The Cleveland Indians (40-43) defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers (48-38) 10-3 on Tuesday, and turned a 7-2-4 triple play in the fourth inning.
With Adrian Gonzalez at the plate and Dee Gordon at third base and Yasiel Puig at first base, Gonzalez hit a shallow fly ball that was caught by left fielder Michael Brantley. Brantley fired home to attempt to throw out Gordon at the plate, who was originally ruled out. Catcher Yan Gomes fired to second baseman Jason Kipnis to try and throw Puig out who was trying to advance on the throw home, Puig was ruled safe.
Indians’ manager Terry Francona challenged the call at second base with the belief that Puig was out. After the umpires ruled Puig out, the Indians trotted off the field. However, Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly challenged that Gomes did not tag Gordon at home plate in time. After a second review, Gordon was still ruled out. After two challenges and several minutes, the it was ruled that the Indians turned a 7-2-4 triple play.
Justin Masterson and Josh Beckett both struggled in with their starts. Pitching with the lead, Masterson was pulled in the fourth inning after allowing runners to reach the corners with nobody out. Beckett allowed five earned runs in his outing and contributed two, leadoff doubles offensively.
Indians’ third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall continued his All-Star campaign by hitting a two-run home run in the first inning off of Beckett. Chisenhall is now hitting .344 with nine home runs and 38 RBI’s.
Despite going 5-13 with runners in scoring position, the Dodgers could only drive in three runs. The offense also had poor baserunning during the triple play. In the fifth inning, the Dodgers had the bases loaded with nobody out and could not capitalize on an opportunity to potentially tie the game. They left a total of 10 men on base, and were held to just three hits by the Cleveland bullpen.
With the Giants winning 5-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, the Dodgers are now tied for the National League West division lead with the Giants. The Dodgers have not had a four-game winning streak this season, and blew an opportunity to win their fourth straight on Tuesday.
Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-4, 3.12 ERA) will oppose Indians’ pitcher and California native Trevor Bauer (2-4, 4.39 ERA) in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday.