CLEVELAND – Mike Aviles homered leading off the 11th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
Aviles connected on a 1-2 pitch from Brian Matusz (2-3), driving it onto the home run porch in left field for just Cleveland’s second run in the past 22-plus innings. The Indians were shut out 1-0 by Arizona in 12 innings on Wednesday night.
As he neared home plate, Aviles slowed down and was splashed in the face with water by his jubilant teammates, who then embraced him and danced up the first-base line.
The game-ending win allowed the Indians to keep momentum in their playoff push. Cleveland has won four of five.
Scott Atchison (6-0) retired all six batters and capped a night when the Indians got another big outing from starter Corey Kluber.
Kluber struck out 10 and allowed just one run and five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He remained unbeaten in eight starts since June.
Rookie Zach Walters homered for Cleveland.
The Orioles tied it in the eighth on J.J. Hardy’s two-out single.
Kluber’s eight double-digit strikeout games this season are the most for an Indians pitcher since Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in 1976.
RAYS 5, YANKEES 0: In St. Petersburg, Florida, Alex Cobb pitched neatly into the eighth inning and Tampa Bay became just the fourth team in major league history to reach .500 after falling 18 games under in the same season.
Bishop Luers product Kevin Keirmaier was 1 for 3 for Tampa Bay.
WHITE SOX 11, BLUE JAYS 5: In Chicago, Jose Abreu had three singles and three RBI to increase his major league-leading total to 89, and Chicago had 17 hits off slumping Toronto, which has lost four straight.
ASTROS 5, RED SOX 3, 10 inn.: In Boston, Jake Marisnick hit a two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning, and Houston rallied for its first win in nine games at Fenway Park. With their 51st win of the season, the Astros matched last year’s total.
ROYALS 6, TWINS 5: In Minneapolis, Josh Willingham returned to Target Field and hit a bases-clearing double in Kansas City’s five-run fourth inning and the Royals won for the 11th time in 12 games.
ANGELS 5, RANGERS 4: In Arlington, Texas, Kole Calhoun had a tiebreaking, three-run homer among his three hits and Garrett Richards worked into the eighth inning for his 13th victory.
METS 3, CUBS 2: In New York, Zack Wheeler struck out 10 in a gritty performance, Eric Campbell hit a three-run homer and New York beat free-swinging Chicago, which struck out 14 times.
NATIONALS 5, PIRATES 4: In Washington, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche each drove in two runs, leading Washington to its fourth consecutive victory.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, MARLINS 2: In Miami, Aaron Hill and Cliff Pennington hit home runs in the first inning and, Arizona was able to hold on with the help of four double plays.
CARDINALS 4, PADRES 2: In St. Louis, Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings, and St. Louis won its third straight.
BRAVES 7, ATHLETICS 2: In Atlanta, Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, one of four by Atlanta, and the Braves, who had not scored more than four runs in any of their past six games, had a rare power surge.
Former TinCap Nate Freiman hit a two-run homer for the Athletics in the fourth inning.