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Brantley, Reynolds deliver key RBI in Indians' win

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DETROIT -- Terry Francona's Cleveland Indians passed their first test against the defending American League champions.

They beat Justin Verlander on Saturday night and rallied against Jose Valverde on Sunday. When it was over, Cleveland had taken two of three from the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

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Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds had a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning to give the Indians a 4-3 victory in the series finale. Cleveland tied the game with a run off Valverde in the ninth.

"That was as good a team effort as you are ever going to see," said Francona, who took over as Cleveland's manager before this season. "We left some guys on base early, and that's tough against any team, much less that one. But we kept playing and we got it in the end."

Cleveland tied it in the ninth when Michael Brantley hit a two-out RBI single off Valverde. Joe Smith (1-0) pitched the bottom of the inning, and the Indians took the lead in the 10th.

With men on first and third and one out in the 10th, Michael Bourn hit a slow grounder to shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who threw home in time to get Asdrubal Cabrera. Reynolds followed with a single to left off Darin Downs (0-1) that slipped past third baseman Miguel Cabrera's diving attempt.

"With two strikes, I'm just trying to shorten up my swing and get something into play," Reynolds said. "He threw me a changeup, and I was able to get it on the ground and past Cabrera. That felt good."

The game wasn't over yet, though. Cleveland closer Chris Perez, who retired Miguel Cabrera with the potential winning run on base Saturday night, wasn't available, so Rich Hill got the first two outs of the Detroit 10th, and Cody Allen finished for his first career save.

"He had a taxing outing 12 hours ago, so I told him I wanted him to be honest with me when he started to warm up," Francona said of Perez. "To his credit, he did just that, so I told him we'd find another way to win the game."

The Indians have won 15 of 20, and Sunday's win brought them even with the Tigers atop the AL Central.

Cleveland has not lost any of its last seven series.

The Tigers were prepared to let Valverde leave via free agency in the offseason, but they ended up bringing him back on a minor league deal. He was back in Detroit as the closer by the end of April, and he hadn't allowed a run in five appearances before Sunday.

But he walked two in the ninth before Brantley's tying single.

"You have to respect the hitter, too," Valverde said. "You have to remember, this guy is a big leaguer, too."

Detroit threatened in the bottom of the ninth when Andy Dirks led off with a single, but Torii Hunter couldn't get a bunt down and ended up hitting into a 1-6-3 double play -- Asdrubal Cabrera had to spin awkwardly near second because of Smith's slightly inaccurate throw, but he made the turn successfully.

"That's just a fantastic, athletic play," Francona said. "The throw was tailing away from him, but he caught it, managed to keep his foot on the bag and then throws Torii out with nothing but arm strength."

That meant Miguel Cabrera had to hit with the bases empty, and his flyout sent the game to extra innings.

Asdrubal Cabrera doubled leading off the 10th and went to third on Nick Swisher's tapper to the pitcher. After Carlos Santana was intentionally walked, the Tigers got a big out when Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out at home.

But Reynolds came through for the Indians, driving home Santana from second.

Brayan Pena homered for the Tigers, and Detroit starter Rick Porcello allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Zach McAllister allowed two earned runs and eight hits in six innings for the Indians.

Pena's two-run homer in the second opened the scoring. The Indians tied it the following inning on a two-run double by Jason Kipnis.

Detroit scored an unearned run in the fourth after Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall threw wildly to first on Peralta's grounderl for a two-base error. Pena's grounder up the middle hit second base for an infield single, and Omar Infante drove in Peralta with a sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • There was some light rain during the middle of the game on a chilly day at Comerica Park.
  • Detroit OF Austin Jackson had the day off with a sore right hamstring.
  • Cleveland OF Ryan Raburn started against his former team. He made a shoe-top catch in the first on a line drive by Prince Fielder and was hit by a pitch in the fourth.
  • Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Detroit hosts Houston on Monday night. Anibal Sanchez (3-3) starts for the Tigers against Bud Norris (4-3). The Indians play a doubleheader at home against the New York Yankees. Justin Masterson (3-3) takes the mound for Cleveland in the opener, and Trevor Bauer (1-1) will pitch the second game for the Indians.
 
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The Indians rally for a run in the ninth inning and then again in the 10th to defeat the Tigers. (Getty Images)
The Indians rally for a run in the ninth inning and then again in the 10th to defeat the Tigers. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

Y. Gomes
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Detroit

B. Pena
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Brantley, LF4121101 .306
Jason Kipnis, 2B4012112 .224
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010102 .238
Nick Swisher, DH5000022 .265
Carlos Santana, 1B4100121 .336
Ryan Raburn, RF2000010 .320
   a- Michael Bourn, PH-CF1100100 .304
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3000122 .213
   b- Mark Reynolds, PH-3B1011000 .291
Yan Gomes, C4130001 .268
Drew Stubbs, CF3000034 .250
   c- Jason Giambi, PH0000100 .225
    Mike Aviles, PR-RF0000000 .286
Totals35484711  
a-walked for Raburn in the 9th
b-singled for Chisenhall in the 10th
c-walked for Stubbs in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis (6, Porcello), Asdrubal Cabrera (10, Downs), Yan Gomes (2, Porcello)
RBI - Michael Brantley (13), Jason Kipnis 2 (16), Mark Reynolds (32)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Brantley (7), Jason Kipnis 2 (5), Mark Reynolds (12)
SB - Michael Bourn (3, 2nd base off Valverde/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Kipnis-Santana, Smith-A. Cabrera-Santana
E - Lonnie Chisenhall (4, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister 6832351 2.68
Bryan Shaw 2000110 1.04
Joe Smith (W,1-0) 1100000 0.66
Rich Hill (H,2) 0.2000010 3.24
Cody Allen (S,1) 0.1000010 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 111-70, Bryan Shaw 24-15, Joe Smith 11-7, Rich Hill 8-8, Cody Allen 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 6-7, Joe Smith 1-1
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 29, Bryan Shaw 7, Joe Smith 3, Rich Hill 2, Cody Allen 1
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andy Dirks, LF4010111 .239
Torii Hunter, RF5020012 .336
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4020103 .379
Prince Fielder, 1B4000126 .290
Victor Martinez, DH5000035 .212
Don Kelly, CF3010103 .190
   a- Matt Tuiasosopo, PH1000010 .324
Jhonny Peralta, SS4200002 .315
Brayan Pena, C4132000 .256
Omar Infante, 2B3001001 .317
Totals3739348  
a-struck out for Kelly in the 10th
Batting
HR - Brayan Pena (2, McAllister)
SF - Omar Infante (2)
RBI - Brayan Pena 2 (7), Omar Infante (14)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andy Dirks 1
DP - Infante-Peralta-Fielder, Infante-Peralta-Fielder
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello 6422260 6.68
Jose Ortega (H,1) 0.1100110 0.00
Phil Coke (H,1) 1000000 7.45
Joaquin Benoit (H,5) 0.2000120 1.59
Jose Valverde (BS,1) 1111220 1.50
Darin Downs (L,0-1) 1211100 2.55
IBB - Santana by Darin Downs
HBP - Raburn (by Rick Porcello)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 101-63, Jose Ortega 14-8, Phil Coke 8-6, Joaquin Benoit 17-10, Jose Valverde 29-15, Darin Downs 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 6-5, Phil Coke 1-1, Darin Downs 2-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 24, Jose Ortega 3, Phil Coke 2, Joaquin Benoit 3, Jose Valverde 6, Darin Downs 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35260
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Dale Scott