June 14, 2017
Kike Hernandez hit a solo homer during a four-run 8th inning, as the Dodgers got by the Indians 6-4 on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.
Hernandez was pinch-hitting for Chase Utley, and drove a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall off of Andrew Miller (3-2), who took the loss. That gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.
The Dodgers would add three more runs in the inning on an RBI groundout from Yasmani Grandal, followed by a 2-run single from Chris Taylor.
The Indians would come up with a pair of runs in the 8th inning against Luis Avilan. Michael Brantley had an RBI double, and Edwin Encarnacion singled home Brantley to pull the Tribe to within 6-4.
However, Kenley Jansen came in for the 9th inning to slam the door and record his 13th save. Josh Fields (3-0) got credit for the win, despite allowing Jose Ramirez’s game-tying homer in the 7th.
Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy was charged with one run in 5 1/3 innings.
Corey Kluber started for the Indians, giving up four hits and struck out 10 in seven innings but allowed two runs in the second.
In that second inning, the Dodgers got a walk, a double, two infield hits, then a double steal that allowed Taylor to steal home.
Yasiel Puig was in the lineup after appealing his one-game suspension by Major League Baseball for making an obscene gesture to Indians fans on Tuesday night.
Rich Hill (3-2, 3.77 ERA) will try and help the Dodgers complete the sweep on Thursday. Josh Tomlin (3-8, 5.73 ERA) will go for the Tribe.