By WES CROSBY
PITTSBURGH — Josh Naylor foiled Pittsburgh’s technique with an RBI single within the seventh inning, serving to the Cleveland Indians beat the Pirates 2-1 Sunday.
Cleveland prevented a three-game sweep by the Pirates, who had misplaced 10 straight getting into the sequence. The Indians have gained seven of 10.
The lefty-swinging Naylor despatched the primary pitch he noticed from left-handed reliever Chasen Shreve to proper, driving in Eddie Rosario to interrupt a 1-all tie. Naylor, who had an earlier hit, was batting .189 in opposition to lefties and .277 vs. righties.
Naylor thought supervisor Terry Francona would go along with a pinch-hitter.
“I type of peeked within the dugout and tripped over my very own toes as a result of I’m anticipating to show round,” Naylor mentioned. “I’m fairly positive the entire stadium knew they had been going to herald the lefty. I used to be ready for it. I used to be ready for it. It wasn’t actually stunning.”
The hit got here after Pirates supervisor Derek Shelton pulled starter JT Brubaker (4-6) with two out within the seventh.
The suitable-handed Brubaker threw simply 76 pitches, gave up three hits and tied his career-high with 9 strikeouts.
“It was all concerning the matchup,” Shelton mentioned. “JT did a heck of a job. He threw the ball extraordinarily properly, was extraordinarily environment friendly. We went into that inning, if we had a man on base and we had the left-hander there, we had been going to go to Shreve.”
After forcing Harold Ramirez to floor out for the second out, Brubaker figured he may need an opportunity to face Naylor.
“I took a peek out within the bullpen, noticed we had Shreve and (Clay) Holmes warming up,” Brubaker mentioned. “As soon as I noticed Shelty come out, I knew it was a situational pull. Attempt to get that left-on-left matchup. Shreve obtained that groundball, and it simply had some eyes.”
James Karinchak struck out Colin Moran trying, stranding Kevin Newman at second within the ninth for his eighth save. Karinchak allowed a three-run homer by Bryan Reynolds within the seventh inning of a 6-3 loss on Saturday.
The Pirates had runners on first and third and one out within the seventh, however Trevor Stephan obtained Gregory Polanco to come out and Adam Frazier to fly out.
Brubaker retired the primary 13 batters till Ramirez hit a drive into the left-field bleachers to place the Indians up 1-0 with one out within the fifth. Ramirez homered twice Saturday.
“You possibly can inform our guys love (Ramirez),” Francona mentioned. “Brings power and provides you an trustworthy day’s effort. He’s actually been actually useful, so necessary to our group. We play him all over the place within the outfield. He hits all over the place. He simply appears to get his barrel to the ball.”
Jacob Stallings tied it 1-all with a two-out single off Phil Maton (2-0) within the sixth.
Maton struck out the facet that inning, however allowed three hits in aid of Sam Hentges, who gave up two hits with 4 strikeouts in 5 innings.
It was Hentges’ first begin since giving up 4 runs in 2 1/3 innings in opposition to the Toronto Blue Jays on Might 30. He had made three aid appearances since.
“We type of simply discovered a rhythm there within the second and third,” Hentges mentioned. “Rode that out till the tip of the fifth.”
Reynolds had the one hit for both group via 4 innings, doubling off Hentges within the first. Reynolds despatched a bloop into proper discipline, the place Cesar Hernandez dropped an over-the-shoulder try.
“Their starter, he has actually great things,” Stallings mentioned. “His stuff is de facto good, so he executed pitches. They threw actually good bullpen arms at us. I feel it’d simply have been a kind of days.”
Pittsburgh recalled LHP Austin Davis from Triple-A Indianapolis. He pitched the ninth, retiring three batters after permitting a leadoff stroll.
Indians: RHP Shane Bieber might be reassessed sooner or later this week, pitching coach Carl Willis mentioned. Bieber was positioned on the 10-day injured record with a proper shoulder muscle pressure on June 14.
Pirates: LHP Sam Howard went on the 10-day IL retroactive to June 19 with proper knee tendinitis.
Indians: RHP Aaron Civale (10-2, 3.48 ERA) will take the mound in opposition to the Cubs in Chicago on Monday. Civale allowed 5 runs, tying his season excessive, in 5 innings Wednesday.
Pirates: LHP Tyler Anderson (3-7, 4.89) is predicted to start out the primary of a two-game set in opposition to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. In his final begin, Anderson gave up a season-high six runs in six innings Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees turned their record-tying third triple play this season to strand the go-ahead run within the ninth inning, bailing out nearer Aroldis Chapman and shutting down a 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
BLUE JAYS 7
BALTIMORE (AP) — Reese McGuire had three doubles throughout a four-hit efficiency.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber homered 3 times and tied a significant league file with 5 in a two-game span, and Washington took three of 4.
CARDINALS 9 BRAVES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Drew Smyly (4-3) didn’t permit a success till the sixth inning, Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his a hundredth profession homer, his nineteenth this season, and Atlanta earned a cut up of a day-night doubleheader.
Smyly held the Cardinals hitless till Paul Goldschmidt reached on an infield single with two outs within the sixth. Nearer Will Smith pitched the seventh of the shortened doubleheader underneath pandemic guidelines, incomes his thirteenth save.
Acuna, enjoying in his 378th sport, homered within the third off Kwang Hyun Kim (1-5).
WHITE SOX 2
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Keuchel (6-2) misplaced in his first look in opposition to Houston, and Abraham Toro had a career-high 4 hits, enhancing to 7 for 11 since his recall from the minor leagues.
RED SOX 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jarrod Dyson capped a 10-pitch at-bat with a tiebreaking, two-run double in a three-run third inning off Nathan Eovaldi (7-4).
CUBS 2, MARLINS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Alec Mills (3-1) and three relievers mixed on a six-hitter as Chicago prevented a sweep after being outscored 21-3 within the earlier two days.
TWINS 4, RANGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Byron Buxton launched an early two-run homer into the second deck off Dane Dunning (2-6), a day after returning following 39 video games out with a strained proper hip.
DENVER (AP) — Daniel Vogelbach hit a tiebreaking single within the ninth off Daniel Bard (3-4).
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wilmer Flores had 4 hits, together with two of San Francisco’s 4 house runs.
Brandon Crawford hit his sixteenth homer and Mike Yastrzemski mixed with Flores for consecutive homers within the first off Zach Eflin (2-6). San Francisco has 107 house runs, tied with Toronto for the key league lead.
PADRES 3, REDS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers hit a two-run triple off Luis Castillo (2-10) within the third and scored on Joey Votto’s errant throw as San Diego accomplished its first four-game sweep of any group since Aug. 18-21, 2011, in opposition to the Reds.
MARINERS 6, RAYS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Shed Lengthy Jr. hit a grand slam in opposition to Diego Castillo (2-4) with two outs within the tenth inning and Seattle accomplished a four-game sweep that prolonged Tampa Bay’s dropping streak to 6.
PHOENIX (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and handed Mel Ott for 14th on the profession runs record, and Los Angeles prolonged Arizona’s dropping streak to 17 video games. Pujols’ 673rd house run put Los Angeles forward 4-0 in opposition to Alex Younger (2-5).
TIGERS 5, ANGELS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his twenty third homer, his sixth in six video games, however Daz Cameron’s two-run single within the tenth off Raisel Iglesias (4-3) helped Detroit avoide a four-game sweep.