Suddenly the Indians can't get enough of extra innings. Based on the immediate past, that's a good thing. After beating Detroit in 13 innings on Wednesday, the Indians went to 13 innings again Thursday night before beating the Orioles, 8-7, at Camden Yards. Carlos Santana, hitting .160 in May, delivered a two-run, two-out double over third base to win it. The victory went to lefty Josh Outman (4-0), who worked his way through Baltimore's tough right-handed lineup, in the 11th and 12th innings. Scott Atchison, part of the Tribe's four-headed, closer-by-committee, earned the save despite allowing a homer to Nick Markakis. "Everybody in our bullpen has thrown a lot in the last two days," said Atchison. "But we manned up and did what we had to do to keep the game where it was until the offense came around. "And they came around with a big hit in what was it. . .the 13th? I lost count some\where a long the line." The last time the Indians played consecutive games of 13 or more innings was on June 20-June 21, 2003 in Pittsburgh. They lost both games in 15 innings. The last time they won consecutive 13-inning games, according to STATS LLC, was in the first two games of the 1983 season. The Indians were 10-2 in extra inning games last year. They're 2-1 this year. "I don't care how many innings we play as long as we get the win," said Michael Brantley, who had a hand in the final rally. "We never give up. We always keep pushing to the last out." The Indians loaded the bases in the 13th with one out as Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall singled and Nick Swisher walked. After Yan Gomes fouled out down the right field line, Santana ripped a 1-2 pitch from Troy Patton (0-1) down the left field line "I'm glad for Carlos," said shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. "It's good for his confidence." Chisenhall reached on a bunt in the 13th, but his pinch-hit homer in the eighth tied the score, 6-6, and eventually forced extra innings. Chisenhall's second homer in the last two days was essential because consecutive errors by Cabrera and Santana in the seventh paved the way for Baltimore taking a 6-5 lead. Nelson Cruz broke the 5-5 tie with a sacrifice fly off Mark Lowe, who deserved far better in his Indians' debut. With one out, Cabrera booted an easy grounder to short by Manny Machado. Adam Jones followed with a double-play grounder to third, but Santana threw the ball into right field as Machado went to third. After Chris Davis was intentionally walked, Cruz delivered his fly ball to center. "The best thing for this team right now is that we were able grind through these last two days and pull wins out both times" said Outman. "Oviously, there are some plays that happened earlier in the game that everybody wanted back.
Cleveland Indians beat Orioles, 8-7
Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 23