Omar Vizquel hit a two-run, two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning that barely cleared the fence as the Cleveland Indians once again came from behind to win, rallying from five runs to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 11-10, yesterday at Jacobs Field.
While Vizquel, thinking the ball was still in play, sprinted around the bases, the Indians were running toward the plate. Meanwhile, the Reds were bolting toward a fallen Michael Tucker in right.
"When I scored the run I had no idea what happened to the ball," said Vizquel. "I don't know what happened after the guy hit the wall."
"The guy" was Tucker, who seemed to have a line on the ball but ran out of room and crashed hard into the fencing on the Reds' bullpen.
"I thought I had a bead on it," said Tucker. "If I had one more step, who knows?"
Cleveland trailed, 9-4, in the fifth before posting its 34th come-from-behind win. The Indians, who have twice overcome eight-run deficits this year, have won 13 times in their final at-bat -- 10 times at home.
METS 9, YANKEES 8: Maybe the New York Mets finally have caught up with the Yankees, at least when it comes to drama.
Pinch hitter Matt Franco hit a two-out, two-run single off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning as the Mets came back from deficits three times and overcame six home runs to beat their crosstown rival at Shea Stadium.
"To say this is another win is not true," Franco said. "Everybody knows this is not another three-game series before the all-star break."
The Yankees had won 124 consecutive games when they led entering the ninth, but Mariano Rivera (2-2) blew a save chance for the third time in 25 chances.
BRAVES 2, RED SOX 1: Brian Hunter made up his mind. No matter what, he was going to bunt -- even with two strikes.
Andruw Jones scored all the way from first base in the 11th inning when pitcher John Wasdin threw away Hunter's sacrifice bunt, giving Atlanta the win at home.
"I was bunting on my own," said Hunter, who had the bunt sign until the count went to 0-2, then he said Manager Bobby Cox took it off.
"I didn't really disobey orders. It helped us win and it was better than swinging and hitting into a double play," said Hunter.
CUBS 10, WHITE SOX 2: Forget the season sweep. Jon Lieber supplied strong pitching, and Jose Hernandez and Glenallen Hill provided the power as the visiting Cubs finally beat their crosstown rivals.
The White Sox won the first four meetings in the spirited interleague matchup, including a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field last month that sent the Cubs nose-diving into last place.
"The last series in Wrigley, we were embarrassed," said Lieber (8-3), who had a shutout until the eighth. "I thought about it all last night, and I took it out to the mound."
ATHLETICS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 0: Randy Johnson failed to get any offensive help for the fourth consecutive start as rookie Tim Hudson and Billy Taylor combined on a three-hitter, leading Oakland on the road.
Johnson struck out 11 and allowed three hits in seven innings but left the game trailing 2-0. Arizona hasn't scored a run in the last 34 innings Johnson has been on the mound.
GIANTS 4, CARDINALS 2: Russ Ortiz pitched two-hit ball for 8 2/3 innings, surviving solo home runs by Mark McGwire and Fernando Tatis, and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts as San Francisco won at home.
McGwire hit his 485th career homer and scored his 1,000th career run. He also drew a two-out walk in the ninth, and John Johnstone relieved and struck out Tatis for his second save.
TIGERS 9, BREWERS 3: Justin Thompson allowed five hits in eight innings, and Bobby Higginson had three hits and two RBI as Detroit rolled at home.
"I felt as the game went on, I got stronger," Thompson said. "That's a great feeling, because I've kind of faded out a lot of times. But I had a feeling of confidence."
DEVIL RAYS 9, MARLINS 8: Fred McGriff went 4 for 5 with a double, triple and four RBI, and Tampa Bay allowed five runs in the ninth inning before hanging on for the road win.
McGriff had an RBI double in the fourth, a two-run triple in the fifth and an RBI single in the eighth for the Devil Rays, who had lost the first four games to the Marlins this season.
BLUE JAYS 7, EXPOS 6: Carlos Delgado hit a three-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning in Montreal.
With runners at second and third, Delgado hit a one-out grounder to first baseman Ryan McGuire, who made a dive to his right to field the ball. But McGuire could only get an out at first as a run scored.
PADRES 5, RANGERS 4: Eric Owens singled home the tying run with two outs in the ninth inning, and the winning run scored on the play when Texas reliever John Wetteland missed a throw, lifting San Diego at home.
Wetteland (2-3), trying for his major league-leading 27th save, blew his fifth save chance.
ANGELS 9, ROCKIES 3: Troy Glaus and Garret Anderson homered for the second straight game, and Omar Olivares pitched eight strong innings to lead Anaheim at Coors Field.
The Angels rebounded from a 3-2 deficit with four runs in the fourth, two more in the fifth and one in the sixth to equal a season high with their fourth straight win.
TWINS 5, PIRATES 4: Pinch hitters Terry Steinbach and Ron Coomer hit RBI singles with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Minnesota. The Twins had been 0-45 when trailing after eight innings.
DODGERS 2, MARINERS 1: Adrian Beltre drove home Devon White with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kevin Brown pitched eight innings, giving up two hits and one run.
ASTROS 3, ROYALS 2: Jack Howell hit his first home run in more than a year, and Mike Hampton won his 11th game as visiting Houston worked out of jams in the final two innings.