Dodgers' Yasiel Puig suspended 1 game for obscene gesture

Kansas City has scored seven or more runs in each of its last four games, all wins.

"Tonight was not a great night for me", Kershaw said.

It has been a relatively uneventful season for Puig, who was sent to the minors previous year; a stint that he said taught him humility.

More importantly for the Dodgers, they moved into a tie atop the National League West after the Rockies lost in Pittsburgh for the second straight night.

"I reacted that way", Puig said through an interpreter after the game, noting that he was spontaneously responding to a group of hecklers at Cleveland's Progressive Field. He left a ball nearly dead center in the middle of the plate and Puig crushed it. While it's unclear as to which fans the gesture was meant for, there is seating in the dugout suites close to home plate. "He was able to get the bat head to a couple balls (and) really deposit them where we'd rather him not".

Brandon McCarthy breezed through the first five innings for the boys in blue before he ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth. That allowed a run to score.

"I think he's human", manager Terry Francona said of Miller, who allowed homers in consecutive outings for the first time since 2011. The oft-injured veteran has served up one home run in 28 2/3 innings since returning from a shoulder ailment in May.

Miller took full blame for the loss.

Despite the high, the game was mostly a low-scoring, hard-fought contest by the Indians until just about the end.

Later in the top of the 8, Miller induced what looked to be an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, but upon further review - though fairly obvious at the time - Gonzalez came off of second base. He made 63 relief appearances for the Indians in 2013, going 1-2 with a 6.28 ERA.

The two-time MVP bent but did not break in the early stages, allowing at least one hit in each of his first three innings with only one run surrendered. A blown bullpen, a dominant opposing pitcher, a comeback that falls just short, all textbook stuff.

Zimmer hit leadoff with Jason Kipnis out of the lineup on Wednesday, and even though Kipnis remains out today, Zimmer will slide down to eighth while Francisco Lindor will take over leadoff duties against Dodgers' southpaw Rich Hill. Get the app and get the game.

In San Diego, Clayton Richard carried a shutout into the ninth inning, Franchy Cordero homered twice and the Padres beat slumping Cincinnati. He'll always have that.

  • Julie Sanders