A lot can happen in three days. Cleveland can experience four seasons worth of weather. The stock market can reach new peaks and valleys. The Indians can ascend from the lowest of depths, sweep the division-leading Tigers and wipe away all memories of a miserable weekend against the Athletics. Plenty can also occur in a span of five hours. The Indians and Tigers dueled for five hours and 16 minutes on Wednesday. They captured their sweep with an 11-10 triumph when Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque balked with the bases loaded and two outs in the 13th inning, a fitting cap to a wacky afternoon at Progressive Field. A Tribe reliever (Josh Tomlin) -- who is typically a starter -- tossed more innings than the Tribe's actual starter (Zach McAllister). Tigers starter Max Scherzer allowed seven runs in the first three innings, but was in line for the victory when he departed after seven frames. Home-plate umpire Tim Timmons ejected Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and skipper Brad Ausmus after the two-time Most Valuable Player disputed a check-swing call in the sixth inning. With Ryan Raburn at the plate, Alburquerque balked, allowing Asdrubal Cabrera to score from third. Michael Brantley had tied the game earlier in the inning on an RBI single, matching Alex Avila's go-ahead home run in the top of the frame. McAllister lasted only two innings -- his second consecutive abbreviated start. The right-hander yielded five runs (four earned) on five hits. He has compiled a 32.40 ERA over his last two outings and a 19.96 ERA over his last three. The Indians' bats, however, heated up on a warm, sunny day beside Lake Erie.
Cleveland Indians sweep Detroit Tigers with wacky 11-10 win
Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 21