Cleveland Indians fall to Washington Nationals

Washington is also 4-10 in Gonzalez's last 14 starts, and 16-4 in Gonzalez's last 20 Wednesday starts.

Francisco Lindor holds up a hit in the first inning on a liner singled swiftly through the middle with one out.

The strikeout also was his first of five consecutive punchouts, a streak that concluded in the fifth inning with a feeble attempt to ruin his ideal game. "Jayson's the real deal". The Nationals host the Braves for three games starting Friday.

Cleveland's lineup isn't imposing, but the way it cracked Scherzer shows why the Indians are in first place in the AL Central. Washington (66-46) has scored three runs over the last 29 innings.

Trea Turner doubled leading off the inning against Josh Tomlin (11-5), and Werth walked. And then on the line drive to right, looked like Abe had it and looked to the wall, hit him in the glove.

PHILLIES 6, DODGERS 2 Freddy Galvis hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to help Philadelphia beat host Los Angeles.

Two batters later, Rendon smashed a grounder just inside the third base bag, and Werth and Murphy came home.

Jayson Werth hit a solo home run off Indians trade deadline acquisition Andrew Miller in the eighth and extended his on-base streak to 39 games.

Terry Francona did not manage the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals after complaining of chest pain while speaking to reporters before the game.

In his previous five starts, Bauer had allowed 22 earned runs on 33 hits for an 8.37 ERA. With the shadows creeping across the infield, Belisle induced a 6-4-3 double play from Lonnie Chisenhall and Almonte grounded to second as the Nats escaped the jam unscathed.

"He's been to the World Series before".

"He's been around long enough to understand how to do nearly anything in the order", Baker said. "He knows how to pitch to the situation".

Mark Melancon pitched a flawless ninth for his 32nd save.

Tomlin failed to get through five innings for the second straight start. He left after the first three Nationals reached base in the fifth and was charged with seven runs on eight hits.

Mills didn't have any details about Francona's condition but was glad to see him before the game and in the early going. "Had a couple deep counts and the left the ball over the plate". The Indians said Francona, who expressed discomfort during his pregame media session, was examined by a ballpark EMT and remained at Nationals Park.

David Freese singled and scored during each of his first three at-bats, Sean Rodriguez drove in two runs during a spot start at shortstop and Francisco Cervelli finished off Pittsburgh's four-run fifth against Luis Perdomo (5-6) with an RBI double. The Indians (63-48) matched Washington with a run in the second off Gonzalez when Almonte smacked an RBI double to redeem himself somewhat for his trouble in the outfield. In his first dozen starts this season, Scherzer - who was haunted by the home run during the second half of a year ago - served up an eye-popping 16 gopher balls. A sudden and ruinous sequence of events in the seventh inning then sullied Scherzer's work in a 3-1 loss.

Crawford tied an NL record with seven hits in the opener of the three-game set.

Scherzer retired 14 straight Cleveland batters to start the game. Again, anybody that's had a stiff neck realizes how tough that is. Goodwin singled in the eighth for his first major league hit. It was a homecoming for Cleveland's LF Brandon Guyer, a native of nearby Herndon, Va. Guyer played at the University of Virginia. The control problems of his earlier years in the bigs picked a awful time to creep back into the equation with his BB/9 rate jumping from 3.12 in the first half of the season to 5.92 since the All-Star break. Washington's defense came into the game with a.989 fielding percentage, tied with Houston for tops in the majors.

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