- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - After 475 pitches, 20 runs and more than five hours of baseball, the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers settled this lengthy game in a most bizarre fashion: a walkoff balk.

Al Alburquerque’s bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning Wednesday gave the Indians an 11-10 victory over Detroit.

“I don’t even know where to start with that game,” Indians right-fielder David Murphy said. “I don’t know if that was a baseball game or a marathon combined with a circus.”

Murphy tied the game that took 5 hours, 16 minutes in the ninth with a two-run homer off Joe Nathan

Alex Avila’s two-out homer in the top of the 13th put Detroit ahead, but the Indians scored twice for their second walkoff win in the three-game sweep.

Mike Aviles led off with a single against Phil Coke (0-1) and took second on Michael Bourn’s sacrifice. After Asdrubal Cabrera was hit by a pitch, Michael Brantley lined a single to left for his fourth hit that scored Aviles, who slid home before Rajai Davis’ throw.

After a groundout, Alburquerque relieved and pinch-hitter Yan Gomes was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ryan Raburn took the first pitch for a ball. As Alburquerque went into his set position, he appeared to move his leg and glove and then stopped.

Indians manager Terry Francona couldn’t remember a game ending on a balk, but he knew Alburquerque committed one.

“It was definitely a balk,” he said. “If they hadn’t have called it we would have went out there and argued.”

The Tigers put up no argument.

“He just went to come set and he stopped and it was pretty blatant,” Avila said. “There wasn’t any controversy about that one.”

According to STATS, the game-ending balk is the first since July 4, 2011, when the Royals’ Aaron Crow committed one in the ninth inning against the White Sox. It’s also the first walkoff balk in extra innings since June 16, 2011, when the Mets’ D.J. Carrasco did it against the Braves.

Josh Tomlin (3-1), the Indians‘ ninth pitcher, worked the final three innings.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and manager Brad Ausmus were ejected in the sixth inning by plate umpire Tim Timmons for arguing balls and strikes.

Raburn raised his arms in victory after the balk was called and the Indians rushed from the dugout to mob Cabrera at the plate. Cabrera had been hit on the knee by Coke’s pitcher and spent several moments on the ground before going to first.

Story Continues →