Not so Goody: Indians rally, but lose in 12th
MLB stats for May 1
MLB stats for May 1, 2018
Joey Gallo and Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered on consecutive pitches off Nick Goody in the 12th inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 8-6 on Tuesday night.
Michael Brantley tied the game in the ninth with a two-out grand slam off Keone Kela, but the Rangers bailed out their closer who entered the game with a 6-2 lead.
Goody (0-2) recorded the final out in the 10th and stranded two runners in the 11th. The right-hander retired Nomar Mazara to start the 12th, but Gallo homered to dead center to put Texas ahead. Kiner-Falefa, who had a career-high four hits, homered into the bleachers.
Alex Claudio (1-1) pitched the final three innings.
Kela entered the game to begin the ninth in a non-save situation and loaded the bases with one out. Tyler Naquin singled and Bradley Zimmer hit into a fielder’s choice. Singles by Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis loaded the bases.
Jose Ramirez struck out on a full count before Brantley hammered an 0-2 pitch to right for his first career grand slam.
Edwin Encarnacion singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Rajai Davis, but Yonder Alonso struck out. Kela, who converted his first six save chances, allowed four runs and five hits in one inning.
Brantley had a chance to win the game in the 11th, but grounded out to end the inning with Ramirez on second.
The Rangers bounced back from Monday’s 7-5 loss, when the Indians scored five times in their final two at-bats.
Jurickson Profar drove in a career-high three runs, and Delino DeShields and Mazara homered for Texas.
Texas reliever Jake Diekman was struck in the back by Encarnacion’s line drive in the eighth. The pitcher was on the ground briefly, but remained in the game after throwing a few warmup pitches. The ball ricocheted to first baseman Ronald Guzman, who completed the out. Diekman was removed after walking Alonso.