Puig's homer Tuesday was the 10th of the season, as the 2014 all-star attempts to bounce back from a disappointing pair of seasons that saw him deal with injuries, struggle at the plate, get sent to the minors and earn a reputation as something of a head case.
"It's obviously a huge play", Francona said. "Thank God, we're in Cleveland and not LA, because that doesn't go out at home".
Tuesday's long ball was the first of the month for the Cuban outfielder, who is hitting.239 with 10 homers and 33 RBI on the year. "I think he's been so good, like incredibly good, that when he gives up a run everybody's (shocked), but he'll be fine". Zimmer himself hit, then he used his wizard powers to cause a strikeout to get by the Dodgers catcher and keep everything alive with two outs.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he didn't see the gesture and asked jokingly, "Are you sure it wasn't No. 1 he was signaling?" They have moved into first place in the NL West and have the best winning percentage (.621) in the National League. Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his for his 13th save and second of the series as the Dodgers won their sixth straight. "For us to be talking about obscene gestures - I don't want to do it and I know he doesn't want to do it either".
The three-time Cy Young Award victor yielded six hits, struck out four and walked two while throwing 101 pitches. In 12 starts this year, Bauer is 5-5 with a 6.10 ERA.
Kluber retired the first four batters he faced, but with one out in the second inning, Grandal drew a walk. Los Angeles is 4-0 all-time at Progressive Field and 24-9 this season when playing outside their division. Bauer's 2017 season has mirrored his career overall.
Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin is tied for the major league lead with eight losses to go with three wins.
Robertson lifted a three-run bomb to left field in the ninth, but his first career home run was too little, too late. Hernandez pumped his fist as he rounded first base after his homer gave Los Angeles a 3-2 lead. The Indians are one of Hill's former teams.
Thanks to Daniel Robertson they nearly did, though, because after Bradley Zimmer finally made an appearance in the game, things started to miraculously happen.
They have a losing record at Progressive Field (14-16). In 28 appearances, he is 3-1 with a 0.55 ERA.