Cubs' Bryant ends pitching duel with walk-off homer
(The Sports Xchange) - Chicago Cubs' third baseman Kris Bryant ended a pitching duel when he stroked a walk-off solo home run to right field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
"I knew I was going to get an at-bat there and I made the most of it," said Bryant, whose 20th home run of the season was also his second career walk-off blast.
"I saw it really good out of the hand (of Indians reliever Zach McAllister) and got it up in the wind."
Cubs left-handed starter Jon Lester had been one out away from a 1-0 shutout win but gave up a run-scoring single to Indians first baseman Carlos Santana in the top of the ninth.
"You go all that way and need one more out and you give up a run, but we put ourselves in that situation," Lester said. "But obviously K.B. picking us up there was huge."
Indians starter Corey Kluber was nearly as effective as he threw six shutout innings before allowing a run in the seventh.
Cubs right-handed reliever Hector Rondon (5-3) worked 1/3 inning for the victory while the Indians' McAllister (3-4) pitched 2/3 inning and took the loss.
The victory was the fifth successive win for Chicago (72-52) and moved the Cubs a season-best 21 games above .500. Cleveland (58-66) have dropped two of its last three.
Kluber won the 2014 Cy Young Award with the Indians while Lester, a 16-game winner with two teams last year, was an offseason signing by the Cubs. Continued...