Balk Hands Indians Dramatic Victory in 13
CLEVELAND (AP) – After 475 pitches, 20 runs and more than five hours of baseball, the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers settled this lengthy game in a most bizarre fashion: a walkoff balk.
Al Alburquerque’s bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning Wednesday gave the Indians an 11-10 victory over Detroit.
“I don’t even know where to start with that game,” Indians right-fielder David Murphy said. “I don’t know if that was a baseball game or a marathon combined with a circus.”
Murphy tied the game that took 5 hours, 16 minutes in the ninth with a two-run homer off Joe Nathan
Alex Avila’s two-out homer in the top of the 13th put Detroit ahead, but the Indians scored twice for their second walkoff win in the three-game sweep.
Mike Aviles led off with a single against Phil Coke (0-1) and took second on Michael Bourn’s sacrifice. After Asdrubal Cabrera was hit by a pitch, Michael Brantley lined a single to left for his fourth hit that scored Aviles, who slid home before Rajai Davis’ throw.
After a groundout, Alburquerque relieved and pinch-hitter Yan Gomes was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ryan Raburn took the first pitch for a ball. As Alburquerque went into his set position, he appeared to move his leg and glove and then stopped.
Indians manager Terry Francona couldn’t remember a game ending on a balk, but he knew Alburquerque committed one.
“It was definitely a balk,” he said. “If they hadn’t have called it we would have went out there and argued.”
The Tigers put up no argument.
“He just went to come set and he stopped and it was pretty blatant,” Avila said. “There wasn’t any controversy about that one.”
Rangers 4, Mariners 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Nick Tepesch won for the first time in more than 10 months, Shin-Soo Choo hit a tie-breaking home run, and Texas defeated Seattle.
Choo led off the fifth with his homer into the bullpen in left-center. Joakim Soria pitched a perfect inning for his eighth save.
Tepesch (1-0) went 6 1-3 innings for his first win since last July 5. He allowed five hits and two walks.
Texas scored three runs in the first inning against former Rangers right-hander Chris Young (3-2). Elvis Andrus hit a two-run homer for the Rangers.
Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 4
BOSTON (AP) – Edwin Encarnacion had two homers for the second straight game, and Toronto sent the Red Sox to their sixth consecutive loss.
Encarnacion has seven homers in his last six games. He is the first Toronto player to have four multi-homer games in a month, and the first major-leaguer to do so since Troy Tulowitzki in September of 2010.
Royals 3, White Sox 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined on a four-hitter and Kansas City rallied in the ninth inning to avoid being swept in a three-game series.
Guthrie, who is winless in seven starts since an April 9 victory over Tampa Bay, left after seven innings with the score 1-1. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out two.
Angels 2, Astros 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Jered Weaver pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game in nearly two years and Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth, leading the Los Angeles Angels past Houston.
Athletics 3, Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Brandon Moss hit a solo homer for Oakland’s only hit and the Athletics took advantage of the sloppy Tampa Bay Rays .
Oakland scored twice on two errors and a pair of walks in the second inning, helping the A’s win for the first time since at least 1914 while getting only one hit, according to the team.