Gomes caps Indians’ wild rally with game-winning single

Cleveland Indians’ Yan Gomes celebrates after hitting a game-winning single off New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances in the 13th inning of Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Friday in Cleveland. Austin Jackson scored on the play. The Indians won 9-8. (AP)
Updated 07 October 2017
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Gomes caps Indians’ wild rally with game-winning single

LOS ANGELES, California: The Cleveland Indians overcame a five-run deficit to edge the New York Yankees 9-8 in a 13-inning marathon to seize a 2-0 lead in their Major League Baseball playoff series.
Yan Gomes applied the dramatic final touches with a run-batted-in single in the bottom of the 13th on Friday, giving the Indians their biggest playoff comeback in history and moving them to one win away from advancing to the American League Championship series.
“I am speechless. That was victory right there,” a shivering Gomes said after being doused with a bucket of ice-cold sports drink. “I will take it every day.”
Game 3 of the best-of-five series is Sunday in New York, giving the players just one day to recover after Friday’s extended showdown in Cleveland that lasted more than five hours.
In other American League action, Carlos Correa smashed a homer and drove in four runs to power Houston over Boston 8-2, pushing the Astros to the brink of advancing to the next round.
Houston seized a 2-0 lead with game three set for Sunday in Boston.
In Cleveland, the Indians’ Austin Jackson led off the bottom of the 13th by drawing a walk from Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances, and then stealing second base.
Gomes then worked the count to 3-2, and hit a hard chopper down the third base line past infielder Ronald Torreyes for the winning run.
“The understatement of the year would be to say there was a lot going on in that game,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “There was so many things that happened that if we don’t do one of them, we probably lose.”
Josh Tomlin, the last of eight Cleveland pitchers, pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.
Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird homered for the Yankees, who squandered an 8-3 lead.
Behind by five runs, the Indians got a grand slam from Francisco Lindor off Chad Green in the sixth inning to cut it to 8-7, and Jay Bruce’s solo home run lead off the eighth and tied it at 8-8.
Cleveland starter Corey Kluber had his worst outing of the year, giving up six runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion had to leave the game in the first inning with a right ankle sprain.
In Houston, the Astros jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning when Jose Altuve smacked a two-out single to left field and Correa homered to left field.
The Red Sox responded in the second inning when Chris Young doubled, stole third base and scored on Jackie Bradley’s single up the middle, slicing the Astros’ lead in half.
Houston stretched the edge to 4-1 in the third when George Springer led off with a solo homer, Alex Bregman followed with a double and scored on an Altuve single to left field, prompting Boston to replace starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz.
Houston surged ahead 8-1 in the sixth before Boston tacked on a run in the ninth.
Elsewhere, Anthony Rizzo had a pair of two-out RBI hits and Kyle Hendricks pitched seven scoreless innings as the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 in game one of the National League division series.
Hendricks allowed two hits, struck out six while throwing 106 pitches.
Washington’s Stephen Strasburg held the Cubs hitless for 5 2/3 innings before allowing a pair of unearned runs in the sixth.
Strasburg allowed three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings.
Kris Bryant ended Strasburg’s no-hit bid with an RBI single that scored Javier Baez, who reached on an error by third baseman Anthony Rendon.
In the late game, Clayton Kershaw recorded the first postseason home win of his career as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 in the opening game of their best-of-five NL series.


Arsenal, Chelsea win in Europa League as Rangers hold Villarreal

Aubameyang opened the scoring in London after 32 minutes of the Group E encounter. (Reuters)
Updated 21 September 2018
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Arsenal, Chelsea win in Europa League as Rangers hold Villarreal

  • I think we played well in the first half and in the beginning of the second as well: Aubameyang
  • Chelsea made a winning start to their Group L campaign as Willian's seventh-minute effort was enough to see off PAOK

PARIS: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal defeated Ukraine's Vorskla Poltava 4-2 in the Europa League on Thursday, while in-form Chelsea began their campaign with a 1-0 win away to PAOK in Greece.
Aubameyang has struggled to hit top gear in the Premier League so far with just one goal in five starts, but the Gabon striker opened the scoring in London after 32 minutes of the Group E encounter.
Danny Welbeck nodded in a second just after half-time and Aubameyang curled in the Gunners' third, with Mesut Ozil also on target before a lapse in concentration saw Vorskla hit back with two late goals.
"I think we played well in the first half and in the beginning of the second as well," Aubameyang told BT Sport.
"We have to improve and try to fight not to concede a goal like we did in the last minute."
Premier League leaders Chelsea made a winning start to their Group L campaign as Willian's seventh-minute effort was enough to see off PAOK at a hostile Toumba Stadium.
Eden Hazard was omitted from the Chelsea squad at his own request due to fatigue, but manager Maurizio Sarri fielded a strong side as the Blues extended their winning run to six games in all competitions.
"We were in control of the match for 90 minutes. We had a lot of opportunities. We missed them and so I'm very happy with the three points, very happy with the performance, but not very happy with the result," said Sarri.
"When it's time to kill the match, we have to kill the match."
Steven Gerrard's Rangers acquitted themselves well on their first appearance in the group stage of a European competition since the 2010-11 Champions League, as they came away with a 2-2 draw against Villarreal.
A disastrous start for the Glasgow side saw Carlos Bacca fire Villarreal ahead inside 60 seconds, but Scott Arfield turned home a cross from Daniel Candeias to level on 67 minutes.
Gerard Moreno put the hosts back in front almost immediately, only for Kyle Lafferty to again hit back for Rangers as Gerrard's men made a solid start in Group G.
Leigh Griffiths hit a late winner for Celtic in a 1-0 home victory over Rosenborg, a team Brendan Rodgers' side knocked out in this season's Champions League qualifying rounds.
Salzburg triumphed in the clash of Red Bulls in the other Group B fixture as Fredrik Gulbrandsen scored a minute from time to give the Austrian club a 3-2 victory over RB Leipzig.
Marseille, last season's runners-up, slumped to a 2-1 home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt in Group H as Luka Jovic grabbed an 89th-minute winner for the reigning German Cup champions.
Lucas Ocampos opened the scoring early for Marseille, who were playing behind closed doors at the Stade Velodrome after numerous crowd incidents last season.
But Lucas Torro levelled on 52 minutes for Eintracht before Jovic's late strike won it.
Dudelange, the first Luxembourg team to play in the Europa League group stage, made seven-time European champions AC Milan work hard for a 1-0 win in Group F.
Luxembourg's Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were in the crowd as Dudelange, who have a dozen non-professional players in their squad, succumbed to a deflected second-half goal by Gonzalo Higuain.
Record five-time winners Sevilla launched their Group J campaign with a 5-1 rout of Standard Liege, as Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder both netted twice for the Spaniards.