Drew Stubbs knew he was taking a chance. Luckily for the Cleveland Indians, his gamble paid off.
Stubbs slid home with the winning run on Jason Kipnis’s fielder’s choice in the ninth inning to give the Indians a 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday night in Cleveland.
‘‘Going on contact is a chance you take, but fortunately, I was able to get under the tag,’’ Stubbs said.
With one out and runners on second and third, Kipnis sent a hard grounder to the right side. First baseman Adam LaRoche made a diving backhanded stop and fired to catcher Kurt Suzuki, but Stubbs beat the throw with a slide.
Stubbs’s one-out single off Fernando Abad (0-1) started the rally. As Stubbs broke off first, Michael Bourn punched a ground ball through the hole that opened when second baseman Steve Lombardozzi went to cover second base. Stubbs advanced to third before Bourn stole second.
Blue Jays 8, Rangers 0 — Mark Buehrle threw seven shutout innings, Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia homered, and Toronto handed host Texas its fourth straight loss.
Buehrle (3-4) improved to 13-5 in his career against the Rangers. The lefthander gave up four singles and equaled his season high with seven strikeouts to pick up his first road win of the year.
Royals 7, Rays 2 — Luis Mendoza pitched six innings to win for the first time in six starts and Elliot Johnson had another big hit against his former team, leading Kansas City past visiting Tampa Bay.
Johnson had a tying triple among his two hits for the Royals, who have won nine of 10. Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore (8-3) gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks in 5⅓ innings with four strikeouts.
Angels 5, Yankees 2 — C.J. Wilson (5-5) pitched seven strong innings and Chris Iannetta had a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth, sending host Los Angeles past New York.
Tigers 4, Twins 0 — Prince Fielder broke open a scoreless game with a two-run double in the sixth inning, the spark that Rick Porcello and Detroit used to beat host Minnesota.
Porcello (4-3) breezed through seven scoreless innings, allowing just two singles and one double without a walk.
Astros 2, White Sox 1 — Erik Bedard pitched six innings of three-hit ball and Jose Altuve hit a go-ahead RBI single to give Houston a win over the visitors.
The White Sox’ Chris Sale (5-5) allowed five hits and no earned runs with a season-high 14 strikeouts in eight innings.
Mariners 3, Athletics 2 — Mike Zunino hit his first career home run, Joe Saunders pitched seven innings of one-run ball, and visiting Seattle beat Oakland.
Giants 6, Braves 0 — Madison Bumgarner allowed two hits in seven innings and combined with Sandy Rosario for a three-hit shutout in San Francisco’s win in Atlanta.
Bumgarner (6-4) did not allow a base runner for 4⅔ innings and lost his shot at a no-hitter in the sixth. Bumgarner matched his season high with 10 strikeouts.
Pirates 3, Dodgers 0 — Jeff Locke allowed just two hits over seven innings and Pittsburgh edged visiting Los Angeles. Locke (6-1) struck out five and walked one to win his sixth straight decision.
Marlins 5, Cardinals 4 — Rookie Jose Fernandez outpitched a rusty Jake Westbrook, and host Miami, with the worst record in baseball, beat major league-best St. Louis.
Cubs 6, Mets 3 — David DeJesus hit a bases-loaded triple before injuring his shoulder when he crashed into the outfield wall, and visiting Chicago beat New York.
Reds 4, Brewers 3 — Jay Bruce homered off Burke Badenhop with one out in the 10th inning, leading host Cincinnati over Milwaukee.
Phillies 8, Rockies 7 — Freddy Galvis hit a pair of two-run triples and scored the go-ahead run on Humberto Quintero’s single, and Philadelphia rallied from a five-run deficit in Denver.
Padres 2, Diamondbacks 1 — Eric Stults threw a two-hitter and Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single in the sixth to give host San Diego a win over the NL West leaders.