LOS ANGELES — The Cleveland Indians turned an unorthodox triple play that required two replay reviews, and David Murphy broke out of a 1-for-44 slump with three hits in a 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Lonnie Chisenhall started things off for Cleveland with a two-run homer against Josh Beckett (5-5). Murphy, Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes also drove in two runs apiece for the Indians, who won a nine-inning game with double-digit runs for the fifth time this season after getting held to one hit in back-to-back shutout losses to the Mariners and Dodgers.
This was the Dodgers’ seventh attempt at their first four-game winning streak of the season. They haven’t won more than three in a row since a six-game stretch from Aug. 25 to Sept. 3 last season.
As a result, they got knocked back into second place in the NL West one night after overtaking San Francisco.
Rookie left-hander Kyle Crockett (2-0) got the win with an inning of one-hit relief, after Justin Masterson failed to get through the fourth with a 5-2 lead. All three of Crockett’s outs came on the triple play.
Masterson was charged with three runs, seven hits and three walks in three-plus innings. He struck out seven. The right-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam in each of the first two innings, after his 18th start of the season was delayed two days because of a sore knee.
Beckett gave up a season-worst five runs and six hits in five innings, striking out five. The right-hander, who pitched a no-hitter at Philadelphia on May 25, is 2-4 in seven starts since then despite a 2.51 ERA during that stretch.
The Dodgers opened the fourth with Beckett’s second double of the game, followed by a bunt hit by Dee Gordon and an RBI single by Yasiel Puig that chased Masterson.
Crockett, the second of seven pitchers used by manager Terry Francona, came on and Adrian Gonzalez lifted a fly to left fielder Michael Brantley, who threw out Gordon at the plate.
Gomes then noticed Puig breaking for second and fired to Jason Kipnis for the tag on Puig as he went in headfirst.
Francona challenged the original safe call by second base umpire Paul Nauert and got the ruling overturned, giving the Indians three outs on one play after a replay delay that lasted 1 minute, 29 seconds. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then came out to challenge the call at the plate by Adrian Johnson, and that call stood after another wait of 1 minute, 34 seconds.
Masterson threw 37 pitches in the first inning and came out of it with a 3-2 lead after giving up a double to Puig and an opposite-field homer to left-center by Gonzalez — his 14th this season and second in 37 games.
Masterson needed another 25 pitches to get through a bases-loaded jam in the second unscathed.
The Dodgers had the bags full again in the fifth with none out before Vinnie Pestano struck out Drew Butera and pinch-hitter Hanley Ramirez. Clint Robinson, whose first major league hit and RBI provided the only run in Dan Haren’s 1-0 win Monday, batted for Beckett and struck out against Marc Rzepczynski.
The Indians broke out the bats against Beckett and got hits from three of their first four batters to grab a 3-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera singled with one out, advanced on the right-hander’s errant pickoff throw and scored on a double by Brantley before Chisenhall hit his ninth homer.
The Indians increased their lead to 5-2 in the third on a two-run double by Swisher. RBI doubles by Gomes and Murphy against Jamey Wright made it 7-3, and Cleveland tacked on three more in the eighth against Paul Maholm.
- The Indians had never been held to one hit in consecutive games in their 113-year history until Monday. They are the first team to do so since Boston in 1916.
- Butera has caught 10 of Beckett’s last 11 starts, including the no-hitter.
- The Dodgers are batting .145 in bases-loaded situations (8-for-55).
- Dodgers starting pitchers have issued fewer than three walks in 35 consecutive games, the longest such streak in the majors since a 36-game stretch by the 2005 Minnesota Twins — and the longest for an NL club since 1914.
WHO: Cleveland vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
TIME: 3:10 p.m.
WHERE: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
PITCHERS: Bauer (2-4, 4.39 ERA) vs. Ryu (9-4, 3.12)
TV/RADIO: SportsTime Ohio; WEOL 930-AM, WTAM 1100-AM