MLB Game Summary - Cleveland at St. Louis|
(Sunday, June 10th)
Final Score: Cleveland 4, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jason Kipnis crushed a go-ahead three-run
homer in the top of the ninth inning to help the Indians take a 4-1 victory
over the Cardinals in the finale of a three-game interleague set at Busch
With the game tied at 1-1 in the ninth, Jason Motte (3-3) came on for the
Cardinals and served up a single to Johnny Damon to start the frame. Asdrubal
Cabrera then walked two batters later before Kipnis crushed a fastball deep
into the right-field seats to give the Tribe a three-run lead.
Vinnie Pestano (3-0) got the win after firing a scoreless eighth in relief of
starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts
over seven innings of work. Chris Perez recorded his 20th save of the season
by blanking the Cardinals in the ninth.
St. Louis starter Joe Kelly was impressive in his Major League debut, allowing
just one run on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts over five-plus
Carlos Beltran accounted for the only St. Louis run with a solo homer in the
first as the Cardinals dropped two-of-three and failed on their seventh
attempt to win a series against Cleveland.
"I'd like to see us more consistent, there's no question," admitted St. Louis
manager Mike Matheny. "The guys are grinding, they're fighting. I'm going to
continue to stay optimistic because that's what I believe."
Beltran's one-out blast deep into center field gave the home team a 1-0 edge,
but Cleveland pulled even in the third as Shin-Soo Choo led off with a ground-
rule double, moved to third on a groundout and came around to score on a
sacrifice fly from Carlos Santana.
The Cardinals loaded the bases in the eighth on a trio of walks from Pestano,
but the right-hander fanned the next two batters to keep the game knotted at
"It just came down to who could execute late in the game," said Kipnis. "I
thought Vinnie being able to hang in there and get those last two guys out
saved the game for us and then we were able to get guys on versus Motte and
turn it around."
Cleveland center fielder Michael Brantley extended his hit-streak to 18 games
with a leadoff single in the sixth...Cleveland and St. Louis were battling for
the first time since the Indians won two of three meetings at home back in
2009...The Indians are the only Major League team that St. Louis has never
beaten in a series.
06/10 19:59:41 ET