Walkoff Balk Helps Indians Sweep Tigers
(CLEVELAND) -- A long afternoon game between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers ended with a walkoff balk.
Al Alburquerque's bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning Wednesday gave the Indians an 11-10 victory over the Tigers -- a win that took 5 hours, 16 minutes to clinch.
Detroit took a 9-7 lead into the ninth inning, but David Murphy hit a game-tying, two-run home run off of Joe Nathan.
Alex Avila gave the Tigers a 10-9 lead with a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning, but the Indians scored twice to cap off a three-game sweep of their division rivals.
Mike Aviles led off the bottom of the 13th inning with a single off of Phil Coke (0-1) and moved to second base on a sacrifice by Michael Bourn. Asdrubal Cabrera was then hit by a pitch. Michael Brantley scored Aviles with an RBI single to bring Cleveland within a run.
Alburquerque relieved Coke and intentionally walked pinch-hitter Yan Gomes to load the bases. Ryan Raburn stepped into the batter's box next and 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. Cabrera scored to end the game.
"It was definitely a balk," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "If they hadn't have called it we would have went out there and argued."
Josh Tomlin (3-1) worked the final three innings in relief for the win. He was the ninth pitcher used for the Indians on the afternoon.
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