Aviles' RBI single gives Indians 7-6 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 31, 2014 at 6:36 pm •  Published: May 31, 2014
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Aviles has built a reputation as a solid player off the bench. He's not doing a bad job being in the lineup every day either.

Aviles hit a three-run homer in the second inning and added the go-ahead single in the eighth to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Colorado Rockies 7-6 on Saturday.

Thanks to several injuries around the infield, Aviles has been seeing more action the last several weeks. And that's just fine with manager Terry Francona.

"He knows he's going to play more than the average guy who doesn't start, so he stays in shape and stays ready," Francona said. "He knows how to play the game. You almost go looking for ways to get him into the game."

Cleveland's bullpen couldn't hold a 6-2 lead in the seventh, but Aviles saved the day when he lined a single to right with one out that scored Jason Kipnis, who drew a leadoff walk as a pinch-hitter.

"I figured he wasn't going to give me anything on the plate, so I tried to be patient, which really isn't my style, but I got one to hit and was lucky enough that it fell in," Aviles said.

Kipnis wasn't in the starting lineup after playing two games since missing a month with an oblique injury. He batted for Jesus Aguilar, forcing Rockies manager Walt Weiss to call on left-hander Rex Brothers (2-3). Kipnis walked and took second on Lonnie Chisenhall's sacrifice. Aviles lined a hit to right field and Kipnis slid home ahead of Charlie Blackmon's throw.

Chisenhall had a two-run homer in the sixth.

The Indians handed their bullpen a 6-2 lead through six innings, but Corey Dickerson's solo homer and Blackmon's three-run shot tied it in the seventh.

Bryan Shaw (2-1) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Cody Allen worked the ninth for his third save as the Rockies fell to 2-6 on their nine-game trip.

"It hasn't been easy, but all the guys all through the lineup fought well, especially the top and bottom of the order," Weiss said. "Things just aren't going our way right now."

Trevor Bauer allowed two runs and matched a career high with eight strikeouts in six innings, but Cleveland's bullpen imploded. Scott Athchison retired the first hitter before Dickerson homered. Following singles by Wilin Rosario and DJ LeMahieu, Josh Outman relieved, but Blackmon homered on the left-hander's first and only pitch to tie the game.