CLEVELAND — After 475 pitches and more than five hours, the Indians and Tigers settled things in a bizarre fashion: a walkoff balk.
Al Alburquerque's bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning Wednesday gave Cleveland an 11-10 victory over Detroit.
"I don't even know where to start with that game," Indians rightfielder David Murphy said. "I don't know if that was a baseball game or a marathon combined with a circus."
After Alex Avila's two-out homer in the 13th put Detroit ahead, the Indians scored twice for their second walkoff win in the three-game sweep.
Michael Brantley lined a single to left off Phil Coke to score Mike Aviles. After a groundout, Alburquerque relieved and pinch-hitter Yan Gomes was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ryan Raburn took a ball. As Alburquerque went into his set position, he moved his leg and glove then stopped.
"It was definitely a balk," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "If they hadn't have called it we would have went out there and argued."