CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians specialized in walk-off wins last season. . It took 34 games, but they finally got their first walk-off this season on Wednesday night when Mike Aviles two-out single in the ninth inning lifted the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Clevelands players mobbed Aviles after he crossed first base. "Its definitely fun, especially with a noon game (Wednesday)," Aviles said. "Its always good not to play extra innings and get that big win at the end." "That was nice," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We needed that." The Indians had 11 walk-off victories last season as they won 92 games and made the playoffs as a wild-card team. "Were playing at home and when you hit last you always feel like you have a chance," Francona said. The short-handed Twins were playing their third straight game without first baseman Joe Mauer and had only 11 available position players. Eduardo Escobar, normally a shortstop, played the entire game in left field, which cost Minnesota in the ninth. Asdrubal Cabrera led off the inning with a double against Casey Fien (3-1). Escobar misjudged the ball and turned the wrong way as it landed on the warning track. "He just didnt get to it, Im sure he shied away from the wall," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Hes not been out there a lot and it was going toward the wall over his head and he got to the warning track and felt that he was a little too close probably." After Lonnie Chisenhalls sacrifice bunt, Yan Gomes grounded out. Aviles hit a hard ground ball on a 1-1 pitch into centre field. John Axford (1-3), who had allowed game-winning home runs in his previous two outings, survived a shaky ninth. He retired the first two hitters, but Danny Santana doubled down the right-field line. After Brian Dozier walked on a 3-2 pitch, third baseman Carlos Santana, who had to contend with a fan who wanted the ball, leaned into the stands to catch Sam Fulds foul popup. "I was yelling from the mound, but I dont think he heard me," Axford said of the fan. "I was yelling, dont touch it. " Axford had a bad week going into the game. Chicagos Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Sunday while Escobar hit a solo homer in the 10th inning Monday, giving Minnesota a 1-0 win. Axford was unavailable Tuesday after pitching the three previous games. "I felt good," he said. "Physically, I feel great. It worked out perfect. I got a day off and was able to rest up." Danny Salazar, who hit 100 mph on the Progressive Field radar gun several times, took a 3-1 lead into the seventh, but Minnesota tied the game on pinch-hitter Santanas RBI single and Doziers sacrifice fly. Salazar retired the first hitter, but Josmil Pinto singled and took third when Escobar doubled to left-centre. Bryan Shaw relieved to face Santana, who batted for Pedro Florimon. Shaw had to hit the deck to avoid Santanas liner up the middle that scored Pinto and put runners at first and third. Doziers fly ball scored Escobar. Salazar allowed three runs and struck out seven in 6 1-3 innings. Ricky Nolasco gave up three runs with nine strikeouts in six innings. Michael Brantley had a two-run double in the third and Gomes hit a leadoff homer in the fifth. Dozier had an RBI double in the third. Mauer, who has lower back spasms, played catch and took swings off a batting tee before the game. Gomes home run atoned for his ninth error of the season that helped Minnesota score in the third. Florimon drew a two-out walk, stole second and took third when Gomes throw skipped into centre field. Dozier followed with his double. NOTES: Indians OF Michael Bourn (tight left hamstring) missed his fourth straight game, but said he could return for the final game of the series Thursday. ... The Twins selected the contract of RHP Matt Guerrier from Triple-A Rochester and optioned LHP Logan Darnell to the same club. ... OF Aaron Hicks (concussion) is taking live batting practice in Minneapolis and could come off the 7-day disabled list this weekend. ... Twins RHP Kevin Correia (1-3) faces RHP Justin Masterson (1-1) on Thursday. . -- Tiago Splitter tipped in a rebound with 2. . "First, I would like to offer my deepest and sincerest apologies for any harm I have inflicted on University of Missouri defensive lineman, Michael Sam," the statement read.SHERBROOKE, Que. -- An anaemic Sherbrooke Phoenix offence stunned the league-leading Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play Wednesday. Sherbrooke (14-25-4) never fired more than six shots in a period, and only had three shots in the third, still surprised with goals from Tim Wieser, Matej Beran, Jean-Francois Lavoie and Simon Desbiens. Nathanael Halbert, Ryan Tesink and Frederic Bergeron scored for the Armada (27-8-7), which fell short after a two-goal third period. Phoenix goaltender Maxime Lagace finished with 27 saves. Armada starter Etienne Marcoux was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots. His replacement, Samuel Montembeault, gave up one goal on eight shots. --- MOOSEHEADS 5 ISLANDERS 2 CHARLOTTETOWN -- Halifax scored four unanswered goals to blow past the Islanders. Andrew Shewfelt, Luca Ciampini, Darcy Ashley, Connor Moynihan and Danny Moynihan scored for the Mooseheads (26-15-1). Anthony Cortese and Daniel Sprong had goals in the first period for the Islanders (16-21-5). Halifaxs Kevin Darveau finished with 24 saves, while Charlottetowns Eric Brassard stopped 35 shots. --- REMPARTS 6 TIGRES 2 VICTORIAVILLE, Que. -- Fabrice Herzog and Anthony Duclair each scored twice to lead Quebec. Adam Erne and Olivier Archambault also scorred for the Remparts (23-11-8). . The Tigres (16-19-6) only offence came from Jonathan Diaby and Philippe Hudon. Quebecs Francois Brassard stopped 32 shots. Francois Tremblay was pulled from Victoriavilles net after giving up three goals on seven shots. Guillaume Briand-Briere allowed another three goals in relief. --- OLYMPIQUES 5 SAGUENEENS 0 GATINEAU, Que. -- Anthony Brodeur earned the shutout with 21 saves for the Olympiques third straight win. Jean-Simon Deslauriers, Vaclav Karabacek, Simon Tardif-Richard, Alexis Pepin and Jonathan Bourcier scored for Gatineau (27-14-1), which had four goals in the second period. Domenic Graham allowed all five goals on 42 shots in Chicoutimis (21-21-1) net. The Sagueneens were let down by their power-play unit, which failed to score on four chances. Gatineau meanwhile went 1 for 3. --- HUSKIES 4 VOLTIGEURS 2 ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. -- The Huskies scored three unanswered goals to beat Drummondville. Marcus Power, Liam OBrien, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Julien Nantel had a goal apiece for Rouyn-Noranda (25-11-5). Nikolas Brouillard and Georgs Golovkovs replied for the Voltigeurs (26-14-2). Alexandre Belanger finished with 19 saves in the Huskies net, while at the other end of the ice Louis-Philip Guindon stopped 20 shots. ' ' '
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06 déc. 2019
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