Cleveland, OH (WKZO) – After nearly five and half hours of baseball, the Cleveland Indians completed the three-game series sweep over the Tigers on a bases loaded walk-off balk, 11-10 in 13 innings.
Alex Avila hit his second home run in as many games to put the Tigers in the lead 10-9 in the 13th but Asdrubal Cabrera scored on Al Alburquerque bases-loaded balk after Phil Coke allowed the game tying run in the 13th. On the second pitch to former Tiger Ryan Raburn, Alburquerque was called for the balk forcing in the game winning run.
The Tigers blew three leads including a 9-7 lead in the bottom of the 9th when David Murphy hit a two-run homer off of Tigers’ closer Joe Nathan, tying the game and forcing extras.
Max Scherzer had his worst start of the year for the Tigers, allowing seven runs over seven innings. Scherzer allowed all seven runs in the first three innings but shut down the innings over the next four innings and left the game with a chance to pick up his fifth consecutive win. Scherzer struck out five to take the AL lead in strikeouts but his ERA ballooned from 1.83 to 2.59.
Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos each had three hits. Martinez hit his 12th home run of the year and fell just a triple shy of the cycle. JD Martinez also went yard in the first inning, giving the Tigers a 4-0 early lead.
Miguel Cabrera and Brad Ausmus were ejected in the sixth inning by plate umpire Tim Timmons for arguing a check swing.
The Tigers end their nine-game road trip 6-3 and return to Comerica Park for a four-game series with the Texas Rangers. Robbie Ray (1-0, 0.75 ERA) will take the mound for the Tigers. The Rangers will counter with Yu Darvish (3-2, 2.32). First pitch is set for 1:08pm.