Indians rookie Naquin hits walk-off inside-the-park homer


A day after lifting the Indians with a walk-off sacrifice fly, Cleveland rookie Tyler Naquin was back to his heroic ways to give the team an incredible 3-2 walk-off win in one of the rarest ways possible in MLB on Friday.

Trailing 2-1 to the American League-East leading Toronto Blue Jays entering the bottom of the ninth inning, Cleveland's Jose Ramirez started the rally with a solo homer off closer Roberto Osuna. 

Next up, Naquin hit an inside-the-park walk-off home run to right-centre field for the victory.

Naquin became the second player in Indians history to hit a walk-off inside-the-park homer, joining Braggo Roth in 1916. The 25-year-old is now batting .316/.377/.603 in a season that could end with Rookie of the Year honours. 

Toronto's lead atop the AL East is now down to half a game after the Boston Red Sox crushed the Detroit Tigers 10-2, while the Baltimore Orioles lost 15-8 to the Houston Astros.

The San Francisco Giants reclaimed first place in the National League West with an 8-1 rout of the New York Mets, the New York Yankees blanked the Los Angeles Angels 7-0, the Oakland Athletics shut out the Chicago White Sox 9-0 and the St Louis Cardinals edged the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.

In other results, the Washington Nationals were too good for the Atlanta Braves 7-6, the Cincinnati Reds trumped the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2, the Texas Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2, the Seattle Mariners prevailed 7-6 over the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates fell 6-5 to the Miami Marlins.

The Kansas City Royals overcame the Minnesota Twins 5-4, the Chicago Cubs went down 7-6 to the Colorado Rockies in a marathon, while the San Diego Padres needed 10 innings to see off the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4.



With a complete-game shutout Greg Maddux would be proud of, Oakland's Kendall Graveman used 98 pitches to throw a two-hitter against the White Sox. He struck out five and walked none in the shut-out victory.



Nationals outfielder Ben Revere robbed Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman of a home run.



With a ninth-inning homer from Jedd Gyorko, the Cardinals tied the MLB record for consecutive multi-homer games at nine. 

Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen hit his first career home run and first three RBIs against the Dodgers in his first game back after his dad passed away.



Making another start in the rotation since moving from the bullpen, Miami's David Phelps (6-6, 2.48 ERA) has yet to complete six innings of work. The good news is the right-hander owns a 1.84 ERA in those three outings. He will look to put together a quality start against Chad Kuhl (3-0, 3.73) and the Pirates on Saturday. 

Division leaders square off as Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.84) looks to lower his second-best ERA for the Blue Jays against Josh Tomlin (11-6, 4.14) and the Indians. Sanchez, 22, remains under close surveillance having already thrown a career-high 152 innings this season.