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Jason Kipnis’s run-scoring fielder’s choice in the ninth inning lifted the Indians to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night in Cleveland.
With one out and runners on second and third, Kipnis drilled a hard ground ball to the right side. First baseman Adam LaRoche made a diving backhanded stop and fired a throw to catcher Kurt Suzuki, but Drew Stubbs slid in with the winning run.
Stubbs’s one-out single off Fernando Abad (0-1) started the rally before the Indians executed a perfect hit-and-run play. As Stubbs broke off first, Michael Bourn punched a ground ball through the hole that opened when second baseman Steve Lombardozzi went to cover second base. Stubbs advanced to third.