- Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Nick Swisher’s two-out grand slam off Ernesto Frieri in the 10th inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

Swisher had gone 0 for 4 with three strikeouts before he belted a 1-2 pitch into the right-field seats to cap an improbable comeback after Albert Pujols’ two-run single put the Angels ahead in the top of the inning.

Pujols’ single with two outs gave the Angels a 3-1 lead, but the Indians responded off rookie Cam Bedrosian (0-1). Michael Bourn drew a leadoff walk and took third on Jason Kipnis’ one-out double. Carlos Santana walked to load the bases and Frieri replaced Bedrosian. David Murphy flied out before Swisher rallied the Indians.

Kyle Crockett (1-0) retired the final hitter in the 10th for his first major league win.


TIGERS 2, ROYALS 1

DETROIT (AP) - Anibal Sanchez pitched seven sharp innings, and the Detroit Tigers ended Kansas City’s 10-game winning streak.

J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth for the Tigers, who avoided a four-game sweep and pulled within a half-game of the AL Central-leading Royals. Sanchez (4-2) allowed five hits and a walk, keeping the Kansas City offense quiet even though he failed to strike out a batter.

Joba Chamberlain pitched the eighth, and struggling closer Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth for his 14th save in 18 chances.

Danny Duffy (4-6) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.

PIRATES 4, REDS 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Russell Martin drew a bases-loaded walk from Tony Cingrani with two outs in the 12th inning to avoid a three-game sweep.

Devin Mesoraco hit a solo homer off Pirates closer Jason Grilli with one out in the ninth, tying it at 3.

In the Pittsburgh 12th, Gaby Sanchez singled with one out and moved up on a balk by Cingrani (2-8). Josh Harrison was intentionally walked and Clint Barmes was hit by a pitch with two outs, loading the bases.

Martin drew his walk-off walk on a 3-1 pitch. Normally a starter, Cingrani was Cincinnati’s seventh pitcher of the game.

Justin Wilson (2-0) retired the Reds in order in the top of the 12th.

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