Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.
Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. But Ryan Johansen and Dubinsky each had a goal and an assist and Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus, making only its second postseason trip.
Simon, Bruce lead Reds past Pirates 5-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control, Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Wednesday night.
Simon (3-1) worked 6 2-3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four. Simon has pitched at least six innings in each of his four starts this season as a replacement for the injured Mat Latos. Simon pitched exclusively in relief the previous two years.
Bruce had two hits and knocked in the final run of the decisive three-run fifth inning against Charlie Morton (0-3) that gave the Reds a 4-2 lead. Billy Hamilton also had two hits for Cincinnati, which has won seven of 10 games since a 3-7 start.
Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth inning, despite allowing two hits, for his third save.
Indians trip Royals 5-3
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Kipnis ripped his double off Kelvin Herrera (0-1) into the gap in right-center, deep enough to easily score Swisher, who reached on a two-out single. The Indians tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall's bloop RBI single.
Bryan Shaw (1-0) finished the seventh and got one out in the eighth. Cody Allen retired two, and John Axford worked the ninth for his AL-leading eighth save.
Michael Bourn had three hits and two RBIs for the Indians.
Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit back-to-back homers in the second for Kansas City.
Indians don't think Salazar is tipping pitches
CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians manager Terry Francona doesn't believe struggling starter Danny Salazar is tipping his pitches.
Salazar (0-3) brought up the possibility he was giving away his pitches following Monday night's loss to Kansas City. The right-hander was chased in the fifth inning, dropping him to 1-7 in 14 starts since he won his major league debut in July.
Francona said he was suprised to hear Salazar's comments and doesn't think Salazar is doing anything other than leaving some pitches over the plate.
Salazar began last season in Double-A but soared through Cleveland's system and started the AL wild-card game against Tampa Bay. He has been dominant at times this season but struggled the second time through a batting order.
Francona said the Indians have no plans to demote Salazar, who held the Royals without a hit through three innings before giving up a three-run homer to Mike Moustakas in the fourth.
Royals coach has surgery on broken arm
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kansas City Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz had surgery on his broken left arm, an injury he sustained when he was hit by a line drive during pregame batting practice.
Kuntz had the operation Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic. He was struck before Monday's series opener by a ball off the bat of Salvador Perez.
Kuntz was standing behind a protective net in shallow center field when he was hit. Kuntz was able to poke fun at himself afterward, saying it was the first time he had broken a bone.
He was replaced for the past two games at first by coach Mike Jirschele, who is expected to fill in while Kuntz recovers.
The 59-year-old Kuntz is in the third year of his second stint with the Royals. He played in the majors for the White Sox, Twins and Tigers.
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