Yasiel Puig must not have liked what he heard from Indians fans before his second-inning at-bat.
The Dodgers outfielder blasted a two-run opposite-field home run at Progressive Field in Cleveland to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Following a brisk trot around the bases, Puig gave a double middle-finger salute to fans behind the Dodgers dugout.
Yasiel Puig cranks a deep fly ball over the wall in right-center field for his 10th home run of the season, scoring Chris Taylor!!! pic.twitter.com/L2L7uZcuBo
— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) June 13, 2017
Puig finished the 7-5 Dodgers victory by going 2 for 4 with his 10th homer of the season and the two RBIs, and is most certainly facing a fine for the gesture.
Cody Bellinger went yard twice and added a double for the Dodgers, but did not give any one-fingered waves to the fans.
More importantly for the Dodgers, they moved into a tie atop the National League West after the Rockies lost in Pittsburgh for the second straight night.
Tuesday’s MLB scores
Cardinals 6, Brewers 0
Brewers 8, Cardinals 5
Cubs 14, Mets 3
Dodgers 7, Indians 5
Marlins 8, Athletics 1
Rays 8, Blue Jays 1
Pirates 5, Rockies 2
Nationals 10, Braves 5
Diamondbacks 7, Tigers 6
Red Sox 4, Phillies 3, 12 innings
White Sox 6, Orioles 1
Twins 20, Mariners 7
Rangers 4, Astros 2
Padres 6, Reds 2
Royals 8, Giants 1
Angels 3, Yankees 2, 11 innings
Studs of the night
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester became just the eighth active pitcher with 150 career victories as he struck out 10 Mets hitters over seven innings in a 14-3 Cubs victory. Lester allowed just one run on five hits as he joined Jered Weaver, Felix Hernandez, Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, Cubs teammate John Lackey, CC Sabathia and Bartolo Colon as the only active pitchers with at least 150 victories. Lester is now 4-4 this season with a 3.89 ERA and is now 150-88 for his career.
Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar led four Minnesota players with at least four hits as the Twins racked up 28 hits in a 20-7 football-score win over the Mariners. Twins DH Kennys Vargas, catcher Jason Castro and left fielder Eddie Rosario had four hits apiece. Rosario, who entered with five homers on the season, launched a trio of home runs from the ninth spot in the order and had a game-high five RBIs.
Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs in Washington’s 10-5 win over the Braves. With his two homers, Zimmerman has 19 on the season to pass Reds duo Joey Votto and Scott Schebler and Mets outfielder Jay Bruce for the National League lead.
Duds of the night
It was a short night for Mariners pitcher Christian Bergman, who was yanked after giving up nine earned runs on 10 hits, including home runs by Rosario and Twins outfielder Max Kepler, in just 2 2/3 innings.
It was an even shorter outing for Mets starter Zack Wheeler. The 27-year-old right-hander was touched for eight runs on six hits and three walks while recording just five outs in the loss to the Cubs.
White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson led the way in a 6-1 win over the Orioles with a grand slam in the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field.
— MLB (@MLB) June 14, 2017
Andrew Benintendi gave the Red Sox an extra-inning walkoff win over the Phillies for the second straight night. Benintendi, who threw out Howie Kendrick at the plate in the eighth inning, smacked a ground-rule double with two runners in the bottom of the 12th to give the Red Sox a 4-3 win.
— MLB (@MLB) June 14, 2017
Rangers (32-32) at Astros (44-22), 8:10 p.m. ET — The Astros still have the best record in baseball, but it will be the Rangers going for a three-game sweep on Wednesday. As the Astros pitching staff has been hit hard by injuries, they will send Francis Martes (0-0, 9.82 ERA) to the hill for his first MLB start and only second-ever appearance. The Rangers will counter the rookie with eight-year veteran Andrew Cashner (3-5, 3.17), who has already lost twice to the Astros this season.