Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

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Here are 16 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians' 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Jun 13, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) reacts to fans behind home plate after hitting a two-run home run in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Puig rounded the bases after his shot to right-center field gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead, then celebrated briefly with teammates. Francona guided the Indians to their first World Series appearance since 1997 a year ago.

Puig said at the time he would pay whatever fine Major League Baseball deemed appropriate.

The Indians sputtered through the first five innings, managing only a hit - a two-out double in the first from Michael Brantley - off Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy. Benintendi, who threw out Howie Kendrick at the plate in the eighth inning, smacked a ground-rule double with two runners in the bottom of the 12th to give the Red Sox a 4-3 win.

With two outs, Joc Pederson grounded a ball to third base that Jose Ramirez had to quickly gather to try to make it a close play, but he couldn't get a handle on it, putting the Dodgers up 1-0. It was the first response run given up by Cleveland's bullpen this season and marked the second time in as many games that Miller allowed a go-ahead home run. "I wasn't getting to pitches I usually do", Gonzalez said.

The Indians' backup catcher came into the game batting.139 without a home run this season. Bellinger drilled the 2-and-1 offering for his tie-breaking home run. Kluber did not factor in the decision, allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts over seven innings.

Puig made the gesture following Puig's home run in the top of the second inning against the Cleveland Indians. It was just a pretty poor at-bat. "It's a credit to him that when he doesn't have his best stuff he was still able to keep us in the game", Roberts said. It's pretty easy to look back to see where I was.

"He is one of the best in the game", Robertson said.

This will be Kluber's third start since spending most of the month of May on the disabled list with tightness in his lower back. An MRI on Monday revealed the five-time All-Star has a herniated disk.

Jordan Zimmermann (5-5) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings.

The San Francisco Giants were beaten 8-1 by the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels edged the New York Yankees 3-2 after 11 innings.

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