Anthony Rendon knows how to take advantage of a second chance.
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.
It's easy to see why Rendon was smiling following the good fortune that literally fell his way after his foul popup landed between Swisher and Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis.
Asked if he thought he was going to be out on the play, Rendon laughed and said, ''Yeah. It was a popup. I thought (Swisher) was going to catch it. I thought it was actually going to be fair. That's why I kept running.''
Two pitches after his reprieve, Rendon homered into the Nationals' bullpen off Vinnie Pestano (1-2) to stun the Indians and the crowd of 33,307.
''I guess it's not a bad one to get on the board with,'' Rendon said. ''I don't even know how to explain it.''
Swisher and Kipnis both drifted into foul territory and it appeared either could have made the catch, ...