Tom­lin’s out­ing lifts In­di­ans past Giants

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Sports - By Janie McCauley

SAN FRAN­CISCO — In a rare sched­ul­ing perk, the Cleve­land In­di­ans didn’t have to travel far for a much-needed change of scenery af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing week­end dud at Oak­land.

Just a quick jaunt across San Fran­cisco Bay.

Josh Tom­lin struck out five and pitched into the eighth in­ning to win back-to-back starts for the first time this year, and Cleve­land cap­i­tal­ized on two costly er­rors to rally and beat the Giants 5-3 on Mon­day night.

Tom­lin (6-9) al­lowed six hits and three runs without walk­ing a bat­ter in 7 1/3 in­nings. Cleve­land snapped a sea­son­high four-game skid with its first vic­tory against the Giants in the last seven tries.

“It’s good to get back to play­ing our style of base­ball, and tak­ing ad­van­tage of the mis­takes is kind of what we’ve done in the past,” Tom­lin said. “... That’s huge for us.”

Yan Gomes home­red lead­ing off the third for the In­di­ans.

San Fran­cisco starter Matt Moore (3-10) hit an RBI sin­gle in the third be­fore a wild throw did him in, and the Giants dropped their fourth straight home game. Moore be­came the first Giants starter to lose five straight home starts since Ryan Vo­gel­song in 2011.

The left-handed Moore scooped up Bradley Zim­mer’s chop­per in the fifth and made a wild un­der­handed throw — he doesn’t ever re­mem­ber do­ing that to first be­fore — that sailed well over fill-in first base­man Jae-Gyun Hwang, al­low­ing Gio­vanny Ur­shela to come home. Zim­mer then scored on Michael Brant­ley’s ty­ing sin­gle.

Hwang’s throw­ing er­ror cov­er­ing Bran­don Guyer’s sac­ri­fice bunt in the sixth al­lowed the go-ahead run by Jose Ramirez, aboard on a lead­off dou­ble.

“We get home and we want to get off to a good start and win the ball­game and to lose like that, sure, it’s al­ways tough,” man­ager Bruce Bochy said. “And you hate to shoot your­self in the foot, which we did.”

Gorkys Her­nan­dez hit an RBI dou­ble in the third for the Giants, who be­gan a sea­son­long 10-game home­s­tand and play 18 of the next 23 at AT&T Park.

On the play, Joe Panik was ini­tially thrown out at home, but it went to re­play re­view to

de­ter­mine whether Panik’s slid­ing left leg got be­neath the tag by Gomes, the catcher. The call was over­turned in 2 min­utes, 13 sec­onds, and Panik had the ty­ing run on Her­nan­dez’s hit.

Cody Allen fin­ished for his 17th save as Cleve­land im­proved to just 4-11 in in­ter­league. A day af­ter Cleve­land’s bullpen was taxed, Tom­lin set the tone.

“He just has a way about him,” man­ager Terry Fran­cona said. “He com­petes. He al­ways com­petes.”

San Fran­cisco’s Ed­uardo Nunez saw the end of his streak reach­ing base at 33 con­sec­u­tive games.

Sell­out streak — The Giants’ sell­out streak ended at an NL-record 530 games af­ter at­ten­dance was 39,538. The run dated back to 2010, the club’s first World Se­ries ti­tle sea­son here, and was sec­ond only to Bos­ton’s 794.

Health­ier hearts — Last Thurs­day af­ter the All-Star break, Fran­cona re­joined his club in Oak­land fol­low­ing a heart ab­la­tion pro­ce­dure. He looked for­ward to say­ing hello Mon­day to Bochy, who also had the surgery in April to fix his heart rhythm prob­lems.

“I want to see him. I heard he went through the same thing. I want to say hi to him,” Fran­cona said. “I like see­ing Boch.”

Trainer’s room — In­di­ans: CF Austin Jack­son was sched­uled to go through base­ball work Mon­day while re­hab­bing with Triple-A Colum­bus and play in an­other game Tues­day. He has been on the 10-day dis­abled list since June 27 with a strained left quadri­ceps . ... RHP Danny Salazar also is at Triple-A re­cov­er­ing from sore­ness in his pitch­ing shoul­der and came out fine from his six-in­ning out­ing Sun­day. He will re­main with the club over the com­ing days, and the In­di­ans planned to com­mu­ni­cate with him Tues­day about their plans for his next start . ... Af­ter the bullpen was overex­tended with 7 1/3 in­nings of work Sun­day at Oak­land, the In­di­ans op­tioned OF Tyler Naquin to Colum­bus — “He caught the un­for­tu­nate shrap­nel from the move,” Fran­cona said — and re­called LHP Ryan Mer­ritt from Triple-A.

Giants: 1B Bran­don Belt missed his sec­ond straight game af­ter he was scratched a few hours be­fore first pitch in Sun­day’s se­ries fi­nale at San Diego with a sprained left wrist. Belt was hope­ful he’d be in the lineup Tues­day.

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