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Triple play helps Tribe snap skid



Published: Thu, July 3, 2014 @ 12:04 a.m.

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES

One pitch, two replays, three outs.

“I’ve seen triple plays, but none quite like that,” Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp said Tuesday night. “I guess there’s a first time for everything.”

The Cleveland Indians turned an unorthodox triple play that required a pair of video reviews, and David Murphy broke out of a 1-for-44 slump with three hits and two RBIs in a 10-3 victory over Los Angeles.

Lonnie Chisenhall started things off for Cleveland with a two-run homer against Josh Beckett (5-5). Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes also drove in two runs apiece for the Indians, held to one hit in back-to-back shutout losses to the Mariners and Dodgers.

The dormant Cleveland lineup finally came out of its shell — so much so that Justin Masterson was all smiles after one of his shortest outings this season.

“The offense was great and the bullpen was great,” Masterson said. Rookie left-hander Kyle Crockett (2-0) got the win with an inning of one-hit relief, after Masterson failed to get through the fourth with a 5-2 lead. All three of Crockett’s outs came on the triple play.

The Dodgers opened the fourth with Beckett’s second double, 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.


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