May 22: Indians (23-25) 8, Orioles (23-22) 7 — F/13
The Cleveland Indians needed some extra-inning heroics from Carlos Santana to tackle the Baltimore Orioles 8-7. The Tribe couldn’t hold onto an early lead and had to rally to force extra baseball in a seesaw affair against an American League foe.
The Indians jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Ryan Raburn led the second inning with his first homer of the year.
Cleveland then added to its lead with a pair of runs in the third. Michael Brantley tripled home Michael Bourn with two outs before coming home to score on a wild pitch by Wei-Yin Chen.
Trailing 3-0 the Orioles came through in a big way with a five-spot in the sixth inning. Steve Clevenger and J.J. Hardy each provided RBI singles before Ryan Flaherty’s first home run of the season plated three and gave the O’s a 5-3 cushion.
The Tribe got those two runs right back in the next half inning as a David Murphy RBI groundout and a Mike Aviles run-scoring single knotted things at five apiece.
Both squads then traded single runs again in the next two half innings as Nelson Cruz’s sacrifice fly gave Baltimore a narrow 6-5 lead before Lonnie Chisenhall’s second homer of the year tied things up at six.
Cleveland got two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth but was unable to score as the game went to extras from there.
Neither team really threatened until the 13th frame. The back-and-forth action continued as the Tribe was the first one to come through with two runs off the bat of the Santana. He doubled off reliever Troy Patton with the bases loaded, scoring Brantley and Chisenhall. Mike Aviles grounded out to end the inning with the bases loaded once again.
The O’s got one run right back on a Nick Markakis solo home run in the bottom half of the inning but couldn’t muster up any other runs against Scott Atchinson in the eventual 8-7 finish.
Each starter gave up five runs in the game. Justin Masterson went 5.2 innings for the Indians, walking three and allowing eight hits. Meanwhile, Chen went 6.2 frames and didn’t walk a batter.
Reliever Josh Outman improved to 4-0 on the year as he pitched two scoreless innings.
Important things to note: The two teams tallied 27 total hits and 15 runs in the game … Even with all of the offense in the game, neither team did very well with runners in scoring position. The Indians were 2-for-9 and the O’s were 3-for-12.