Indians 2, Nationals 1

The Sports Xchange
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CLEVELAND -- Drew Stubbs scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Jason Kipnis with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Friday night at Progressive Field.
After starters Justin Masterson and Gio Gonzalez pitched to a seven-inning standoff, the Indians broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the ninth.
With one out, Stubbs singled and raced to third on a hit-and-run single to right field by Michael Bourn off reliever Fernando Abad. Kipnis then hit a sharp grounder to first baseman Adam LaRoche, but Stubbs beat LaRoche's throw home to score the winning run.
Three Cleveland pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Indians won their third game in a row.
Cleveland blew a golden opportunity to score in the bottom of the eighth when they loaded the bases with one out against reliever Tyler Clippard but failed to score.
Both starting pitchers were brilliant, but neither figured in the decision. Masterson gave up one run and two hits with 10 strikeouts and four walks. Gonzalez allowed one run and three hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.
Masterson ended five of the first six innings with a strikeout in his first home start since going 0-2 with a 7.43 ERA in two starts on the Indians' last road trip.
Cleveland threatened in the sixth when Gonzalez walked the bases loaded. But Mark Reynolds, who leads the team in RBIs with 42 and is hitting .400 with the bases loaded this season, popped out to second to end the inning.
Gonzalez came into the game having not won a game since May 5. In six starts since then, he was 0-1 despite a 2.27 ERA and opponents' batting average of .194.
Gonzalez dominated the Indians in the early going, striking out five of six batters in one stretch from the first to the third innings.
The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the third when Masterson gave up a single and two walks, and then threw a run-scoring wild pitch.
The Indians tied it on a home run by Ryan Raburn in the fourth, Raburn's third home run in 13 career at-bats against Gonzalez.
NOTES: Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann, who is tied for second in the majors in wins with a record of 9-3, will make his first career start against the Indians on Saturday night. ... Stephen Strasburg (right lat strain) is expected to be activated off the disabled list and start Sunday for the Nationals. ... Indians closer Chris Perez threw a bullpen session on Friday and is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Sunday. Perez has been on the disabled list since May 27 with right shoulder soreness. The Indians haven't missed Perez; they have gone 16 consecutive games without a save opportunity heading into Friday.

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