- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel had scrambled away long before Asdrubal Cabrera came to the plate in the 12th inning.

And when Cabrera connected for a three-run homer in the 12th inning, ending a game that took nearly seven hours to play, Indians manager Terry Francona was relieved to be finally leaving the ballpark.

“Nice to see anyone come through,” Francona said.

Cabrera connected for a three-run homer with one out in the 12th, giving Cleveland a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox early Thursday and a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions.


With two runners on and Boston playing five infielders and only two outfielders, Cabrera made the shift moot by driving an 0-1 pitch from Edward Mujica (2-2) into Boston’s bullpen as the Indians won their sixth straight overall and ninth in a row at home. Cleveland is an AL-best 21-11 at Progressive Field.

Cabrera slid into home plate after his fifth homer and was doused with water by his teammates, who were relieved to finally end a game that didn’t finish until 2:02 a.m.

The start of the game, originally set for 7:05 p.m., was delayed by rain until 9:33 p.m., canceling a scheduled ceremonial first pitch by Manziel, the Browns’ popular rookie quarterback, who flashed his signature “money” gesture when he and his teammates were introduced to the crowd.

With practice on Thursday, Manziel ducked out early and was long gone when the game ended with just a few thousand die-hard fans in the seats.

The teams each used seven pitchers, who combined to throw 364 pitches.

“Regardless of the time, anytime you go 12 innings, losses sting a little bit,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “We were doing everything we could to extend the ballgame. Guys came out of the bullpen and did a good job. Cabrera just got hold of a breaking ball and put an end to this one.”

Mujica didn’t make any excuses.

“That pitch was a big mistake and he hit it out,” he said. “I left it over the plate. It was a little crazy, but we had to keep it going however we could.”

Carlos Carrasco (1-3), the Indians’ seventh pitcher, worked two innings.

The surging Indians have trimmed seven games off first-place Detroit’s lead in the AL Central in 17 days. Cleveland is within 3½ games and back to .500 for the first time since April 24.

David Ortiz homered for the Red Sox, who came in riding a seven-game winning streak but are now headed in the wrong direction.

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