- Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Nick Swisher was having a bad day. One swing changed it.

It began Thursday morning when he got stuck in traffic on his way to Progressive Field for the Indians’ 12:05 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Angels, turning a short trip into a 45-minute drive.

Things didn’t get any better once the game started as he was hitless with three strikeouts in his first four times up.

Swisher’s afternoon took a dramatic turn when his two-out grand slam off Ernesto Frieri in the 10th inning gave Cleveland a 5-3 win.

“One at-bat can turn a whole day around,” he said.

Several players and coaches ran into the late-morning traffic jam, which was the talk of the clubhouse before the game.

“I almost called in saying I would be late,” Swisher said. “I was freaking out.”

Swisher 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.

Swisher threw his arms in the air when the ball cleared the wall and was mobbed by his teammates when he reached home plate.

“When I first hit it, I said, all right, that’s a double,” he said. “The next thing you know, it went out. I flipped my bat. I was going crazy.”

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, who heard boos from the crowd earlier in the game, delivered.

“That’s what happens being a baseball player,” he said. “You’ve got to go out there, fighting, grinding, scrapping and know good things are going to happen.”

Swisher’s blast was the ninth walk-off grand slam in the history of Progressive Field, which opened in 1994. It was also the Indians’ sixth walk-off win this season.

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