No one had seen the Indians' closer-by-committee since May 11. Maybe that was a blessing in disguise. The committee resurfaced Monday night long enough for Cody Allen to blow a save in the ninth inning as he gave up a pinch-hit homer to J.D. Martinez. Undaunted, the Indians bounced back to beat the Tigers, 5-4, on Michael Brantley's two-out homer in the 10th off Al Alburquerque's 3-2 pitch. Brantley's homer, a shot into the Tiger bullpen in right field, was his ninth of the season and broke a four-game losing streak for the Tribe. "I hit it kind of low," said Brantley, after the first walk-off homer of his career. "I was kind of nervous and trying to run at the same time. I was fortunate enough that the ball went out. "After that I don't remember much until i got to my teammates (at home plate) and they start beating on me." The loss ended Detroit's six-game winning streak and 11-game winning streak on the road. When Brantley got to the plate, his teammates not only mugged him, they doused him with water. "It's cold outside and they're throwing ice cold water on me," said Brantley. "Then they got me good with the cooler (during a postgame interview). No one gave me a heads up. I heard them coming, but I didn't want to dive out of the way." The Indians were two outs from victory when Allen gave up a game-tying pinch-hit homer to J.D. Martinez with one out in the ninth to tie the score, 4-4 and ruin a strong start by Corey Kluber. Ian Kinsler followed with a two-out double, but Allen struck out Torii Hunter to end the inning. In Sunday's 13-3 loss to Oakland, Allen allowed three runs without recording an out in the eighth inning. They were the first runs he allowed at home this season.
Michael Brantley's homer gives Cleveland Indians' 5-4 victory over Tigers in 10 innings
Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 20