Cleveland blew a 4-0 eighth-inning lead in a 7-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins in 11 innings to open the season. On Tuesday, they gave up a 6-4 lead in the ninth and lost 7-6 in 15 innings.
However, the Indians got their first victory Wednesday as seven players drove in at least one run and the ragged bullpen held on for an 11-4 victory in the finale against the Twins.
“We played three good ballgames,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “Obviously, we gave two of them away late. … In terms of the way we played these three games, I’m very pleased.”
Cleveland had 10 or more hits in each game, finishing the series with 45 and a .317 average.
Reliever Chad Durbin, who gave up the game-winning homer Monday night, worked 4 2-3 innings for the win Wednesday. He allowed two runs and five hits in his first victory since 2001, when he was a starter for the Royals.
Kansas City already knows a little something about comebacks after splitting a two-game series with the Chicago White Sox. The Royals won the opener 9-7 on Monday, scoring six times for the biggest ninth-inning comeback in an opener in 103 years.
They followed it, though, with a 4-3 loss on Wednesday, ending their chances to repeat last season’s 9-0 start, rocketed them into the AL Central lead for much of the season befeore eventually faltering.
“Hey, you didn’t think it would happen every single time, did you?” Kansas City manager Tony Pena said.