Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Wild pitch that wasn't helps Indians top Astros

CLEVELAND — The Indians took advantage of a controversial bases-loaded wild pitch in their 10-7 victory over the Astros on Thursday.

The Indians scored two on the play in the third inning that led to the ejection of Houston manager A.J. Hinch. Replays showed Cleveland's Lonnie Chisenhall fouled off the pitch from David Paulino, but plate umpire and crew chief Jim Joyce stood by his ruling of a wild pitch and Cleveland took a 4-1 lead.

It wasn't a reviewable play.

"We did not have the ball hitting the bat," Joyce said. "Me originally, and then I went to each crew member and asked them the same thing. If any of them had it hitting the bat, I would have turned around and called a foul ball. My partners couldn't help me on it."

Hinch said: "I think everybody in the ballpark saw the play the way it happened except for the four guys on the field.''

In 2010, Joyce was the first-base umpire who incorrectly called a runner safe, denying the Tigers' Armando Galarraga the final out that would have given him a perfect game.

Phillies 4, Nationals 1: Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer and visiting Philadelphia snapped a nine-game losing streak vs. Washington, the longest in franchise history. Alec Asher earned his first major-league victory; he recently returned from an 80-game suspension after a positive drug test.

BRAVES: The first game in Atlanta's new ballpark will be against the Yankees, a March 31 exhibition to close spring training that won't be open to fans who aren't season ticket holders.

NATIONALS: Right-hander Stephen Strasburg has a strained flexor mass in his right elbow, and there is no timetable for his return. The team said the injury is not season ending and the ligament repaired with Tommy John surgery in 2011 is unaffected.

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