American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Detroit|
(Sunday, May 12th)
Final Score: Cleveland 4, Detroit 3 (10 innings)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Mark Reynolds delivered a pinch-hit, two-out
RBI single in the top of the 10th inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied for
a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers Sunday in the finale of a three-game set
at Comerica Park.
Facing Darin Downs (0-1) in the 10th, Asdrubal Cabrera poked a leadoff double
and advanced to third on Nick Swisher's groundout to the pitcher. Carlos
Santana was then intentionally walked and Michael Bourn followed with a slow
chopper to short, but the Tigers' Jhonny Peralta fired home to throw out
Cabrera for the second out of the frame.
Reynolds, however, made up for the missed opportunity with a single through
the left side that plated Santana for the eventual game-winning run.
Rich Hill retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the 10th,
while Cody Allen struck out Matt Tuiasosopo to secure his first save of the
Michael Brantley hit a game-tying RBI single in the ninth off Detroit
reliever Jose Valverde, who absorbed the blown save that sent the contest into
Cleveland's Joe Smith (1-0) worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth to earn the
win, the Indians' sixth in their last seven tries.
"We left some runners out there early," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.
"Against a team like Detroit, that's that game where you come in and say 'God
we had chances' but there's something to be said about just keep on playing."
Brayan Pena had three hits, including a two-run homer for the Tigers, who have
lost four of five. Starter Rick Porcello was charged with two runs on four
hits and struck out six over six innings of work.
Bourn pinch-hit to leadoff the ninth with the Tribe down one run. Valverde
issued a walk and then allowed the speedster Bourn to swipe second base.
Valverde, though, looked to get out alive by retiring the next two batters,
but again issued a walk, this time to Jason Giambi, before Brantley smacked a
slicing liner into left field to tie the game at 3-3.
"It's one of those days where it's going to happen," Pena added of the
blown save. "I mean, Valverde is our closer and we're very happy to have
him. He's one of those guys that tomorrow he's going to be back on the
mound ready to see what happens."
Cleveland's Zach McAllister, who lasted six frames and allowed three runs --
two earned -- on eight hits and three walks, ran into trouble in the fourth.
Peralta reached second on Lonnie Chisenhall's throwing error to start the
inning and Pena followed with an infield single to put runners on first
and third. Omar Infante then provided a sacrifice fly to right to give the
Tigers a 3-2 lead.
In the fifth, Porcello walked consecutive batters to load the bases, but
forced an inning-ending double play to Cabrera to end the threat.
Michael Brantley's single in the third advanced Yan Gomes to third base and
the Indians tied the game at 2-2 one batter later with Jason Kipnis' two RBI
double to left.
Pena put the Tigers on the board in the second. The lefty crushed McAllister's
2-2 breaking ball over the right-center wall for a two-run blast and a 2-0
Dating back to 2009, the Tigers have won 29 of 38 games versus Cleveland at
home ... Porcello is one win away for No. 50 in his MLB career ... It was
Allen's first career save ... Cleveland has not dropped any of its last seven
05/12 18:55:15 ET