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Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez made a young fan’s night by coming through on his
promise to hit a home run.A few hours later, a couple kids on the Kansas City
Royals hit their own memorable shots.Ryan O’Hearn and Hunter Dozier became the
first rookies ever to hit back-to-back home runs to tie and win a game in the
ninth inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on
Friday night.O’Hearn and Dozier went deep off closer Cody Allen leading off the
ninth, capping a wild finish that followed an odd game featuring a 30-minute
delay when a broken water pipe near Kauffman Stadium’s outfield fountains led to
flooding on the warning track.“This is an incredible game, fun to be a part of,”
Royals rookie right-hander Brad Keller said. “That ninth inning was so wild.
I’ve never seen back-to-back homers to walk off a game. It was crazy. It’s fun.
Baseball every day is different. That’s what makes it fun.”It started before the
game, when six-time All-Star catcher Perez guaranteed a fan in a wheelchair,
Colin Couch, that he would hit a home run after meeting him before the
game.After Whit Merrifield opened the game with a walk and Alex Gordon followed
with a single, Perez made good on the promise by smashing a 454-foot,
opposite-field home run — the longest by any Royal this season — into Kauffman
Stadium’s iconic right field fountains.“We were talking and I said, ‘I’ll hit a
homer for you today, OK?'” Perez said. “He was so happy and all that. After I
hit a homer I was looking, he was close to my family in the family (seating), so
he was excited.”Yonder Alonso socked a two-out http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-yuli-gurriel-jersey ,
two-run home run off Brandon Maurer to put Cleveland ahead 4-3 in the eighth.
Alonso also went deep in the fourth, marking his fifth career multihomer game
and second this season.O’Hearn and Dozier then rescued Kansas City from a sixth
straight loss with their homers off Allen. O’Hearn, a rookie first baseman, tied
it with a blast into the left field bullpen, and Dozier followed with a
wall-scraper to right-center field.“I was just honestly trying to get a fastball
to hit,” said Dozier, who has seven home runs. “I wanted to hit it out.”It was
the fourth blown save of the season for Allen (4-5), whose ERA climbed to 4.50
in the loss. Wily Peralta (1-0) picked up the victory for the Royals, who were
fresh off a four-game sweep at the Tampa Bay Rays.LEAKY SITUATIONThe fountains
sprang a leak during the fourth inning. Relievers in the Royals bullpen jumped
and yelled to alert game officials and maintenance workers, triggering the
stoppage.“I thought I was back in the minor leagues,” Indians manager Terry
Francona said. “Nobody knew what was going on.”As maintenance personnel worked
to stop the flow of water, more than a dozen grounds crew members armed with
squeegees wicked water from the warning track as it poured from under the fence.
They also created a sandbag barrier to keep standing water from reaching the
outfield grass.Rookie right-hander Brad Keller shrugged off the unusual delay,
which came after Yan Gomes‘ two-out double, and struck out Greg Allen to get of
the inning with the lead intact.SEE YAHome plate umpire Ramon DeJesus ejected
Royals bench coach Dale Sveum during Brantley’s at-bat leading off the eighth
inning. It was Sveum’s 16th career ejection — 10 as a manager, five as an
assistant coach and once as a player.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: RHP Ian Kennedy (left
oblique strain) threw a simulated game. Kennedy hasn’t pitched since July 10 at
Minnesota. … RF Jorge Soler (left toe fracture) took some swings against Kennedy
during the simulated game. … RHP Jesse Hahn underwent surgery to repair the
ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow a few weeks ago. It was not a
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commonly known as Tommy John surgery, but Hahn is expected to be sidelined at
least six months. He suffered the UCL strain in March and had worked his way
back to Triple-A through the rehab process, which started last month, before the
surgery.Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) returned Aug. 3
from the 60-day disabled list, but he’s only appeared in nine games during the
last three weeks. Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday that the priority
is using Miller in situations when a win is on the line. When he’s not
available, it taxes the bullpen — which is down to seven pitchers, including two
situational arms. Relief will come when the rosters expand Sept. 1. … RHP Nick
Goody has been sidelined with right elbow inflammation since May 3. He will have
season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his elbow “sometime next week,” but the
ulnar collateral ligament is intact, Francona said. … RHP Cody Anderson pitched
off the mound in Arizona for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in
March 2017.UP NEXTTwo-time Cy Young Award winner RHP Corey Kluber (16-6) gets
the nod for the Indians in the second game of a three-game series. He is 2-0
with a 2.08 ERA in two previous starts this season against the Royals, who send
rookie RHP Heath Filmyer (1-1) for the 6:15 p.m. first pitch. PITTSBURGH (AP) —
In a story Aug. 18 about the game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh
Pirates, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Cubs matched San
Francisco in 1969 and the Philadelphia Athletics in 1942 by turning seven double
plays in a nine-inning game. The Cubs matched Houston’s defense in 1969 and the
New York Yankees in 1942.A corrected version of the story is below:Turn! Turn!
Turn! Cubs match double-play record vs BucsThe Chicago Cubs tied a major league
record by turning seven double plays, including a game-ending effort by rookie
third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win
over the Pittsburgh PiratesBy JOHN PERROTTOAssociated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) —
Cubs starter Cole Hamels didn’t have his best stuff Friday night. Luckily, he
had a few buddies on hand to help him out.“The double play is a pitcher’s best
friend,” he said with a smile.A friend in need, indeed.Chicago tied a major
league record by turning seven double plays Michael
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baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over
the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Cubs got six double plays on grounders — five with
Hamels pitching — and one on a line drive. The Elias Sports Bureau said the Cubs
became the third team in big league history to turn seven DPs in a nine-inning
game. It was previously done by Houston’s defense in 1969 (against San
Francisco) and the New York Yankees in 1942 (against the Philadelphia
Athletics).“Crazy,” Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist said. “A lot of it is the
pitcher doing a great job of getting groundballs and little of it is luck with
(the hitters) rolling over on some pitches. It’s also good quality defense and
good focus throughout the game.”Pittsburgh had runners on first and second in
the ninth before Jesse Chavez got Freese to ground to Bote. Having hit a
game-ending grand slam last Sunday night to beat Washington 4-3, Bote again was
in the right place to cap off a win. He stepped on third and threw to first to
end it.“We were in a good spot all the time,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said.
“We made some really good plays and absolutely turned the ones we were supposed
to turn. We never gave them extra outs, so that was the pertinent part.”Hamels
(8-9) pitched seven solid innings. Kyle Schwarber hit a home run in the second
off Trevor Williams (10-9). Chavez got his second save as the Pirates lost their
fifth in a row.“(The infielders) were great with how they stayed with it and
pulled them off, especially to end innings in a tight game when you can’t afford
one mistake,” Hamels said. “It was outstanding to see. There are always going to
be days where you not sharp, but it’s nine guys trying to win a game.”Freese
also hit into the first double play in the first inning. Third baseman Javier
Baez fielded his grounder, stepped on the bag and threw to first baseman Anthony
Rizzo to end the inning.In the second, Josh Bell hit into an around-the-horn DP,
Baez to Zobrist to Rizzo.Corey Dickerson ended the third inning by grounding to
Zobrist, who threw to shortstop Addison Russell at second. Russell’s relay to
first was in time to get Dickerson.Gregory Polanco hit into a 4-6-3 double play
in the sixth. An inning later, Bell grounded into a 6-4-3, the last of five DPs
turned behind Hamels.Chicago had a disputed double play to end the eighth. With
one out and Jorge De La Rosa pitching, pinch-hitter Adam Frazier lined to
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who threw to first to double up pinch-runner Kevin Newman. The Pirates
challenged the call, but the play stood following a video review.The Pirates put
runners on first and second with one out in the ninth, but Chavez induced Freeze
to hit into the final double play.“Got them a lot of different ways,” Pittsburgh
manager Clint Hurdle said of the double plays. “There were some balls that were
struck really hard. Down in the zone, we would clip the top of them. Handful of
other balls hit hard and lined out. So, we couldn’t find dirt, grass. They made
plays and got good defense. They’ve had a good defense all year in the infield.
Just goes to show you the benefit of a well-executed pitch in a certain
situation.”Hamels allowed five hits, struck out three and walked two as he
improved to 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA in four starts since being acquired from the
Texas Rangers in a trade.Schwarber hit a drive down the right-field line in the
second inning for his 21st home run, sending the NL Central-leading Cubs to
their third straight win and increasing their lead to four games over
Milwaukee.The Cubs beat the Pirates by a 1-0 score for the second straight game.
On Thursday night, Ian Happ’s homer accounted for the only run.Williams gave up
four hits in seven innings. He has surrendered just three runs in 36 innings
over his last six starts.The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 47 minutes by
rain.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (left shoulder inflammation) was
placed on the 10-day DL and RHP Tyler Chatwood will move from the bullpen to
start in his place Saturday night. LHP Randy Rosario was recalled from Triple-A
Iowa to take Montgomery’s roster spot. … RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps
tendinitis/right shoulder impingement) will make a rehab start Sunday for Class
A South Bend. He last pitched for Chicago on May 20. … 3B Kris Bryant (left
shoulder inflammation) has started soft tosses but there is no timetable for his
return.Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (right forearm strain) played catch for the first
time since being injured June 26 in a start against the Mets at New York.UP
NEXTCubs: Chatwood (4-5, 5.06 ERA) made 19 starts before being shifted to relief
in early August. He has issued a major league-high 90 walks in 99 2/3
innings.Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (4-7, 3.49) is 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in four
starts since the All-Star break.
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