OAKLAND, California, USA – Franmil Reyes hit his 15th home run of the season, catapulting the ball into a luxury suite behind center field, as the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Saturday night.
Cal Quantrill covered five innings effectively to win his second straight start. Austin Hedges had two hits and the Indians posted their fourth win in the last five games.
The Dominican Reyes found a pitch from JB Wendelken, with a 1-0 count, and sent the ball over the fence of the central forest in the eighth inning. The ball traveled 437 feet, entering through an open window in the suite, where some fans were sitting.
“I felt like I had hit some balls harder. But this one just traveled more than the others,” said Reyes, who had struck out twice and hit a harmless ground ball in his first three at-bats. “But it felt really good to run the bases and hit the home run in a great moment. It was one more run, which extended the lead.
And it was the fourth home run by the Indians’ fourth batter since he came off the disabled list on July 2.
Quantrill (2-2) had five strikeouts and one run. For much of his performance, he had men on the trails.
The right-hander, who started the season in Cleveland’s bullpen, came out of a jam with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning.
Starter Frankie Montas (8-8) took the stumble, in a six-inning task in which he had seven strikeouts, one walk, two runs and six hits.
For the Indians, the Venezuelan César Hernández 5-1 with an produced. The Dominicans Amed Rosario 3-1 with an RBI, José Ramírez 3-1, Reyes 4-1 with a run scored. Colombian Harold Ramírez 4-1.
For the Athletics, the Venezuelan Elvis Andrus 5-0. The Dominican Ramón Laureano 4-0.