NIghtly 9: Kluber strikes out 18 in victory; Taylor gets game-winning grand slam for Nats in ninth

Baseball Each night we'll provide you with the nine top story lines from the day's action, beginning with the stars of the day, and look ahead to the next day's matchups.Indians ace Corey Kluber took the mound Wednesday evening and made a strong Cardinals lineup look like the Bad News Bears. The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner struck out 18 batters and held the Cards hitless through 6 2/3 innings, before yielding a single to Jhonny Peralta. MORE: Fantasy rankings and sleepers for Thursday | Buy/sell options | Mock DraftWhile Indians fans were undoubtedly hoping for Kluber to come out and mow down the side in the ninth to break the all-time strikeout record of 20, he'd already thrown 113 pitches on a cool evening. The Indians played it safe and turned the ball over to closer Cody Allen, who picked up his fifth save in the 2-0 victory. Kluber's performance came as a relief to Cleveland, which had seen its ace open the season 0-5 with a 5.04 ERA. Meanwhile, in Washington, rookie Michael Taylor, who entered the game for the Nationals in the seventh inning after Bryce Harper's ejection, crushed a grand slam in the top of the ninth to power the Nats to a 9-6 victory. Wednesday's final game ended on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Albert Pujols to give the Angels a walkoff win over the Rockies in 11 innings. More highlights from Wednesday games:Impact playersC —  Buster Posey, Giants: OK, so Posey was the DH in this game, but in an otherwise quiet offensive night for catchers, we'll stick him here. Posey went 3 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs. 1B — Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks: The slugger posted a 3-for-4 performance in a losing cause, with a double, triple, two runs and an RBI.2B — Dee Gordon, Marlins: Miami's leadoff man went 4 for 5, including a pair of doubles and two runs scored, in a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers.SS —  Freddy Galvis, Phillies: The Phillies haven't had much to cheer about this season, but Galvis has been a bright spot with a .384 OBP. He went 2 for 3, walked and drove in the decisive run in a 3-2 win against the Pirates.3B — Todd Frazier, Reds: Frazier went 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs in Cincinnati's 5-1 win over Atlanta.OF — Torii Hunter, Twins: The right fielder went 1 for 3 with a home run, two runs, and two walks.DH — Prince Fielder, Rangers: The slugger went 3 for 4, highlighted by a two-run homer off Yordano Ventura, to key a 5-2 win over the Royals. He's now just eight homers away from 300 in his career.SP — Raisel Iglesias, Reds: Kluber's 18-strikeout performance against the Cards dominated headlines Wednesday, but we have to give a major shout out to Reds rookie Iglesias. The 24-year-old Cuban right-hander no-hit the Braves for six innings and carried a shutout into the eighth inning. He allowed only one run, two hits and three walks in eight innings in earning his first career victory in a 5-1 win at Great American Ball Park.Key injuriesRockies manager Walt Weiss missed Wednesday night's game, after going to the hospital with stomach discomfort. Coach Tom Runnells managed the Rockies in his absence.#Rockies Manager Walt Weiss underwent an appendectomy this evening. Details:— #VoteRox (@Rockies) May 14, 2015The Rays on Wednesday confirmed that pitcher Drew Smyly has a torn labrum. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list. reported Smyly is seeking a second opinion and must decide between surgery, which would end his season, or rehab, in which case he could possibly return in September.Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes, on the DL since April 28 with a cracked rib, took batting practice Wednesday. "I felt good … It wasn't painful, so I felt good," he told reporters. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has said Reyes will likely need a brief rehab assignment before returning to the lineup.Surprise performersGood: Who saw this one coming? Michael Taylor, a mid-game replacement, crushed a grand slam to the deepest part of Chase Field in the ninth inning to lead the Nationals past the Diamondbacks.Bad: Rangers left fielder Carlos Peguero earned the dreaded Golden Sombrero, going 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in a 5-4 win over Kansas City.Web gemsPhillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur makes the catch in foul territory in the ninth inning, then guns down the Pirates' Steve Lombardozzi Jr. for a ga

me-ending double play that preserves a 3-2 Phils victory: The Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton can do more than blast tape-measure dingers, as he shows with this diving catch: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart plays the outfield to make this spectacular catch:The term “infielder” is merely a suggestion.— GIFS (@GIFs) May 14, 2015Facts of the dayAthletics outfielder Coco Crisp, who began this season in an 0-for-26 slump, and was mired in an 0-for-39 skid dating to last season, reached base on an infield single against the Red Sox on Wednesday. He proceeded to take mock bows.Kluber's 18 strikeouts against the Cardinals on Wednesday were just two away from tying the record for a nine-inning game of 20 shared by Randy Johnson (who did it in 2001), Kerry Wood (1998) and Roger Clemens (1986 and 1996). But they weren't even an Indians record. Luis Tiant fanned 19 batters, albeit in a 10-inning game, in 1968. The legendary Bob Feller struck out 18 in a 1938 game. However, Kluber's 18 Ks were the most in an game since Brewer pitcher Ben Sheets set down 18 Braves on May 16, 2004.Jonathan Papelbon became the Phillies' all-time saves leader with No. 113 on Wednesday. He was already the Red Sox's all-time saves leader (219). That makes him the second pitcher in history to be the saves leader for two different franchises. Robb Nen holds that distinction for the Giants and the Marlins.Reactions“Of course I want to be up there in that situation, but Mike … I guess I owe him a steak dinner." — Harper, on his replacement, Taylor. Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter, after Kluber struck out 18 Cards: "I think we got a taste of why he won the Cy Young last year. His numbers this season don't reflect how good of a pitcher he is. He was as good, if not better, than anybody I've ever faced in the big leagues."Off the fieldIt was inevitable: The White Sox have added Carlos Rodon to their rotation, in a story first reported by the Chicago Tribune. The 22-year-old left-hander has a 2.92 ERA in 12 1/3 innings since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte last month. He picked up a win against the Reds in his first career start Saturday, and will make his next start Friday at Oakland.Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada appeared on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday to talk about his new book, "The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes." Posada raised some eyebrows when asked about performance-enhancing drugs and, specifically, whether former Yanks teammate Alex Rodriguez belongs in the Hall of Fame. “I don't think it's fair. I really don't," he said. "I think the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy."The Angels signed closer Huston Street to a two-year extension through 2017, with an option for 2018. The guaranteed $18 million deal includes a $1 million buyout.ScoresAmerican LeagueRed Sox 2, Athletics 0Rays 3, Yankees 2Orioles 6, Blue Jays 1Rangers 5, Royals 2Twins 6, Tigers 2 National LeagueNationals 9, Diamondbacks 6Phillies 3, Pirates 2Reds 5, Braves 1Cubs 2, Mets 1Marlins 5, Dodgers 4InterleagueIndians 2, Cardinals 0White Sox 4, Brewers 2Astros 4, Giants 3Padres 4, Mariners 2Angels 2, Rockies 1, 11 inningsA Look aheadThe three best games Thursday (all times Eastern):Cardinals (23-10) at Indians (12-20), 12:10 p.m.: Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha has been a pleasant surprise for St. Louis, which is still reeling from the season-ending injury to ace starter Adam Wainwright. The 23-year-old Wacha is off to a 5-0 start, with a 2.09 ERA and stingy 1.03 WHIP. He will look to remain unbeaten as the Indians counter with Trevor Bauer, who has a 4.19 ERA in six starts.Mets (20-14) at Cubs (18-15), 2:20 p.m.: The Cubs will go for a four-game sweep at Wrigley Field. Chicago will have Travis Wood (2-2, 4.96 ERA) opposing Jon Niese (3-2, 1.95). The Mets pitcher will try to stop a Cubs offense that appears to be running on all cylinders. Giants (17-17) at Reds (17-17), 7:10 p.m.: Don't look for much offense here. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum meets the Reds' Johnny Cueto. Lincecum has logged 15 consecutive shutout innings dating to an April 27 loss to the Dodgers. Cueto has an 0.88 WHIP in seven starts this year.Perform Media's Ron Clements contributed to this report.