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Cleveland Indians complete sweep of Detroit in 13 innings

Al Alburquerque's bases-loaded balk in the bottom of the 13th inning allowed Asdrubal Cabrera to score the winning run, as the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with an 11-10 victory at Progressive Field on Wednesday.
By The Sports Network May 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM
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Al Alburquerque's bases-loaded balk in the bottom of the 13th inning allowed Asdrubal Cabrera to score the winning run, as the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with an 11-10 victory at Progressive Field on Wednesday.

After Alex Avila's homer off Josh Tomlin (3-1) in the top of the 13th gave Detroit a 10-9 lead, the Indians got going in the bottom of the inning.

Michael Aviles began the inning with a single off Phil Coke (0-1). Michael Bourn sacrificed him to second and Cabrera was hit by a pitch. Brantley then singled to left to plate Aviles with the tying run.

David Murphy, who forced extra innings with a two-run ninth-inning homer, then grounded out to move the runners up to second and third and force Coke from the game in favor of Alburquerque, who intentionally walked pinch-hitter Yan Gomes before balking on a 1-0 offering to Ryan Rayburn.

Murphy finished with two hits and four RBI. Brantley went 4-for-7 with three RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases for the Tribe, who overcame a four- run first inning deficit against one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Tigers starter Max Scherzer gutted out seven innings in his worst start of the season to give the Tigers a shot at the win. The right-hander overcame a rough first few innings and was charged with a season-high seven runs on 12 hits, striking out five and walking two. He left the game with a shot at the win, but Joe Nathan's blown save ruined that chance.

[SportsNetwork.com]

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