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encouraged by what he saw.“
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encouraged by what he saw.“
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres manager Andy Green told Franmil Reyes that he’d have the winning hit Thursday night.Reyes sure did Clayton Kershaw Jersey , and in a big way. The rookie hit his first career walkoff homer with two outs in the 13th inning to give the Padres a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.Reyes connected to left-center on a 1-1 pitch from Bryan Shaw (4-6) for his 12th homer. It was only the sixth hit for San Diego. The Rockies had only three hits against seven Padres pitchers.“I actually told him before the game that he was going to get the game-winning hit. I probably say that to a lot of bench guys,” Green said. “It doesn’t always happen like that. He said we were going to score 10 runs. I was right, he was wrong. But a great at-bat. The way that ball was hit I didn’t think it was going out but he had enough to get it out to a big part of the park late at night. It was a great swing.”Reyes, who entered as a defensive substitution in the 11th, said it felt “very, very good. Really excited. I really wasn’t looking for a pitch. I was picking and choosing my zone. I focused on one little zone. If he throws it there, it was the damage I was looking for. The pitch I homered on, it was just hanging. I see it really clear.”The Padres had two other chances to win it before Reyes finally did. They had runners on first and second with no outs in the 11th and failed to score. Rookie Luis Urias, who went 3 for 5 against Seattle on Wednesday in just his second big league game, popped up a bunt, and Wil Myers grounded into a double play.They had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth before Hunter Renfroe grounded into a double play.Myers committed three errors at third base and struck out three times. The Padres had 16 strikeouts.The Rockies stranded 11 runners.Robert Stock (1-1) pitched three innings for his first major league win, allowing just one hit and one walk.“It’s a great feeling for us to take games away from these playoff contenders because to us it feels like big, important games because we know for them it’s big, important games,” said Stock, a 28-year-old rookie. “It’s extra sweet against a team that’s in our division.”Rockies starter German Marquez struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings while allowing two runs and two hits, with one walk.“I just wanted to keep the game close,” Marquez said. “Close enough that we had a chance to win http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authent...ner-jersey , and I was feeling good and I was going for it.”Colorado trails Arizona by 1 1/2 games in the NL West after the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 3-1 on Thursday night. Los Angeles is two games behind Arizona.“It was just a bad night,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “That’s what you chalk it up to. … It just wasn’t a good night offensively, for both teams. We shut them down, they shut us down, there were pitches being made. We just didn’t have the big hit at the right time. We threatened a couple times, but we couldn’t get the hit.”Rookie lefty Eric Lauer, who came off the disabled list to make the start, held the Rockies hitless on 81 pitches through five innings before manager Andy Green turned it over to another rookie, Trey Wingenter, with the Padres leading 2-1.Wingenter walked Trevor Story opening the sixth and then allowed a single to right by Matt Holliday. He struck out Carlos Gonzalez before Story scored on a fielder’s choice by Ian Desmond to tie the game at 2.The Padres remain the only team in the majors without a no-hitter.Lauer, who had been on the DL with a strained left forearm, struck out two and walked two.The Padres took a 2-0 lead in the second when Austin Hedges hit his first career triple to bring in Renfroe and then scored on Freddy Galvis‘ sacrifice fly.The Rockies got an unearned run back in an ugly fourth inning for the Padres, when Lauer hit Story with a pitch and then walked Holliday with one out, followed by consecutive two-out errors by Myers, who recently was moved from the outfield to third base. Myers’ first error allowed Story to score, and his second error loaded the bases before Lauer struck out Marquez to end the inning.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (4-4, 5.24) has made four appearances against San Diego this year, going 1-0 with a 6.14 ERA.Padres: Rookie RHP Brett Kennedy (0-2 Sandy Koufax Jersey , 7.58) is scheduled to make his fifth career start. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez got the big hit, though Adalberto Mondesi may have made the biggest plays.Before Alex Gordon’s walk and Perez’s game-winning single in the 10th inning, the fourth walk-off RBI of his career and second in two weeks, it was Mondesi’s two-out walk and two steals that set the stage for the Kansas City Royals‘ 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.“His aggressiveness was great, but also his patience was fantastic in that last at-bat,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “You kept thinking, ‘OK, if you get on, the chances of us winning this game are going to be great, even with two outs,’ because you know — boom — he’s going to put himself in scoring position and we’re just a hit away.”Neil Ramirez (0-3), who retired the first two hitters in the 10th, tried to get Mondesi to chase a full-count slider down and in.Mondesi laid off the pitch, then reached 30 steals in 72 games played this season after swiping second and third.A year ago, Mondesi probably hacks away and the teams may still be playing.“It just shows you his growth and how far he’s come, because last year that was an automatic swing 3-2 for a strikeout,” Yost said. “He’s made tremendous strides there.”Mondesi also hit his 13th home run for the Royals (57-102) — no longer in danger of matching the franchise record of 106 losses http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authent...uig-jersey , set in 2005 — and made a game-saving defensive play in the eighth inning.The Indians had runners at second and third with two outs when Yandy Diaz chopped a slow roller between third baseman Hunter Dozier and Mondesi, who made a quick scoop and an off-balance throw to get a diving Diaz.“We practice on that every day,” Mondesi said of throwing across his body, “so when it comes in the game it’s a lot easier for us.”Yost was more effusive about the play.“That is a play in that situation that very few shortstops are going to make, because it does require such athleticism, such range and such arm strength to be able to complete that play,” Yost said.Jason Hammel (4-14) worked a scoreless 10th, one of five relievers the Royals used in five scoreless innings from the bullpen.The AL Central champion Indians (89-70), who are locked into an AL Divisional Series matchup beginning next week with the reigning world champion Houston Astros, got their only run in the first.Francisco Lindor led off with a single, took second on a botched pickoff attempt and went to third on a balk by Royals starter Glenn Sparkman. Lindor scored on Jose Ramirez’s one-out sacrifice fly.Josh Tomlin pitched well for the Indians in his final audition for a postseason roster spot. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing Mondesi’s only homer in the third with five strikeouts and no walks.“I’ve finally gotten to the point where I know what my body’s going to do,” Tomlin said. “I’m not trying to force the issue. I’m just out there throwing, playing catch. It seems like I’m just playing catch.”Tomlin, who has a 6.14 ERA this season, remains a longshot for the ALDS roster, but manager Terry Francona was encouraged by what he saw.“One cutter for the solo homer, kind of came across the plate Hyun-Jin Ryu Jersey , but other than that he spun the ball good,” Francona said. “I thought his cutter was as crisp as we’ve seen. He got some kind of funky swings with it and stayed off the barrel.”HITS LEADERThe Royals’ Whit Merrifield had two hits and moved into the major league lead with 188, one ahead of Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman. Merrifield has 53 multi-hit games on the season.HISTORIC THIEVERYGreg Allen has 21 steals after swiping second and third in the 10th inning. That gives the Indians four players — Jose Ramirez (34), Francisco Lindor (23), Rajai Davis (21) and Allen (21) — with at least 20 steals in a season for the first time since 1911, when the franchise was still called the Naps. “It’s something that we believe in and can help us make a difference,” Francona said. “That’s sometimes something that gets overlooked, and we certainly don’t want to.”TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: The Royals are healthy except for four players on the long-term disabled list — 3B Cheslor Cuthbert (strained lower back), OF Jorge Soler (fractured toe), RHP Jesse Hahn (elbow surgery) and RHP Nate Karns (elbow inflammation). LHP Danny Duffy (shoulder inflammation) also has been shut down for the season.Indians: INF Erik Gonzalez entered the concussion protocol after getting hit in the head by a pitch against the White Sox on Wednesday. Francona said Gonzalez experienced some nausea after getting beaned, but “is doing much, much better.” Gonzalez traveled with the team but there is no timetable for his return. … 1B Yonder Alonso got the day off. … Francona said OF Michael Brantley, who left Tuesday’s game after fouling a pitch off his right calf and then returned to the lineup Wednesday, sat for his regular day off and has no lingering effects.UP NEXTIndians RHP Mike Clevinger (12-8, 3.07 ERA) will make his final start of the regular season opposite Royals RHP Ian Kennedy (3-8, 4.59) as Francona gets his rotation set for the playoffs.
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