Yan Gomes walk off three-run homer rewards Corey Kluber's stellar start

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 9, 2017

Yan Gomes' three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a four-run rally and lifted the Cleveland Indians to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

"They all suck anytime you lose, especially when it's your fault", said Holland (2-3).

He is just one of three pitchers in Major League Baseball history to do that, joining Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez, after striking out 11 in his second straight complete game and fourth of the season.

Colorado had a chance to add a run in the sixth when Raimel Tapia led off with a single to right, breaking a streak of 15 straight batters sat down by Kluber. He did not walk a batter and struck out 11, including getting the side in order to finish off his complete game. It was his 26th home run of the season, taking the lead over Nolan Arenado for the team lead.

The Indians (60-50) entered the ninth not needing any help from the bullpen but still trailing 1-0.

Manager Terry Francona said Brantley initially thought he injured his Achilles tendon. Tapia then stole second on the very first pitch of Trevor Story's at-bat, but the Rockies shortstop hit a fly ball to shallow right that wasn't deep enough to advance the runner, then Blackmon struck out and LeMahieu grounded out to second to leave Tapia standing at second. We've seen him plenty of times, I think we all know a little about him.

The 30-year old right fielder said he had an idea of what the major league leader in saves was going to throw after falling into a bad count. But Dunn, on the biggest pitch of the game, got Lindor to pop up a high-and-tight fastball on the infield. But I tried to brush it off and go back to work. "We still had 27 outs, and we used them all".

With one out, and Colorado leading 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Edwin Encarnacion drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch, and was replaced by pinch runner Brandon Guyer.

Gomes came up with Jackson on first and Bradley Zimmer on third and took his winning swing on the first pitch he saw from Greg Holland.

After Austin Jackson tied the game with an RBI single, Gomes ensured Kluber's stellar outing would result in a win. We were just trying to put some good at-bats together and trying to get a win for Corey. "But the last thing you want to do is run away from him, because when he finds it, he's more valuable than ever".

On another night where Corey Kluber was electric, tossing his fourth complete game while allowing just three hits and striking out 11, the offense was again punchless after scoring two runs in as many games.

"When Austin got the tying run in, it nearly takes the pressure off you", Gomes said. "I just wish we could have done it in a little less-stressful way". The right-hander went 6-plus innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three.

Sale struck out every member of the Rays lineup at least once; Bourjos whiffed three times.

One of the three hits that the Rockies managed against Kluber tonight was a lead-off home run by Charlie Blackmon.

"That's a throwback game for sure", Rockies manager Bud Black said.

At an age when many pitches take a step back, Kluber has tweaked his approach and become even more effective. McGee and Ottavino on the other hand have been struggling for too long, and despite the efforts of Dunn and Rusin, the Rockies' bullpen remains a problem area for a team that needs their pitching to be as on-point as possible.

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