Double play? More like no outs -- and two runs!

May 16th, 2019

Bases loaded, one out in the bottom of the seventh, a two-hop grounder to second base. Looks like a 4-6-3 twin killing to end the inning, doesn't it?

Not quite, thanks to the quick thinking of and the hustle of three other Indians involved in a play that ended with no outs recorded, two runs scored and two men still on base on a ball that barely reached the infield dirt.

Already with a career-high-tying four RBIs (on his first two home runs of the season) in Thursday night's 14-7 Indians win over the Orioles at Progressive Field, Cleveland second baseman stepped to the plate with a chance to expand what was then a 9-7 advantage for the Tribe. He swung at the first offering from Baltimore left-hander Richard Bleier -- brought into the game to face Kipnis -- and grounded toward second base.

The Orioles' Hanser Alberto charged the ball and fielded it in the baseline. He turned toward Lindor, who stopped dead in his tracks and retreated toward first base. Alberto gave chase, but just before reaching Lindor, he threw to first -- only it was too late to get Kipnis.

In the meantime, , who started on third base, had already scored, and , who was on second, rounded third and was sprinting toward the plate. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who had started chasing Lindor toward second, turned and threw home, but it was too late to retire Martin.

"[Lindor] helped me, absolutely," Kipnis said. "His athleticism kept me in the play and the awareness of the guys, [third-base coach Mike] Sarbaugh and Leo, whoever was running at third, to keep going and get two runs out of a play like that, a ball that never left the infield, I think is a heads-up play all around."

The scoring? A fielder's choice and two RBIs for Kipnis, giving him a career-high six. And he was safe at first, with Lindor standing on second. The two runs were the first of a five-run inning that broke open the game.

"I actually was very curious how they were going to score that," Kipnis said. "I even argued for a second it should be a hit. Like a fielder's choice, I was like, 'He threw to first. He chose to go after me and I was safe,' so I could rationalize it in any way, but I think they got it right."