Al Alburquerque’s balk helps Indians sweep Tigers

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Al Alburquerque committed a balk with the bases loaded in the 13th inning, allowing the Cleveland Indians to escape with an 11-10 win over the Detroit Tigers and complete a three-game sweep Wednesday at Progressive Field.

After relieving Phil Coke, Alburquerque intentionally walked Yan Gomes to load the bases before balking on a 1-0 pitch to Ryan Raburn that brought Asdrubal Cabrera home for the game-winning run as the Indians (22-25) notched their first series sweep of the season.

Josh Tomlin (3-1) got the win after pitching the last three frames, allowing a run on two hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Starter Zach McAllister lasted just two frames after giving up five runs – four earned – on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Tigers starter Max Scherzer gave up a season-high seven runs on 12 hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven frames. He left the game with a chance to win but Murphy’s two-run shot against Joe Nathan ruined that as the Tigers dropped to 27-15.

The Tigers hammered McAllister early behind Miguel Cabrera’s RBI sac fly and Victor Martinez’s run-scoring single. JD Martinez then made it a 4-0 game with a two-run homer.

However, the Indians scored six runs in the first and second frames behind two RBIs from Murphy before Detroit got a run back in the third when Martinez homered.

However, Cleveland answered in the bottom of the inning on Lonnie Chisenhall’s solo homer.

Detroit tied the game in the fifth at 7-7 behind Austin Jackson’s RBI sac fly and Nick Castellanos’ run-scoring double and took the lead in the eighth after Cabrera’s throwing error. Martinez followed with a base hit to score Don Kelly for a 9-7 edge in the eighth.

In the ninth, Brantley’s single set the table for Murphy, who drove a 1-0 pitch from Nathan over the wall in right-center to tie the game.

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