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The Grand Slam: Indians end Tigers' winning streak with walk-off homer

Mike Oz
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One Michael Brantley swing in the 10th inning Monday night ended numerous things — the Cleveland Indians' game with the Detroit Tigers being first and foremost, but also the Indians' four-game losing streak, the Tigers' six-game winning streak and their 11-game road winning streak.

Brantley's walk-off homer gave the Indians a 5-4 win, also ending a Tigers comeback attempt and a long day for the Detroit boys, whose flight into Cleveland was delayed because of plane trouble. They arrived in town three hours before the game.

''We knew the game would end at some point, and we'd be able to go back and get some sleep,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''We were hoping to go back and get some sleep with a win, but it wasn't to be.''

It wasn't, because the Indians managed to go ahead again three times after the Tigers tied the score. The last of those was put into motion when J.D. Martinez hit a game-tying solo homer in the ninth inning for Detroit. The Indians were down to their last out in the 10th when Brantley launched his homer off a 3-2 slider from Al Alburquerque.

''As long as we win, that's the main thing,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''But the way it ended — that was great.''

If the Indians want to make it two wins in a row on Tuesday, they'll have to best Justin Verlander.

DALLAS KEUCHEL COMES WITHIN ONE OUT OF HIS SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT: Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel dominated once again Monday night — yes, these are real words being used in 2014 — coming within one out of his second consecutive shutout.

Keuchel ran his scoreless inning streak to 20.2 before a two-out infield hit by Mike Trout spun the Astros shutout into merely a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Even though his shutout was denied, Keuchel was still impressive, striking out eight and giving up five hits, two of which came before being pulled with two outs in the ninth. He was charged with both runs, lifting his ERA to 2.92, when reliever Josh Zeid gave up a bases-clearing triple to Howie Kendrick.

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BRAVES COME ALIVE: The Atlanta Braves find themselves in first place in the NL East because of their pitching, not because of their sluggish offense, which is dead last in hits and runs.  Monday night, however, the Braves came alive, collecting a season-high 15 hits in a 9-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Braves used a five-run eighth inning to bury the Brewers and things got so out of hand that Milwaukee put Lyle Overbay into pitch at the end of the eighth, his first career pitching appearance. Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton both homered for the Braves, while Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons each had three hits.

WHITE SOX SPOT ROYALS FIVE RUNS, STILL WIN: The Chicago White Sox spotted the Kansas City Royals a 5-0 lead in the first inning, and most times in baseball, that's a done deal. But not for these slugging White Sox, who are third in runs scored. The White Sox hit three homers en route to a 7-6 comeback win Monday night.

Alexei Ramirez got the White Sox on the board with a three-run homer in the third inning, Dayan Viciedo followed with a solo shot in the fourth, then Paul Konerko hit a go-ahead two-run blast in the fifth.

The win wasn't the only good news for the White Sox. They learned before the game that rookie sensation Jose Abreu has no structural damage to his injured ankle, and won't need surgery. He's on the disabled list now, but the White Sox are hopeful that he'll be able to return when he's eligible to leave the DL.

For the rest of Monday's results, check out our scoreboard.

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