Final in 13
12:05 PM ET, May 21, 2014
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
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."
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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 walk-off 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, which 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."
According to STATS, the game-ending balk is the first since July 4, 2011, when the Royals' Aaron Crow committed one in the ninth inning against the White Sox. It's also the first walk-off balk in extra innings since June 16, 2011, when the Mets' D.J. Carrasco did it against the Braves.
Josh Tomlin (3-1), the Indians' ninth pitcher, worked the final three innings.
Raburn raised his arms in victory after the balk was called, and the Indians rushed from the dugout to mob Asdrubal Cabrera at the plate. Cabrera had been hit on the knee by Coke's pitch and spent several moments on the ground before going to first.
The Indians' bid to win in the 10th ended when Davis' throw to the plate got Lonnie Chisenhall, who was trying to score on Bourn's fly ball.
Zach McAllister allowed four runs in the first and didn't retire a batter in the third. Having already used seven relievers, Francona had no choice but to call on Tomlin in the 11th even though the right-hander was scheduled to start Thursday in Baltimore.
Asked how long Tomlin would have pitched, Francona said, "Till we won or lost. There was nobody else."
"I don't know if I've ever done that before, but I was ready," Tomlin said. "They asked me about the 10th inning if I could pitch, so I ran and got my spikes."
A roster move to add Thursday's starter will be made before that game.
Max Scherzer allowed seven runs in seven innings. He gave up one run in the first, five in the second and another in the third but blanked the Indians over his final four innings of work. The right-hander gave up 12 hits and threw 113 pitches.
Scherzer, last season's American League Cy Young winner, had allowed six total runs in his previous six starts, all wins, over 39 innings.
A dropped throw by Cabrera helped Detroit break a 7-all tie in the eighth.
Chisenhall hit a solo homer for Cleveland.
McAllister allowed five runs in two innings.
Tigers OF Torii Hunter had the day off. ... Indians DH Jason Giambi played for the first time since May 3, when he strained his right calf. He came off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. ... Victor Martinez is 8-for-13 with seven RBIs lifetime against McAllister. ... Bench coach Gene Lamont ran the team after Ausmus was ejected. ... McAllister is 0-4 with a 9.51 ERA in his past six starts.
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 21: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning...(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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|Detroit leads 11-8 (as of Wed 5/21)|
|Wed 4/16||CLE 3, @DET 2||Recap|
|Thu 4/17||@DET 7, CLE 5||Recap|
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|» Wed 5/21||@CLE 11, DET 10||Box Score|
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|Sun 7/20||@DET 5, CLE 1||Recap|
|Mon 9/1||DET 12, @CLE 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/2||DET 4, @CLE 2||Recap|
|Wed 9/3||@CLE 7, DET 0||Recap|
|Thu 9/4||DET 11, @CLE 4||Recap|
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|1st||M Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to right, R Davis scored, I Kinsler to third.||1||0|
|1st||V Martinez singled to right, I Kinsler scored.||2||0|
|1st||J Martinez homered to right center (405 feet), V Martinez scored.||4||0|
|1st||D Murphy hit sacrifice fly to left, M Bourn scored.||4||1|
|2nd||M Aviles doubled to left, L Chisenhall scored.||4||2|
|2nd||M Brantley singled to center, M Aviles and M Bourn scored.||4||4|
|2nd||D Murphy doubled to deep left, M Brantley scored.||4||5|
|2nd||N Swisher singled to right, D Murphy scored.||4||6|
|3rd||V Martinez homered to right (359 feet).||5||6|
|3rd||L Chisenhall homered to right (381 feet).||5||7|
|5th||A Jackson hit sacrifice fly to right, M Cabrera scored, V Martinez to third.||6||7|
|5th||N Castellanos hit a ground rule double to deep right center, V Martinez scored.||7||7|
|8th||V Martinez grounded into fielder's choice to second, I Kinsler scored, D Kelly safe at third on error by shortstop A Cabrera.||8||7|
|8th||J Martinez singled to center, D Kelly scored, V Martinez to second.||9||7|
|9th||D Murphy homered to right center (408 feet), M Brantley scored.||9||9|
|13th||A Avila homered to right (387 feet).||10||9|
|13th||M Brantley singled to left, M Aviles scored, A Cabrera to second.||10||10|
|13th||A Cabrera scored, M Brantley to third, Y Gomes to second on balk by A Alburquerque.||10||11|
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|Stadium||Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH|
|Attendance||19,228 (45.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||74 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Timmons, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Gabe Morales|
From Elias: Indians walk-off balk is the first in the majors since: July 4, 2011, White Sox 5-4 over Royals, balk by Aaron Crow Last in extra innings: June 16, 2011, Braves 9-8 over Mets in 10 innings, balk by D.J. Carrasco Last in 13th inning or later: April 19, 2004, Mariners 2-1 over A's in 14 innings, balk by Justin Duchscherer
Max Scherzer had his worst start in a long time... It's the most hits he allowed since September of 2010, a span of 110 starts, and the most earned runs he's allowed since April of 2012.[+]
Worst in a While - Max Scherzer - Wednesday at Indians
After touching-up Justin Verlander in the 2nd inning yesterday, the Indians went batty today in the 2nd vs Max Scherzer. Scherzer allowed 6 hits, 5 runs and 3 doubles in 37 pitches. Scherzer currently has 7 earned on the day... tied for his the 3rd most ever in a game[+]
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