Monday, July 22, 2019 1:00 am
Lindor, Ramírez homer for Indians
CLEVELAND – Francisco Lindor homered after originally being scheduled to get the day off, José Ramírez hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Sunday.
Lindor talked his way into the lineup at designated hitter after manager Terry Francona planned on resting the All-Star shortstop. His two-run homer in the third tied the game at 2-all.
Ramírez's leadoff homer put Cleveland ahead in the sixth, and the Indians went on to their seventh win in eight games. Cleveland has also won 13 of 16.
Rookie Zach Plesac (4-3) gave up two runs in six innings.
Brad Hand gave up Bubba Starling's first major league home run in the ninth but struck out the next three hitters for his 27th save in 28 opportunities.
RAYS 4, WHITE SOX 2: In St. Petersburg, Florida, Blake Snell struck out 10 in six scoreless innings, and Travis d'Arnaud hit his first grand slam as Tampa Bay stopped a five-game losing streak.
Snell (6-7) gave up three hits and two walks while throwing a season-high 109 pitches.
In the second inning, Yandy Diaz walked, Avisail Garcia singled and Joey Wendle also walked before d'Arnaud sent a 1-1 pitch from Dylan Cease (1-2) into the left field seats for a 4-0 lead.
TIGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 3, 10 inn.: In Detroit, Nicholas Castellanos led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run to help Detroit snap a six-game losing streak. homer of the season.
CARDINALS 3, CINCINNATI 1: In Cincinnati, Yairo Munoz celebrated a rare start with a home run and a triple to to lead St. Louis.
Munoz, making his 16th start among 55 games, also singled to finish with three of the six hits for the Cardinals, who improved to 7-3 since the All-Star break.
PHILLIES 2, PIRATES 1, 11 inn.: In Pittsburgh, A fan casually walked to home plate and approached Philadelphia hitter Brad Miller for a handshake before being apprehended during a game the Phillies won on Rhys Hoskins' home run in the 11th inning.
Moments after Bryce Harper argued a called third strike and Hoskins spiked his bat after being hit by a pitch, things turned bizarre in the sixth inning at PNC Park.
That's when a man carrying a cellphone came out of the crowd and strolled toward Miller in the batter's box. Miller backed away and the man kept walking, leisurely getting near the Phillies' dugout on the first base side, where he was handcuffed by security personnel and led away.
Miller then grounded into an inning-ending double play.