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Indians outlast Orioles on Santana's double in 13th

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BALTIMORE -- Since the Cleveland Indians are not getting paid extra to work overtime, they'll happily take a victory for their effort.

Pressed into extra innings for the third time in four games, the Indians got two-run double from Carlos Santana in the 13th and escaped with an 8-7 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

Cleveland has won four straight, matching a season high, in part because of its ability to persevere. After beating Detroit in 10 innings on Monday, the Indians went 13 against the Tigers on Wednesday before again prevailing in the lucky 13th against Baltimore.

"[Wednesday] was thrilling but you put it in the rear view mirror as fast as you can," manager Terry Francona said. "Tonight was in a lot of ways similar. We had to really dig deep. We made some mistakes but we outplayed them. As a result, we have a tired group -- but you feel a heck of a lot better when you win."

According to Stats LLC, the only other time since 1912 that Cleveland won successive games of at least 13 innings was in April 1935.

"It's a good feeling when you fight so hard and win like this," Francona said.

The Indians are the first team since the 2010 Angels to play two successive games of at least 13 innings, and it was the first time since 2003 that Cleveland played back-to-back 13-inning games.

After two hits and a walk loaded the bases in the 13th, Santana came to the plate against Troy Patton (0-1) with a .148 batting average. He pulled a sharp grounder inside the third-base line, only his third hit in 32 at-bats with two outs and runners on.

Josh Outman (4-0) pitched two scoreless innings and Scott Atchison got three outs for his first save, despite giving up a solo home run to Nick Markakis.

Ryan Flaherty also hit a home run for Baltimore and Adam Jones had three hits.

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado left after 11 innings with right groin stiffness.

"It didn't really bother me hitting or fielding," he said. "It was more of a stiffness every time I started running or that first step. And it just kept getting worse."

Machado, who didn't begin play this season until May 1 after undergoing offseason knee surgery, hopes to return to the lineup Friday.

"Sleep on it and just keep working on it and hopefully we will know something better [Friday] of how I feel," he said.

Baltimore used a five-run sixth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit, and after the Indians pulled even in the seventh the Orioles scored the go-ahead run in the bottom half without benefit of a hit.

Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera fumbled Machado's sharp grounder and Jones followed with a bouncer to third. Santana threw wildly to second base trying to start a double play, leaving runners on second and third with one out. After Mark Lowe issued an intentional walk to Chris Davis, Nelson Cruz hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-5.

Lonnie Chisenhall answered in the eighth with a pinch-hit home run off Darren O'Day to make it 6-6. It was Chisenhall's second home run of the season, both in the past two games.

Much earlier, Indians starter Justin Masterson induced three double plays over the first five innings while being pressed into action on three days' rest.

In the Baltimore sixth, after Steve Clevenger and J.J. Hardy delivered two-out RBI singles, Flaherty hit a 2-1 pitch over the 25-foot scoreboard in right field to make it 5-3.

The advantage vanished in the seventh. With one out, Flaherty fumbled a potential double-play grounder to second base, getting an out at first that resulted in an RBI for David Murphy. Mike Aviles then chased Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen with a game-tying single.

Baltimore regained the lead in the bottom half, but it would not last in this back-and-forth duel.

"I know guys will be in the ice tubs and will sleep well tonight," Chisenhall said.

Notes

Baltimore has 12 or more hits in four consecutive games for the first time since April 2007. ... The Indians placed starter Zach McAllister (lower back strain) on the 15-day DL and recalled rookie T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus. House will make his first major league start Friday night against the Orioles, who will send Bud Norris to the mound. ... Baltimore placed RHP Tommy Hunter (groin strain) on the 15-day DL and recalled RHP Preston Guilmet. ... Chris Davis will likely be out Sunday and Monday on paternity leave while doctors induce labor on the first baseman's wife, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ... Jones has reached safely in 16 consecutive games. ... Baltimore's Zach Britton blanked Cleveland in the ninth and 10th innings, his 10th consecutive scoreless outing.

 
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Carlos Santana follows through on his deciding double, which gives Cleveland its second 13-inning victory in as many nights.  (USATSI)
Carlos Santana follows through on his deciding double, which gives Cleveland its second 13-inning victory in as many nights. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

R. Flaherty
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cleveland

C. Santana
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF6130000 .278
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000003 .259
   Justin Sellers, SS1000000 .000
Michael Brantley, LF6221011 .303
Ryan Raburn, DH3111010 .198
   a-Lonnie Chisenhall, PH-DH3221001 .376
Nick Swisher, 1B5010120 .211
Yan Gomes, C6120014 .280
Carlos Santana, 3B6122010 .153
David Murphy, RF5001111 .284
Mike Aviles, 2B6011003 .275
Justin Masterson, P0000000 .000
   Mark Lowe, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
   Josh Outman, P0000000 .000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
Totals51814727  
a-homered for Raburn in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Santana (6, Patton)
3B - Michael Brantley (1, Chen)
HR - Ryan Raburn (1, Chen), Lonnie Chisenhall (2, O'Day)
SH - Justin Sellers (1)
RBI - Michael Brantley (37), Ryan Raburn (9), Lonnie Chisenhall (7), Carlos Santana 2 (15), David Murphy (31), Mike Aviles (15)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Brantley (14), Carlos Santana 2 (4), Mike Aviles (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Aviles-Swisher, A. Cabrera-Aviles-Swisher-Aviles-A. Cabrera-Swisher, A. Cabrera-Aviles-Swisher-Aviles-A. Cabrera-Swisher-Masterson-Gomes-Swisher, A. Cabrera-Aviles-Swisher-Aviles-A. Cabrera-Swisher-Masterson-Gomes-Swisher-Swisher-Santana
E - Asdrubal Cabrera (8, Misplayed grounder), Carlos Santana (6, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Masterson 5.2855321 5.32
Mark Lowe 1010110 0.00
Marc Rzepczynski 0.2100010 3.24
Cody Allen 1.2100120 3.20
John Axford 1100020 4.19
Josh Outman (W,4-0) 2100120 2.76
Scott Atchison (S,1) 1111001 1.64
IBB - Davis by Mark Lowe, Cruz by Cody Allen
WP - Justin Masterson (6), Cody Allen (2)
HBP - Hardy (by Justin Masterson)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 96-55, Mark Lowe 17-9, Marc Rzepczynski 9-7, Cody Allen 24-15, John Axford 19-12, Josh Outman 30-18, Scott Atchison 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 7-5, Mark Lowe 2-1, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0, Cody Allen 1-2, Josh Outman 3-0
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Mark Lowe 5, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Cody Allen 7, John Axford 4, Josh Outman 7, Scott Atchison 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF7121025 .293
Manny Machado, 3B6110011 .229
   Jonathan Schoop, 2B1000000 .221
Adam Jones, CF7130001 .286
Chris Davis, 1B5000123 .256
Nelson Cruz, DH2111301 .285
Steve Clevenger, C5111116 .246
J.J. Hardy, SS5121011 .285
Ryan Flaherty, 2B-3B5123022 .207
David Lough, LF2000112 .171
   a-Steve Pearce, PH-LF3010001 .288
Wei-Yin Chen, P0000000 .000
   Brian Matusz, P0000000 .000
   Darren O'Day, P0000000 .000
   Zach Britton, P0000000 .000
   Preston Guilmet, P0000000 .000
   Troy Patton, P0000000 .000
Totals487137610  
a-popped out for Lough in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam Jones (8, Masterson), Ryan Flaherty (5, Masterson)
HR - Nick Markakis (3, Atchison), Ryan Flaherty (1, Masterson)
SF - Nelson Cruz (2)
RBI - Nick Markakis (16), Nelson Cruz (42), Steve Clevenger (8), J.J. Hardy (12), Ryan Flaherty 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Steve Clevenger (2), J.J. Hardy (4), Ryan Flaherty 3 (5)
CS - David Lough (1, 2nd base by Lowe/Gomes)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Flaherty-Hardy-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen 6.2855011 4.08
Brian Matusz 0.2100010 3.00
Darren O'Day (BS,2) 0.2111021 1.00
Zach Britton 2100020 0.70
Preston Guilmet 2.1000010 0.00
Troy Patton (L,0-1) 0.2322200 8.10
WP - Wei-Yin Chen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 92-68, Brian Matusz 7-5, Darren O'Day 19-12, Zach Britton 23-16, Preston Guilmet 25-18, Troy Patton 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 12-6, Zach Britton 3-1, Preston Guilmet 3-3, Troy Patton 1-1
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 27, Brian Matusz 3, Darren O'Day 3, Zach Britton 7, Preston Guilmet 7, Troy Patton 7
Game Information
Attendance - 18894
Game Time - 4:22
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Al Porter