Aviles’ Walk-Off Clips Birds In 11 Innings; Indians 2, Orioles 1
Ryan Hohman | On 15, Aug 2014
Everybody wants to be like Mike. Mike Aviles, that is.
The Cleveland Indians (61-60) utility man and founder of the “Goon Squad” smacked an 11th-inning, walk-off home run on Friday night to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles (69-51).
Aviles’ blast was the icing on another dominate pitching performance from Corey Kluber. The Tribe ace struck out 10 Orioles while scattering five hits and allowing just one run in seven and two-thirds innings.
Just when it looked like Kluber was on his way to tossing a shut out, the Orioles produced three consecutive two-out singles to tie the game at 1-1 in the eighth.
Kluber retired the first two batters in the inning before Nelson Cruz singled to center. Cruz was the last batter Kluber faced as he was pulled after 116 pitches – the most he’s thrown this season. Brian Shaw came on in relief and gave up back-to-back singles to Delmon Young and J.J. Hardy, allowing Cruz to even the score.
Acquired from the Washington Nationals for Asdrubal Cabrera, the 24-year-old led off the fifth inning reaching for his oblique after swinging at a change-up from Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen. Manager Terry Francona came out of the dugout to check on Walters, who convinced Francona to leave him in the game. Two pitches later, Walters lifted a fastball over the left-center wall to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Chen was equally impressive on the mound, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings in a pitcher’s duel with Kluber.
Scott Atchison pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th to pick up the win and improve to 6-0.
Aviles’ game-winner came off Brian Matusz (2-3), who was charged with the loss.
Kluber is 3-1 with a 0.46 ERA in his last five starts and has now struck out 10 or more batters in eight games this season.
Game two of the Tribe’s three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles is slated for Saturday at 7:05pm ET from Progressive Field. After an impressive start in a win over the New York Yankees on August 10, Carlos Carrasco (4-4, 3.50) returns to the hill to battle former teammate Ubaldo Jimenez (4-8, 4.51), who will be making his second start since returning from the disabled list.
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