CLEVELAND — Yan Gomes’ single scored Lonnie Chisenhall with the winning run in the 11th inning and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Texas Rangers 5-4 on Wednesday night.
Alex Claudio (1-1) gave up Chisenhall’s double over third base to start the inning. Gomes fouled off a bunt attempt on the first pitch, before bouncing his hit up the middle.
Chisnehall raced home and Gomes, who came into the game batting .171, was mobbed by his teammates after Cleveland’s first walkoff win of the season.
Tom Gorzelanny (1-0), called up from the minors before the game, recorded the final out in the 11th and the Indians avoided a three-game sweep against the AL West leaders.
Juan Uribe’s two-out single in the eighth broke a 3-all tie, but Texas rallied in the ninth off closer Cody Allen, who blew his first save in 12 chances this season.
Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd was suspended 162 games for testing positive a second time for a performance-enhancing drug Wednesday.