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MLB: Michael Brantley lifts Indians past Twins in 9th

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley hits a game-winning RBI-single off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Addison Reed in the ninth inning of a baseball game, on Aug. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Michael Brantley's ninth-inning single gave the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over Minnesota on Thursday, their second straight walk-off victory over the Twins.

Brantley grounded a 2-1 pitch off Addison Reed (1-6) past the diving Miguel Sano at first base to score Greg Allen. Francisco Lindor's three-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday gave Cleveland a 5-2 victory. Brantley's hit set off another celebration as he was mobbed by his teammates.

Allen started the rally with a single off Reed and stole second with Lindor batting. Lindor's groundout to first moved Allen to third.

Andrew Miller (2-3) struck out a batter in the ninth. The left-hander made his fourth appearance since missing two months because of an inflamed right knee.

Minnesota rallied from a 4-0 deficit against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. Jake Cave's fifth-inning sacrifice fly scored a run before Jorge Polanco hit first home run of the season -- a three-run shot in the sixth -- to tie the game. Polanco missed the first 80 games of the season because of a suspension for violating baseball's drug program.

PADRES 8, BREWERS 4

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Hunter Renfroe hit a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning, his fourth straight game with a home run, and San Diego rallied to beat Milwaukee.

Down 4-2 entering the ninth, San Diego came back against relievers Corey Knebel and Joakim Soria.

Knebel (2-3) walked the bases loaded and allowed a run-scoring infield single to Travis Jankowski before Soria entered to try to escape the jam. Soria retired Eric Hosmer before Renfroe hammered a 1-2 pitch deep into the left-field bleachers for his grand slam. Renfroe became the first Padres player to hit home runs and have multiple RBI games in four consecutive games.

Franmil Reyes added a solo homer to right off Jacob Barnes to cap the Padres' six-run rally. Kirby Yates (4-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory and Craig Stammen closed it with a scoreless ninth.

NATIONALS 6, BRAVES 3

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings for his first victory since May 28 to help Washington split a four-game series with Atlanta.

Gonzalez (7-8) snapped a personal seven-game losing streak and had gone 11 consecutive starts without a victory. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out three. Nick Markakis' solo homer to lead off the second was the lone run he allowed.

Ronald Acuna Jr. homered for Atlanta. Wes Parsons (0-1) was the loser.

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper was scratched from the lineup with right knee soreness. Atlanta reliever Dan Winkler hit Harper just below the right knee in the seventh inning Wednesday night.

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