CLEVELAND (AP) - Two long days ended on a positive note for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Tuffy Gosewisch’s RBI single with one out in the 12th inning gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night to earn a split of a doubleheader.
After Tuesday’s game was postponed after a 3-hour, 40-minute rain delay, the Diamondbacks lost Wednesday’s opener when Zach Walters’ walkoff homer in the ninth gave the Indians a 3-2 win.
As a scoreless second game dragged into extra innings, Arizona needed something good to happen before their 10-game trip continued Thursday against the Marlins. While Gosewisch came through in the clutch, five Arizona pitchers combined on the shutout.
“Getting the split the way we did will make for a good plane flight to Miami,” manager Kirk Gibson said.
Randall Delgado (2-3), the losing pitcher in the first game, pitched the 11th. Addison Reed gave up pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-out double in the 12th, but struck out Jason Kipnis for his 28th save to end a game that lasted 4:16.
Alfredo Marte drew a leadoff walk from C.C. Lee (0-1) to start the winning rally. After a sacrifice, Gosewisch singled up the middle for the game’s only run.
“I was looking for a pitch up to drive, but he jammed me a little bit with a slider,” Gosewisch said. “Fortunately, it found a hole and got through.”
Michael Brantley started the 11th with a double, but Delgado struck out Carlos Santana and Chris Dickerson and retired Walters on a groundout.
Josh Tomlin pitched 5 1-3 innings while Andrew Chafin threw five innings in his major league debut.
Chafin, an Ohio native who pitched at Kent State, was called up on Aug. 8. He attended high school about 50 miles from Cleveland, and had more than 60 family members and friends at Progressive Field.
Chafin was optioned to Triple-A Reno following the game.
“I completely understand it’s for the benefit of the team,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll have the opportunity to come back, but this was a great night that I’ll never forget.”
Walters, acquired from Washington for Asdrubal Cabrera on July 31, hit a 1-2 pitch from Delgado that narrowly cleared the wall in right field to win the opener. The home run was the fourth of his career.
“He’s hit a couple balls right on the nose,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “On a day that it was probably going to take a home run to win it, it was good to see him do it. I’m sure that will help him relax.”