Rendon's HR in 9th gives Nats 7-6 win over Indians

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Associated Press

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 16 at 12:00 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Anthony Rendon hit his first major league home run following Nick Swisher's ninth-inning error to propel the Washington Nationals to a 7-6 win over Cleveland on Saturday night.

Two pitches after his foul popup fell between the Indians' first baseman and second baseman Jason Kipnis, Rendon homered into the Nationals' bullpen off Vinnie Pestano (1-2) to stun the Indians and the crowd of 33,307.

Swisher and Kipnis both drifted into foul territory and it appeared either could have made the catch, but neither player appeared to call for it and the ball fell to the ground. Swisher was charged with the error.

Drew Storen (1-1) pitched the eighth for the win while Rafael Soriano worked the ninth for his 18th save. Mike Aviles doubled with two outs, but first baseman Adam LaRoche made a leaping catch of Michael Bourn's line drive to end the game.

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