Going, going, Gomes: 3-run homer in 9th lifts Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) For eight innings, nothing. The Indians did everything in the ninth.

Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer with two outs off All-Star closer Greg Holland as Cleveland, down to its last strike several times, rallied for four runs in its last at-bat for Corey Kluber and stunned the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Tuesday night.

After Austin Jackson tied it with a two-out bloop RBI single, Gomes connected on the first pitch from Holland (2-3), driving it into the seats in center field to touch off a wild celebration in Progressive Field.

Gomes flung his helmet and skipped around the bases as the Indians players danced out of their dugout at the improbable walk-off win.

''That was unbelievable, man,'' Gomes said. ''It was some battle at-bats, too. Austin found the hole out there, but he battled his tail off. That's the best closer in the NL, and maybe in the major leagues right now. We've seen him plenty of times. We all know a little about him. We were just trying to put some good at-bats together and trying to get a win for Corey.''

Kluber (10-3) deserved it. The right-hander gave up three hits, struck out 11, threw his second straight complete game and continued his dominance since returning from the disabled list on June 1.

But if not for Jackson's heroics against Holland, the majors' saves leader, and Gomes' eighth homer, Kluber would have taken a tough loss. Until the Indians' late rally, Charlie Blackmon's homer on Kluber's second pitch looked like it might stand up as the game's only run.

''First couple hitters of the game, home run, single and then nothing,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said of Kluber's latest gem. ''It's fun to watch. It'd be nice to score some runs so he could really enjoy it. He spent two and a half hours being grumpy, then you win.''

Holland walked Edwin Encarnacion with one out and struck out Carlos Santana before getting ahead of Jackson. In a two-strike hole, Jackson barely nicked a pitch before fouling off two more and dropping his game-tying RBI single into right-center, the flair just eluding a diving Blackmon.

''They all suck anytime you lose especially when it's your fault,'' Holland said. ''Walking the tying run and the winning run was the key to the inning. Edwin had a good at-bat. The walk to Zimmer was more on me. I don't think he ever swung. Jackson had a good at-bat. I thought it was a fly ball off the bat. He just hit it in a perfect spot.''

The Rockies honored late manager Don Baylor by hanging his No. 25 jersey in their dugout. Baylor, who died Monday at 68 after a long battle with cancer, led Colorado to the playoffs in 1995 - the expansion franchise's third season.

Indians All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley sprained his right ankle in the fifth, going down after taking a few steps toward a fly ball. Brantley, who played in just 11 games last season following right shoulder surgery, started running after a fly to center when he pulled up. The 30-year-old dropped to the grass and had a concerned look on his face while being checked by a trainer.

Brantley, who was on the disabled list in June with a sprain to the same ankle, limped slowly off the field to an ovation and was helped down the dugout steps.

Francona said Brantley will undergo an MRI and the team should know more on Wednesday.

KLUBER WITH A CAPITAL K

Kluber is just the third pitcher to strike out at least eight in 13 consecutive starts, joining Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat. Johnson did it three times, and Martinez twice.

LEADOFF, LIFT0FF

Blackmon's homer was the 100th of his career - and 27th leading off a game. He's the 12th player in team history to reach the century plateau. He's hit a major league-leading 21 leadoff homers since the start of 2015.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: OF Ian Desmond (strained right calf) took batting practice on the field before Tuesday's game. There's no timetable for his return. He's been on the 10-day disabled list since July 16.

Indians: Francona said All-Star LHP Andrew Miller may need a few days beyond his stint on the 10-day disabled list to recover from right knee tendinitis. Miller was placed on the DL last week and is eligible to be activated on Aug. 12. Asked when the indispensable Miller will pitch once he's activated, Francona quipped: ''Five minutes after he's off the disabled list.''

UP NEXT

Trevor Bauer, who held the Yankees to one run in seven innings last week, starts the series finale for the Indians. Bauer lasted just 3 1/3 innings against Colorado earlier this season. Rookie Antonio Senzatela starts for the Rockies. He gave up two homers in a start against Cleveland in June but got the win.

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IndiansCLE60-50
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  • W: C. Kluber (10-3)L: G. Holland (2-3)
  • HR: COL - C. Blackmon (26), CLE - Y. Gomes (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41111021.330.387.611.9975.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40100011.318.381.405.786-0.5
N. Arenado 3B30000021.315.363.591.955-1.0
G. Parra LF30000011.350.375.526.901-0.5
M. Reynolds 1B30000020.279.366.509.875-1.0
C. Gonzalez RF30000010.226.296.340.636-0.5
J. Lucroy C30000010.242.301.338.639-0.5
R. Tapia DH30100000.299.354.453.8073.0
T. Story SS30000011.225.299.410.710-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Kipnis 2B30100100.230.291.395.6852.0
    F. Lindor SS30100102.271.332.474.8063.0
    M. Brantley LF20000001.299.358.445.8020.0
    A. Almonte LF20000004.234.319.391.7100.0
    J. Ramirez 3B40000003.314.366.546.9120.0
    E. Encarnacion DH20000210.252.369.468.8361.5
    B. Guyer DH01000000.222.317.333.6501.0
    C. Santana 1B40100012.243.344.436.7800.5
    B. Zimmer CF31000112.268.332.441.7731.5
    A. Jackson RF41110011.319.393.482.8752.5
    Y. Gomes C41231000.226.318.372.6909.0
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Blackmon (26)
      • RBI - C. Blackmon (73)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (31)
      • HR - Y. Gomes (7)
      • RBI - A. Jackson (19), Y. Gomes 3 (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Jackson (10), Y. Gomes 3 (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Tapia (5)
      • CS - D. LeMahieu (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - N. Arenado, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Marquez6.02003303.881.2817.5
      C. Rusin (H, 9)1.00000002.731.083.0
      P. Neshek (H, 13)0.11000001.580.92-1.0
      M. Dunn (H, 15)0.21000004.151.44-1.0
      G. Holland (L, 2-3) (BS, 3)0.22442112.791.14-12.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Marquez6.0
      C. Rusin (H, 9)1.0
      P. Neshek (H, 13)0.1
      M. Dunn (H, 15)0.2
      G. Holland (L, 2-3) (BS, 3)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 10-3)9.031101112.650.9138.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 10-3)9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 103-66, C. Rusin 4-3, P. Neshek 9-7, M. Dunn 8-5, G. Holland 31-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 5-10, C. Rusin 2-0, M. Dunn 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 23, C. Rusin 2, P. Neshek 2, M. Dunn 3, G. Holland 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 116-78
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-11
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 29
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      RockiesCOL64-49
      100000000130
      IndiansCLE60-50
      00000000X460
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Blackmon CF41111021.330.387.611.9975.0
      D. LeMahieu 2B40100011.318.381.405.786-0.5
      N. Arenado 3B30000021.315.363.591.955-1.0
      G. Parra LF30000011.350.375.526.901-0.5
      M. Reynolds 1B30000020.279.366.509.875-1.0
      C. Gonzalez RF30000010.226.296.340.636-0.5
      J. Lucroy C30000010.242.301.338.639-0.5
      R. Tapia DH30100000.299.354.453.8073.0
      T. Story SS30000011.225.299.410.710-0.5
      Total2913110115-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Kipnis 2B30100100.230.291.395.6852.0
        F. Lindor SS30100102.271.332.474.8063.0
        M. Brantley LF20000001.299.358.445.8020.0
        A. Almonte LF20000004.234.319.391.7100.0
        J. Ramirez 3B40000003.314.366.546.9120.0
        E. Encarnacion DH20000210.252.369.468.8361.5
        B. Guyer DH01000000.222.317.333.6501.0
        C. Santana 1B40100012.243.344.436.7800.5
        B. Zimmer CF31000112.268.332.441.7731.5
        A. Jackson RF41110011.319.393.482.8752.5
        Y. Gomes C41231000.226.318.372.6909.0
        Total3146415415-----
          BATTING
          • HR - C. Blackmon (26)
          • RBI - C. Blackmon (73)
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Lindor (31)
          • HR - Y. Gomes (7)
          • RBI - A. Jackson (19), Y. Gomes 3 (33)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Jackson (10), Y. Gomes 3 (20)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Tapia (5)
          • CS - D. LeMahieu (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - N. Arenado, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Marquez6.02003303.881.2817.5
          C. Rusin (H, 9)1.00000002.731.083.0
          P. Neshek (H, 13)0.11000001.580.92-1.0
          M. Dunn (H, 15)0.21000004.151.44-1.0
          G. Holland (L, 2-3) (BS, 3)0.22442112.791.14-12.5
          Total8.2644541---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Marquez6.0
          C. Rusin (H, 9)1.0
          P. Neshek (H, 13)0.1
          M. Dunn (H, 15)0.2
          G. Holland (L, 2-3) (BS, 3)0.2
          Total8.2
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber (W, 10-3)9.031101112.650.9138.5
          Total9.03110111---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber (W, 10-3)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 103-66, C. Rusin 4-3, P. Neshek 9-7, M. Dunn 8-5, G. Holland 31-19
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 5-10, C. Rusin 2-0, M. Dunn 1-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 23, C. Rusin 2, P. Neshek 2, M. Dunn 3, G. Holland 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 116-78
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 4-11
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 29
          • 9TH INNING
            Gomes homered to left, Zimmer and Jackson scored14
            Jackson singled to center, Guyer scored, Zimmer to third11
          • 1ST INNING
            Blackmon homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
            • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Greg Holland relieved Mike Dunn
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Brandon Guyer ran for Edwin Encarnacion
            • Brandon Guyer at designated hitter
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmer walked, Guyer to second
            • A. Jackson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Jackson singled to center, Guyer scored, Zimmer to third
            • Y. Gomes: Gomes homered to left, Zimmer and Jackson scored
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez popped out to second
            • J. Lucroy: Lucroy popped out to second
            • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tapia fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Pat Neshek relieved Chris Rusin
            • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jackson lined out to center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes singled to center
            • Mike Dunn relieved Pat Neshek
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis singled to shallow right, Gomes to third
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor popped out to second
            • A. Almonte: Almonte reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kipnis out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul tip, Arenado struck out on foul tip
            • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Parra lined out to center
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Marquez Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Chris Rusin relieved German Marquez
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Santana reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Encarnacion out at second
            • B. Zimmer: Ball, Zimmer grounded into double play third to second to first, Santana out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • R. Tapia: Tapia singled to right
            • T. Story: Ball, Tapia stole second, Strike swinging, Story flied out to right
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Marquez Pitching:
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Gomes grounded out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked, Kipnis to second
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Almonte lined out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reynolds flied out to center
            • Abraham Almonte in left
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Marquez Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to deep left
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana singled to center
            • B. Zimmer: Strike swinging, Zimmer lined out to second
            • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Jackson flied out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
            • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado fouled out to catcher
            • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Parra lined out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Marquez Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis lined out to second
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor doubled to deep center
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second, Lindor to third
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Tapia flied out to left
            • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Story flied out to shallow left
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Marquez Pitching:
            • B. Zimmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
            • A. Jackson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Jackson struck out on foul tip
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
            • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez fouled out to third
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Marquez Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana lined out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon homered to center
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu singled to right
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
            • G. Parra: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Parra struck out looking
            • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu caught stealing, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Marquez Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis lined out to third
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor lined out to third
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley fouled out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)