The Indians needed a lot of speed and one clutch hit Saturday night at Marlins Park. A successful tightrope walk by Chris Perez in the ninth inning was equally appreciated. Michael Bourn was stuck in fast-forward all night but it was Drew Stubbs who set the critical seventh inning in motion with not one but two stolen bases in the Indians' 4-3 victory against the Marlins. "I think our speed helped us a lot of ways tonight" said manager Terry Francona. Stubbs singled with one out to start the game-winning rally against Dan Jennings (1-2). He stole second with Bourn batting. Bourn followed with a walk to set up a potential double steal by two of baseball's fastest men. Potential turned into fact with Nick Swisher at the plate as Stubbs stole third and Bourn swiped second. It was Bourn's third steal of the night. Marlins manager Mike Redmond a former backup catcher for the Tribe argued with third-base umpire Dana DeMuth because catcher Rob Brantly's throw beat Stubbs to the bag. Stubbs' slide however beat the tag of Ed Lucas. "Brantly made a good throw but Stubbs got a great jump" Francona said. After Swisher walked to load the bases Jason Kipnis lined a two-run single through the middle to break a 2-2 tie. Bourn's run was disputed by Redmond and Brantly because center fielder Christian Yelich made a strong throw home. Replays showed Bourn's feet hit the plate before Brantly tagged him. "Great slide by Bourn" Francona said. "I definitely think he got in under the tag." Kipnis finished with three hits and three RBI. He was also thrown out at the plate by Yelich with two out in the fifth when he tried to score on Asdrubal Cabrera's two-out single with the Tribe leading 2-0. The Indians had six steals their most since they stole six bases against Boston on Sept. 21 2000. Mike Aviles stole the Indians sixth base of the night in the eighth. Cody Allen (5-1) earned the win in relief of Zach McAllister who took a no-hitter into the sixth. Perez pitched the ninth for his 10th straight save since coming off the disabled list June 27 but it wasn't without drama. Perez working with a 4-2 lead gave up a leadoff double to Logan Morrison. Greg Dobbs followed with a single to make it 4-3. Adeiny Hechavarria sent a bunt to third baseman Mike Aviles. He grabbed it and looked to second for the force but the bag was empty. By the time he turned to first Hechavarria was on the bag.
Indians survive ninth-inning scare to beat Marlins, 4-3
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Aug 4