, remained a half-game behind the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West.

Kazmir (14-5) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He retired nine of his final 10 batters after giving up a solo home run to Travis d'Arnaud leading off the fourth.

New York had seven hits but lost its third straight. The Mets had been held to four hits or fewer in its previous five games. According to stats provided to the team by Elias Sports Bureau, no club had ever done that in six straight.

Gee (4-6) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He fell to 0-5 in his past seven starts and is winless since July 9.

DODGERS 8, PADRES 6

LOS ANGELES -- Justin Turner drove in two runs and scored another pair, helping rally the Los Angeles Dodgers past San Diego and snap a three-game skid.

The Dodgers have won six of seven against the Padres, and improved to 8-3 against their NL West rival this season. They avoided their first four-game losing streak.

Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh, extending the Dodgers' lead to 8-4.

Former Padres pitcher Kevin Correia (2-0) allowed four runs and eight hits over five innings in his Dodger Stadium debut.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 35th save.

Padres starter Ian Kennedy (9-11) allowed six runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in five innings.

CARDINALS 5, REDS 4

ST. LOUIS -- Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, lifting St. Louis over Cincinnati.

Matt Holliday drew a leadoff walk to start the winning rally. He advanced to third on Matt Adams' single. After Peter Bourjos ran for Holliday, Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases. Hoover (1-10) then plunked Jay to force in Bourjos with the winning run.

Pat Neshek (6-0) pitched one inning of scoreless relief as the Cardinals won for the fifth time in six games and remained 2 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.

The Reds have lost four in a row.

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