Kershaw wins, Bellinger hits 2 homers as Dodgers top Indians

Hazel Gray
June 14, 2017

Andrew Miller escaped a crucial bases-loaded jam but later allowed the first home run off him since Game 7 of last year's World Series, as the Indians fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-5, Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

Though he allowed only two runs in seven innings, Kershaw did not seem to be at his best against the Indians.

Bauer scattered six hits and three walks over 5.2 innings of work and held the Dodgers to two earned runs. In 28 appearances, he is 3-1 with a 0.55 ERA.

"I tried to throw a fastball down and away (and) threw it right down the middle".

Indians manager Terry Francona did not meet with reporters after the game because he wasn't feeling well, a team spokesman said.

"I'm sure that he would say that he'd like to have a couple of those pitches (back)", said bench coach Brad Mills. Francona left the dugout in the ninth inning but was still at the ballpark, the spokesman said.

They also haven't been more than four games over.500 at any time since this season.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig watches his two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer during the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Cleveland. After crossing home plate, he raised both middle fingers in the direction of fans seated in the dugout suites located on field level. Puig later said the stint taught him humility.

Bud Shaw and I talked about what would need to happen for the Indians to pull off a similar run. "I stooped to their level". There's nothing I can do about it. "They were pretty close there". Neither pitcher had given up a homer previously this year. A solo shot leading off the eighth and a three-run job in the ninth gave the Dodgers a 7-5 victory.

Later, in the top of the sixth, with the score 2-2 and the bases full of Dodgers, Andrew Miller walked to the mound from the bullpen to relieve Bauer and figuratively flipped Puig the middle finger by striking out the Los Angeles right-handed slugger as Puig swung futilely at Miller's nearly unhittable slider. Overall, he has hit 17 home runs in 165 at-bats.

The Cardinals won the opener behind Jose Martinez's two home runs.

The two-time MVP bent but did not break in the early stages, allowing at least one hit in each of his first three innings with only one run surrendered.

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However, skipper Virat Kohli (76*), who came in next to bat, shared a 128-run partnership with opener Shikhar Dhawan (78). The positivity to our play and the energy that we've come to expect from this group of players just hasn't been there.

Zimmerman went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs to help Washington snap a four-game slide after sitting out the last three.

Perez entered the evening with a.139 batting average, but he still hung around to run the count full.

NOTES: The Indians will bring up RHP Mike Clevinger and LHP Ryan Merritt from Triple-A Columbus to start the two games of their doubleheader Saturday in Minnesota. Kershaw answered by procuring three outs in six pitches.

"[Bellinger] was pretty good tonight", Mills said.

The Indians went from 35-30 to 49-30 with that run.

In Toronto, rookie Jacob Faria dazzled again and Logan Morrison hit his 18th home run of the season. But Kershaw missed the strike zone with three consecutive pitches after starting Perez 0-and-2. Miller had faced 121 batters this year and kept each man in the park.

Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-1 for the Marlins as a pinch hitter.

In San Francisco, Alcides Escobar hit a two-run double as part of a six-run sixth inning.

Perez's home run was his first since he homered twice in Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

In Detroit, David Peralta homered to left center in the ninth inning off Tigers closer Justin Wilson, lifting Arizona to a win.

Robertson led off the inning with a double to left field, and after moving over to third base on a groundout from Kipnis, he came in to score on an RBI single to right field from outfielder Michael Brantley.

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