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July 3, 2014

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The Cleveland Indians turned an unorthodox triple play that required a pair of video reviews, and David Murphy broke out of a 1-for-44 slump with three hits and two RBIs in a 10-3 victory over Los Angeles.

Lonnie Chisenhall started things off for Cleveland with a two-run homer against Josh Beckett (5-5). Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes also drove in two runs apiece for the Indians, held to one hit in back-to-back shutout losses to the Mariners and Dodgers.

The dormant Cleveland lineup finally came out of its shell - so much so that Justin Masterson was all smiles after one of his shortest outings this season.

“The offense was great and the bullpen was great,” Masterson said. “I think we as a team feel very fortunate. We hadn’t been hitting as well as we would have liked to the last few games. And to be able to put up runs like that, I think everyone was really excited.”

This was the Dodgers’ seventh attempt at their first four-game winning streak of the season. They haven’t won more than three in a row since a six-game stretch from Aug. 25 to Sept. 3 last season.

As a result, they got knocked back into second place in the NL West one night after overtaking San Francisco.

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