Cleveland Indians notch ninth walk-off of 2016 with dramatic rally to beat Miami Marlins
The Indians completed a sweep of the Marlins on Sunday with a three-run rally that Lonnie Chisenhall capped with a walk-off RBI single in the ninth. The Tribe’s AL Central lead remains 5.5 games after the Tigers beat the Royals earlier in the day.
The Tribe entered the gme 62-3 when leading after seven innings, but the Marlins rallied for a run off Bryan Shaw in the eighth and two off Andrew Miller in the ninth to hand their closer, Fernando Rodney, the ball with a 5-3 lead.
But Rodney walked the bases loaded – Brandon Guyer, Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli (punch run for by Michael Martinez). Jose Ramirez followed with a two-run single, and Chisenhall pulled a line-drive single to right for the winner.
Down, 2-0, in the seventh, the Indians scored three, on Abraham Almonte’s RBI infield single and Jason Kipnis’ two-run single. But JT Realmuto homered in the eighth and Ichiro doubled home Miguel Rojas in the ninth, before Martin Prado’s sac fly made it 5-3.
Jose Ramirez had four hits for the Tribe, and since Aug. 1 is hitting .354 and slugging .560. His double sparked the Indians three-run rally in the seventh. Tribe starter Danny Salazar struck out a career-high-tying 11 batters in 5.2 innings; he’s whiffed a combined 21 batters in his last two starts.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor