Indians end Tigers’ road winning streak at 11
The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Once he discarded his bat, rounded the bases and tossed his helmet, Michael Brantley was doused with water by his celebrating teammates.
Just like that, a four-game losing streak and a forgettable weekend were washed away.
Brantley homered with two outs in the 10th inning off Al Alburquerque, giving the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over the drowsy Detroit Tigers on Monday night, ending Detroit’s 11-game road winning streak.
Brantley connected on a 3-2 pitch from Alburquerque (1-1), driving it into the Tigers’ bullpen to end Cleveland’s four-game slide. Brantley held onto his bat until he nearly reached first base, unsure if the ball was going to clear the wall.
“I was nervous,” Brantley said. “I didn’t know what do.”
After rounding third, Brantley flung his helmet to the side and received a wet welcome home. He was sprayed with bottles of water and then drenched by a bucket dumped over his head during a postgame interview.
“It was cold,” he said.
It was worth it.
Brantley’s homer warmed the Indians, who have seen errors and losses pile up lately. Over the weekend, they were outscored 30-6 in being swept by Oakland. With the first-place Tigers in town, the Indians couldn’t afford to fall any further in the AL Central, and Brantley gave them a dramatic win in the opener.
“As long as we win, that’s the main thing,” manager Terry Francona said. “But the way it ended — that was great.”
The Tigers arrived just three hours before the first pitch because of travel delays from Boston, had their 11-game road winning streak ended.
“We knew the game would end at some point, and we’d be able to go back and get some sleep,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “We were hoping to go back and get some sleep with a win, but it wasn’t to be.”
The Tigers walked into Progressive Field wearing pajama-like travel suits after their long day. They had been stuck in Boston, where they were forced to spend an extra night due to mechanical problems with their plane.
• New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is expected to miss at least six more weeks with an injured right knee.
The left-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 11. He was examined by Dr. James Andrews last week and had his knee drained. Sabathia also received a cortisone and stem cell injection Thursday to treat a degenerative cartilage condition.
The team confirmed Monday that the procedure means Sabathia likely will remain sidelined through at least the end of June, maybe longer.
The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight starts. He has allowed 10 home runs in 46 innings.
• Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu was prescribed rest for his inflamed left ankle after Monday’s MRI exam showed no structural damage, the first bit of positive news for the injury-riddled club in quite some time.
The 27-year-old rookie, whose 15 homers leads the majors, left Saturday’s game against Houston with a limp in the seventh inning. Abreu was placed on the disabled list Sunday.
• Suspended infielder Miguel Tejada has signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins. Tejada is serving a 105-game suspension he began last year for testing positive for an amphetamine.