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Errors help Indians edge past Giants

July 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Indians' trying trip to the West Coast finally took a fortunate turn. On Monday night, Cleveland capitalized on a pair of ill-timed errors by the Giants, pulling off a 5-3 victory in the opener of a three-game set at AT&T Park.Francisco Lindor led the Tribe with

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Indians' trying trip to the West Coast finally took a fortunate turn. On Monday night, Cleveland capitalized on a pair of ill-timed errors by the Giants, pulling off a 5-3 victory in the opener of a three-game set at AT&T Park.
Francisco Lindor led the Tribe with three hits and two RBIs, helping the Indians swiftly turn the page on being swept over the weekend across the Bay in Oakland.
"It's good to get back to playing our style of baseball and take advantage of those mistakes," Indians starter Josh Tomlin said. "That's kind of what we've done in the past. Everybody was kind of grinding through it, working the counts, trying to get on base and play great defense, taking extra bases and taking advantage of the mistakes. That's huge for us."

Throwing errors by Giants pitcher Matt Moore and first baseman Jae-gyun Hwang paved the way for three Cleveland runs between the fifth and sixth innings, helping the Indians grab the lead for good. Tomlin used the support to his advantage in an efficient outing, in which he allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings.
Moore took the loss after being charged with four runs in seven innings, but only two were earned due to the miscues. The lefty struck out five and walked one in one of his better outings this year. Moore gave up a solo home run to Tribe catcher Yan Gomes (No. 6 on the season) in the third inning.

"It's something to build on because I felt like I was throwing the ball where I wanted to," Moore said. "I felt like I was in control. … It still sucks, but in the end, it's something that's headed in the right direction."
Gorkys Hernandez and Moore each contributed run-scoring hits for the Giants. Brandon Crawford recorded an RBI double in the fourth to extend his extra-base hit streak to five games. In contrast, Eduardo Nunez went 0-for-4 without a walk, snapping his Majors-leading on-base streak of 33 games.

"I haven't talked to him but I need to say congrats on a nice streak," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a shame it got broken tonight because he did hit the ball well."
Moore's miscue: With two outs in the fifth, Moore fielded a chopper back to the mound from Bradley Zimmer, and the pitcher attempted an underhand flip to Hwang at first base. The ball sailed wildy away, allowing Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela to score and Zimmer to sprint to second. Lindor followed with an RBI single, pulling the game into a 3-3 tie.
"I knew he was fast," Moore said. "I could kind of just feel him getting up the line. When I dropped it and went to pick it up, I guess it just felt natural. I can't tell you about a decision-making process. … I knew as soon as I let it go it was too high."

Gio's defensive gem: After a leadoff single by Hernandez in the fifth, Moore squared around for a sacrifice bunt. Urshela charged in hard on the play, running in front of Tomlin to pluck the roller from the grass. Urshela then fired across his body to initiate a spectacular 5-6-4 double play, halting a would-be Giants rally.
"I tell you what, man., that guy can play some 'D,'" Gomes said. "Gio comes up with some plays that you're going to get surprised every time. That was a heck of a play. That was an OK bunt and he took over. It was kind of right to Tomlin and he took over and threw to second. It was definitely a big part of a game." More >

"It's been a tough go. We get home and we want to get off to a good start. To lose like that, sure, it's always tough to lose. You hate to shoot yourself in the foot, which we did." -- Bochy, on his team's miscues
"That was an incredible play. I mean, to get a double play out of that is kind of a game-changer." -- Indians manager Terry Francona, on Urshela's play in the fifth
San Francisco's regular-season sellout streak came to an end Monday. The Giants drew 39,538, ending the streak at 530 games. It was the longest active streak in the Majors, the longest in National League history and second-longest in Major League history. The streak dated back to Oct. 1, 2010, just before the Giants won three World Series titles in five years' time.
"It's a shame we couldn't hang in there to keep this thing going, but the fans certainly did their part," Bochy said. "They hung in there with us. We appreciate it." More >

During the third inning, an overturned out call at the plate led to the Giants' first run of the night. On a double into the left-field corner from Hernandez, Joe Panik hustled from first to home, but was initially called out on a 7-6-2 relay. San Francisco challenged the ruling and replays showed Gomes' tag just missed Panik's foot as he slid into the plate.
"That was a mental mistake on my part," Gomes said. "I usually just grab the ball and put my tag straight down, and I ended up putting it a little bit to the left. I kind of like tagged him, but I kind of tagged him a little bit too deep."

Indians: Right-hander Mike Clevinger (5-3, 3.00 ERA) is scheduled to take the ball for the Tribe in a 10:15 p.m. ET clash with the Giants on Tuesday at AT&T Park. Clevinger has never faced San Francisco, but the righty is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA on the road this year.
Giants: Looking to improve on his 7.71 Interleague ERA, Ty Blach (6-5, 4.60 ERA) takes the mound in San Francisco's 7:15 p.m. PT contest Tuesday. The Giants have won six of Blach's last 10 starts.
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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for based in the Bay Area.