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CLEVELAND -- Before touching home plate, Mike Aviles slowed down long enough to get splashed in the face with cold water by his teammates. Jim Otto Womens Jersey . Maybe the Indians are waking up just in time. Aviles homered leading off the 11th inning Friday night to give Cleveland a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Aviles, who made two barehanded plays at third base earlier in the game, connected on a 1-2 pitch from Brian Matusz (2-3), driving it onto the home run porch in left field for just Clevelands second run in the past 22-plus innings. The Indians were shut out 1-0 by Arizona in 12 innings on Wednesday night. After rounding third, Aviles was doused by his jubilant teammates, who then embraced him and danced as one up the first-base line. "That would have been a tough one to lose," Indians manager Terry Francona said. The Indians ninth walk-off win -- and second in three games -- allowed them to keep their playoff push going and not waste another strong outing from Corey Kluber, who allowed just one run in 7 2-3 innings and remained unbeaten in eight starts since June. Scott Atchison (6-0) retired all six batters. Kluber struck out 10 and has allowed just four runs in 47 2-3 innings over six second-half starts. He has a 0.76 ERA since July 6. The stoic Kluber, nicknamed "Klubot" by for his passive demeanour, walked one. "Hes so good and he competes," Francona said. "Hes just worked himself into being one of the premier pitchers in baseball. He wants to be the best." Rookie Zach Walters homered off Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen as the Indians won for the fourth time in five games. Blanked until the eighth by Kluber, the Orioles tied it on J.J. Hardys two-out single. After Kluber got two outs, Nelson Cruz singled off the right-hander, who has been on a remarkable run during the seasons second half. Kluber received a standing ovation from Clevelands fans as he walked to the dugout, and he had barely taken a seat when the Orioles evened it against Bryan Shaw. Delmon Young singled and Hardy, who missed the previous four games with a sprained left thumb, also singled, with Cruz scoring ahead of centre fielder Michael Brantleys throw to the plate. Klubers eight double-digit strikeout games this season are the most for an Indians pitcher since Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in 1976. Walters gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with a homer in the fifth off Chen, who allowed only four hits in seven innings. During his brilliant second-half stretch, Kluber has struck out 55 in less than 48 innings, outdueled Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, downed the Tigers and Yankees and carried a perfect game into the seventh at Kansas City on July 24 before getting a no-decision. Kluber hasnt lost since June 30, and that was a 1-0 setback against the Dodgers. GAMESMANSHIP Francona wasnt pleased with how the umpires handled Baltimore manager Buck Showalter contesting that Orioles centre fielder Adam Jones was hit by a pitch in the eighth. Francona felt the delay -- Jones squared to bunt and appeared to get hit in the hand -- may have affected Kluber. After looking at a replay, the umpires determined Jones offered at the pitch. THIS BUDS FOR YOU: Francona had high praise for baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who will be replaced in January by Rob Manfred. Francona has gotten to know Selig over the years and credited him with steering the game through "some tumultuous times." "I cant imagine trying to please 30 owners and 30 teams," Francona said, "especially the way baseball is set up." TRAINERS ROOM Orioles: 3B Manny Machado (sprained right knee) is travelling with the team, but theres no timetable for when his return. Indians: 1B Nick Swisher will have his right knee examined again on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Its possible hell need season-ending surgery, and Swishers injury could explain his lack of production in his second season with Cleveland. UP NEXT Former Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (4-8) faces his ex-teammates for the second time this season. Jimenez went 13-9 for Cleveland last season before signing with Baltimore as a free agent. Hell face RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-4), making his second start since returning to Clevelands rotation. Tim Brown Womens Jersey . The 18-time champions, who havent won the title since 1990, moved two points behind Arsenal after the leaders were stunned 6-3 at Manchester City on Saturday. Defending champion Manchester United trails Arsenal by 10 points after winning 3-0 at Aston Villa to avoid a third successive league loss. Charles Woodson Youth Jersey . According to bodog.ca, Cleveland moved up to grab the best odds to win the Larry OBrian trophy at 4-1 on Friday. By comparison, the Miami Heats odds plummeted from 3-1 favourites before LeBron left, to 50-1.ERIE, Pa. - Connor McDavid scored 53 seconds into overtime as the Erie Otters came from behind to defeat the visiting Guelph Storm 4-3 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. The Otters (18-3-1), trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes, however shorthanded goals from Michael Curtis and Connor Brown brought Erie within one and Spencer Abraham forced extra time with a shorthanded goal at 19:08. Tyler Bertuzzi, Hunter Garlent and Brock McGinn scored for the Storm (16-3-3), who are 11-0-3 in their last 14 contests. Devin Williams made 25 saves as Erie extended its win streak to five games. Guelphs Justin Nichols stopped 37-of-41 shots in defeat. The Otters went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Storm scored once on four chances with the man advantage. --- KNIGHTS 6 BULLS 3 BELLEVILLE, Ont. -- Max Domi and Michael McCarron each scored twice as London doubled up the Bulls. Brett Welychka and Ryan Rupert also scored for the Knights (15-5-2), who are 7-0-1 in their last eight games, while Bo Horvat chipped in with two assists. Cameron Brace, Garrett Hooey and JordanSubban scored Belleville (5-13-4). Jake Patterson started in goal for London but left after the first period. Anthony Stolarz came on in relief and stopped 27 shots for the win. Bulls netminder Charlie Graham allowed six goals on 33 shots. --- SPITFIRES 5 PETES 4 PETERBOROUGH, Ont. -- Josh Ho-Sang scored the winner on the power play at 13:30 of the third period as Windsor handed the Petes their fifth straight defeat. Brady Vail scored once and set up two more for the Spitfires (13-7-0) while Ryan Foss, Slater Koekkoek and Remy Giftopoulos added a goal apiece. Eric Cornel led Peterborough (8-12-3) with a goal and two assists and Josh MacDonald, Jonatan Tanus and Nick Ritchie scored the others. Windsors Alex Fotinos made 30 saves for the win as Michael Giugovaz stopped 33 shots for the Petes. Jim Plunkett Womens Jersey. --- STING 4 WHALERS 2 PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Brodie Barrick turned aside 35 shots as Sarnia toppled the Whalers. Nickolas Latta had a goal and an assist for the Sting (8-14-1) while Anthony DeAngelo, Davis Brown and Nikolay Goldobin each scored once. Zach Lorentz and Connor Sills supplied the offence for Plymouth (9-13-1). Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 24-of-27 shots in a losing cause. --- SPIRIT 2 STEELHEADS 1 SAGINAW, Mich. -- Nikita Serebryakov made 33 saves, including 17 in the third period, as the Spirit slipped past Mississauga. Cody Payne opened the scoring for Saginaw (12-8-2) and Kristoff Kontos scored the eventual winner midway through the second period. Damian Bourne put the Steelheads (12-10-2) on the board 9:27 into the third period. Mississaugas Spencer Martin kicked out 26 shots in defeat. --- COLTS 8 ICEDOGS 2 BARRIE, Ont. -- Erik Bradford scored twice and Justin Scott had a goal and two assists as the Colts crushed Niagara for their sixth win in a row. Alex Yuill and Mitchell Theoret each had a goal and an assist for Barrie (12-8-1) while Aaron Ekblad, Andrew Mangiapane and Zach Hall added single goals. Jordan Maletta and Mack Lemmon scored for the IceDogs (6-13-3), who are on a four-game slide. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 23 shots for the Colts. Niagaras Brent Moran allowed eight goals on 44 shots against. --- GENERALS 4 ATTACK 2 OWEN SOUND, Ont. -- Daniel Altshuller stopped 28 shots through the final two periods and 36 in total as Oshawa defeated the Attack. Scott Laughton scored twice for the Generals (18-4-1), who have won four in a row, and Aidan Wallace and Michael Dal Colle had the others. Owen Sound (10-10-4) got goals from Jaden Lindo and Brayden rose. Brandon Hope turned away 24-of-27 shots for the Attack ' ' '
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