MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland IndiansAug 9, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley, center, celebrates his game-winning hit against the Minnesota Twins with shortstop Francisco Lindor, left, and center field Greg Allen at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Brantley singled in Greg Allen with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cleveland Indians their second consecutive walk-off victory, 5-4 over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon.
Allen opened the inning with a single off reliever Addison Reed (1-6), stole second and went to third on groundout by Francisco Lindor -- who had won Wednesday night's contest with a three-run, walk-off homer. Brantley followed with the game-winning single through a drawn-in infield into right field.
It was 12th walk-off loss for Minnesota, the most for the Twins since their 1987 World Series winning squad.
Lindor had two hits -- his American League-leading 47th multi-hit game -- and drove in three runs, and Yonder Alonso homered for Cleveland. Jason Kipnis walked three times and scored two runs for the Indians, who improved to 21-6 at home against AL Central opponents.
Padres 8, Brewers 4
Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth to highlight a six-run inning and lead visiting San Diego to a victory at Milwaukee in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Renfroe's drive off Joakim Soria into the left field seats was his 12th home run of the season. He has homered in four consecutive games as part of a career-best seven-game hitting streak.
Rookie Franmil Reyes followed Renfroe with an opposite-field homer to right off Jacob Barnes for the Padres' final run.
Nationals 6, Braves 3
Bryce Harper was in the original starting lineup for the Nationals. Manager Dave Martinez scratched the All-Star in favor of Taylor due to Harper experiencing lower right leg discomfort as a result of being hit by a pitch Wednesday.
Taylor hit a homer in the fourth to stake Washington to a 3-1 lead. Gonzalez (7-8) gave up one run on six hits and ended a six-game losing streak as the teams split a four-game series.
--Field Level Media