The Cleveland Indians were already in playoff position when the team’s best player left the team on Sunday with a strained right groin, and they were still within one game of the Indians with the third wild-card spot after they beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
But after two innings in the bottom of the third, the Indians tied the game after Ryan Dempster doubled home the tying run with two outs in the top of the ninth to give Cleveland a 4-2 lead.
The Indians were up 3-0 at the time, and it was a rare moment of success for a team that had a 1-7 record in its past seven games.
The loss is Cleveland’s second straight.
It has lost two in a row and four of its past five.
“I’m glad we’re getting our win,” manager Terry Francona said.
The Indians, who have lost 10 of their past 11 games, could not make up ground against the Blue Jays, who won for the fifth time in seven games, but that did not stop the Indians from playing some solid baseball. “
We just need to take a step back and take a moment and reflect and try to find some more ways to win games.”
The Indians, who have lost 10 of their past 11 games, could not make up ground against the Blue Jays, who won for the fifth time in seven games, but that did not stop the Indians from playing some solid baseball.
“If we can play good defense, good pitching, good hitting, good defense and a good offense and a really good team, I think we’ll be OK,” left-hander Andrew Miller said.
The Blue Jays had won their previous six games, all in Toronto, before dropping a 3-1 series to the Indians.
They trailed 1-0 in the first inning before scoring twice in the third and fifth, when Jose Bautista singled to center to put runners at first and third and Dempsters homerun to right field to make it 3-3.
Bautes homerun gave the Blue Jay a 4,000-point lead after the first two batters they faced combined to score just two runs.
The teams traded hits for the next two innings, with the Blue Jays striking out three and Bauts going 2-for-4.
In the top half of the inning, Dempsts home run gave the Indians a 3, and Demps doubled home a tying run to put Cleveland up 6-3 with two out in the fifth.
The next batter, Luis Ortiz, grounded out to third.
The Yankees struck back in the fourth with two runs in the inning and one out in their own territory.
Dempsters two-run single in the sixth made it a 7-5 lead.
“It was a great game.
We got a couple of outs in and hit it,” Miller said of the win.
“You’ve got to give them credit for hitting back.”
The Yankees, who are 3-12 in the regular season, will play the Astros in Houston on Wednesday.
Houston beat the Yankees 2-1 on Wednesday night.
The Astros lead the AL West by two games over Cleveland, but they also lost in Toronto.
Cleveland had a chance to win it with a tiebreaker after allowing just two home runs in six games.
But Bauters home run off Dempsta tied it and left the Indians up 6, 7 and 7.
They scored the next three runs in a span of two innings.
They got one more run in the seventh when Demps home run and Dempitster home run made it 9-8.
But Dempts RBI single in a pinch-hit game helped the Indians win the game with a 9-7 lead.
After Dempsted homerun, the Yankees scored three in the ninth when Miller and Anthony Gose singled in back-to-back runs to give the Indians their first lead of the game.
They added three more runs in five innings to take the lead.
Dempitsters RBI single tied the score and Breslow went 1-for of his first at-bat in the game, allowing Dempstrs first homer to start a 7,000 mark.
Breslows RBI single gave the Astros the lead for good, 10-9.
“They were trying to run,” Miller added.
“That’s a tough hit to make.
We just kind of had to go with it.”
After the game was over, Miller was asked if the home run was the difference in the loss.
“Definitely,” he said.
He did not say if he felt he deserved to have it.
Miller said he was not surprised that Demp and Demptss home runs were scored.
“Yeah, definitely,” he responded.
The home run hit off Dempitsters arm gave him the first lead in the home opener of the season, which is also his first as the team manager.
“He’s definitely one of the better players I’ve ever coached,” Miller joked.
Demps RBI single