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• In the ninth inning of Saturday's 4-3 win over the Marlins, Indians third baseman Mike Aviles fielded a bunt from Adeiny Hechavarria and made a decision that allowed Miami to put runners on first and second base with no outs. Rather than throwing to first base, Aviles looked toward second base for a possible double play, and wound up holding on to the ball.

Indians manager Terry Francona said that second-base umpire Doug Eddings moved into Aviles' line of vision, but the third baseman said that was not the case. Fortunately for Cleveland, closer Chris Perez retired the next three batters to seal the win.

"I don't think the ump got in the way," Aviles said. "It was just a play where I figured if he bunted hard, I could sneak it in at second and get him. I just realized when I came up to throw that it probably would've been a tough play, so I just held on to it. At that point, I'm not going to throw to first."

• Perez allowed one run in the ninth inning on Saturday, but did not let Miami's rally go any further, improving to 10-for-10 in save chances since June 28, when he made his first appearance following a stay on the disabled list. Since rejoining the bullpen, Perez has posted a 1.00 ERA (two earned runs in 18 innings) with a .200 opponents' batting average.

"Since he's come back, he's been really good," Francona said. "He's pitched a lot and he's been down in the zone, for the most part. I've been pretty impressed."

• Drew Stubbs had two stolen bases, but only two plate appearances in Saturday's victory. It marked only the eighth time since at least 1916 that a Cleveland player had at least two stolen bases and no more than two plate appearances in one game. Michael Brantley also accomplished the feat this season on June 23. Prior to this year, the last player to pull that off for the Tribe was Kenny Lofton on April 8, 1994.

• During Saturday's win in Miami, Bourn ended with three stolen bases and three runs scored. Bourn became the first Major League player with at least three thefts and three runs in one game since Juan Pierre did so for the White Sox on Sept. 30, 2010. Bourn is the first Indians player to pull off that feat since Coco Crisp on June 20, 2004.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.