The Indians got extra-inning magic again at Progressive Field on Thursday afternoon. Carlos Santana stroked a game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th inning to propel the Indians to a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners, sweeping the short, two-game set.
The Indians needed seven pitchers in the game, as Zach McAllister went five and two-thirds innings, allowing three earned runs. Things looked bleak in the eighth inning with the hometown team down 4-1, but little used Jose Lopez changed all that. He ripped a three-run homer with two outs in that frame. The ball barely left the yard, but it was enough to elevate the spirits of the more than 12,000 fans on hand.
The Tribe’s bullpen kept things tight until the top of the 11th when Michael Saunders drove home the go-ahead run for a 5-4 Mariner lead.
In the bottom of the 11th, Asdrubal Cabrera singled to get the Indians back in it. Then, the hero stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Carlos Santana poked a liner to the outfield and in came the winning run. The Tribe won 6-5 and gets ready to start a weekend, interleague play series against the Miami Marlins on Friday night.