Brad Hand’s sublime season came to a stunning end.
Hunter Dozier’s grand slam capped Kansas City’s five-run rally in the ninth inning off Hand, Cleveland’s previously perfect All-Star closer, as the Royals rallied to beat the Indians 8-6 on Tuesday night.
Hand (4-3) had been 22-for-22 in save chances and will likely represent the Indians when they host the All-Star Game at Progressive Field next month.
But the left-hander did not record an out against the Royals, who entered the ninth inning down 6-3 before storming back.
“It was a fun comeback,” said Royals manager Ned Yost. “It was an uplifting comeback. We always come to this place and it’s just a handful for us here in Cleveland — every time, I don’t know why.”
The Royals had been 0-42 when trailing after eight innings.
Hand looked shaky from the outset, and was pulled after allowing five hits in just 13 pitches.
“He just proved he’s human,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He had been pretty much flawless. It hurts to lose a game, but to expect somebody to never give up runs is not realistic.”
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2: Enrique Hernandez hit his sixth career leadoff home run, Justin Turner added a solo shot and visiting Los Angeles beat Arizona. The Dodgers, winners of seven of eight, lead second-place Colorado by 13 games in the NL West.
Angels 5, Reds 1: Rookie Luis Rengifo hit a three-run homer in the second inning to break a 1-1 tie, and host Los Angeles handed Cincinnati a third straight loss. Joey Votto homered for the Reds.
Phillies 7, Mets 5: Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead two-run homer for the second straight game, and host Philadelphia earned its second straight win since losing seven in a row. Brad Miller, Scott Kingery and Rhys Hoskins also connected for Philadelphia.
Padres 8, Orioles 3: Manny Machado marked his return to Camden Yards with a performance reminiscent of his time with the Orioles, hitting a long homer and driving in two runs to help San Diego beat Baltimore.
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3: DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back homers to begin the bottom of the first inning, giving host New York a major league-record 28 straight games with a long ball, and the Yankees held off Toronto.
Red Sox 6, White Sox 3: Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run homer, David Price struck out nine and Boston won on a rainy night at Fenway Park. Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson sprained his right ankle on a fielding play in the fifth inning and was carried off the field on the shoulders of manager Rick Renteria and a trainer.
Rangers 5, Tigers 3: Former A’s pitcher Jesse Chavez lasted into the seventh inning in his longest outing in over two years, and Texas handed Detroit its 18th loss in its past 20 home games.
Nationals 6, Marlins 1: Max Scherzer struck out 10 in eight innings and won his fifth straight start, leading visiting Washington over Miami. The three-time Cy Young Award winner also had two hits and scored twice.
Braves 3, Cubs 2: Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuña Jr. homered, Acuña on the game’s first pitch, Max Fried pitched six innings of two-hit ball and visiting Atlanta beat Chicago.
Astros 5, Pirates 1: Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman homered to back up a solid start by Gerrit Cole in his first meeting against his former team, and host Houston defeated Pittsburgh.
Mariners 8, Brewers 3: Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run homer to lift visiting Seattle over Milwaukee for its first interleague win in five tries this season.
Twins 9, Rays 4: Eddie Rosario had four hits, Willians Astudillo added three and host Minnesota added to Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell’s woes; he’s won once in his past nine starts.
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