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Wilson blows lead in 8th, Dodgers lose to Indians

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Called on to protect a one-run lead, Brian Wilson provided little relief.

Wilson surrendered three runs in the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 5-4 to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

Wilson (1-3) retired only one of the six batters he faced, giving up a tying RBI single by pinch-hitter David Murphy and a two-run single by No. 8 hitter Mike Aviles after an intentional walk to Lonnie Chisenhall.

"Brian's been throwing well. I don't know how many innings he's thrown before today without giving up a run, but it seemed like a while," outfielder Scott Van Slyke said. "When you make a mistake, it usually ends up biting you. Hopefully, that's out of the way and he can start a new streak."

Wilson had allowed one run in his previous 19 appearances, spanning 16 2-3 innings.

Van Slyke, who started in right field for the first time this season while Yasiel Puig rested, hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth off Scott Atchison, leaving the Dodgers a run short.

Cody Allen got four outs for his eighth save, retiring Matt Kemp on a flyball to the warning track with the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position. Had Kemp been able to come through, the win would have gone to former Indians closer Chris Perez, who pitched a perfect ninth.

The Dodgers signed Perez as a free agent to a one-year, $2.3 million contract on Christmas Eve after the two-time All-Star went 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 54 appearances last season with the Tribe.

"I had some good years there and I have some friends that are still on the team. Now I look at it as just a part of my career," said Perez, who spent the previous 4 1/2 seasons in Cleveland and recorded a career-best 39 saves in 2012. "I've moved on to the second chapter, and I'm definitely glad to be in L.A."

Perez missed most of June because of a shoulder strain, the same injury that cost him a month of spring training, but was healthy for the final three months as the Indians earned a spot in the wild card game with a 92-74 record before losing to Tampa Bay.

"Unfortunately, last year I wasn't healthy the whole year. But instead of trying to make excuses, I still went out there to try to do my job," Perez said.

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