Dodgers run into triple play, lose to Indians 10-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 2:25 am •  Published: July 2, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers left the bases loaded three times in the first five innings, which was even more frustrating to Adrian Gonzalez than the simple flyball he hit that turned into an unusual triple play in the fourth.

Josh Beckett gave up a season-worst five earned runs over five innings, including a two-run homer by Lonnie Chisenhall in the first, and the Cleveland Indians went on to beat Los Angeles 10-3 Tuesday night. The right-hander, who pitched a no-hitter at Philadelphia on May 25, is 2-4 in seven starts since then despite a 2.51 ERA.

The Dodgers opened the fourth with Beckett's second double of the game, followed by Dee Gordon's bunt hit and an RBI single by Yasiel Puig that chased Justin Masterson.

Rookie left-hander Kyle Crockett (2-0), the second of seven pitchers used by Indians manager Terry Francona, came on and Gonzalez lifted a fly to left fielder Michael Brantley, who threw out Gordon at the plate. Yan Gomes then noticed Puig breaking for second and fired to Jason Kipnis for the tag on Puig as he went in headfirst.

"I've seen triple plays, but none quite like that," Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp said. "I guess there's a first time for everything."

Francona challenged the original safe call by second base umpire Paul Nauert and got the ruling overturned, giving the Indians three outs on one play after a replay delay that lasted 1 minute, 29 seconds. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then came out to challenge the call at the plate by Adrian Johnson, and that call stood after another wait of 1 minute, 34 seconds.

"I don't think that play itself was frustrating at all," Gonzalez said. "It was just two guys trying to be aggressive — one guy trying to score and the other guy trying to get into scoring position with two outs, and they made the right throws. The only thing that matters is that we lost the game. We had them on the ropes in other innings, too. But regardless of what we did with their starter, we didn't do much as far as winning the game."

Masterson threw 37 pitches in the first inning and came out of it with a 3-2 lead after giving up a double to Puig and an opposite-field homer to left-center by Gonzalez — his 14th this season and second in 37 games.

The right-hander needed another 25 pitches to get through the second unscathed. He struck out Puig, then intentionally walked Gonzalez to load the bases before fanning Kemp and retiring Andre Ethier on a grounder.

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