CLEVELAND (AP)—Kelly Shoppach was too tired and disappointed to celebrate his record night.
Cleveland’s catcher tied a major league mark with five extra-base hits, including a game-tying homer in the ninth, but the Indians lost 14-12 to the Detroit Tigers in 13 innings Wednesday night.
“I don’t know about any records and I’m too tired to think about it,” Shoppach said after the grueling game that went 5 hours, 33 minutes, used 16 dozen baseballs and had 526 total pitches.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland called it one of the most memorable wins in his long career. It came on a day the Tigers traded veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez to the New York Yankees, fell behind to All-Star Cliff Lee 8-1, and got out of bases-loaded jams in the ninth, 10th and 12th innings.
“It was one heck of a freak win,” Leyland said.
Shoppach had two homers, three doubles and drove in three runs as the eighth player to get five extra-base hits in a game. Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau was the only other AL player to do it, with a homer and four doubles on July 14, 1946, for Cleveland at Boston. Shawn Green of the Los Angeles Dodgers last accomplished the feat with four homers and a double on May 23, 2002.
Shoppach had a chance for a great ending to his big game, but struck out on a 3-2 pitch from Casey Fossum with the bases loaded and no outs in the 12th.
“I can’t take personal gain in a loss like this,” Shoppach said, adding that he thought he swung at a bad pitch in the 12th. “It would be a lot different in this clubhouse if we had won.”
Fossum (2-0) then got Andy Marte to hit into a double play. The left-hander allowed one runner in the bottom of the 13th before getting the final out at 12:41 a.m.
“It was a huge win. It seems we were meant to win this game no matter what,” Fossum said as teammates danced to blaring music in the clubhouse—just 11 hours before having to take the field for the fourth game of the series.
Carlos Guillen singled with one out off Juan Rincon (2-3), the Indians’ seventh pitcher, in the 13th. Guillen took third on Curtis Granderson’s fifth hit, a single to right. Placido Polanco grounded to third, scoring Guillen, and Granderson later scored on a throwing error by first baseman Ryan Garko.
Detroit had 22 hits and the Indians had 19. Both teams stranded 14 runners.
“We battled hard, but had opportunities late and have got to push across a run there,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
The Tigers traded Rodriguez for reliever Kyle Farnsworth—then showed why they needed bullpen help.
Fernando Rodney, who has one career save and is now the Tigers’ closer, gave up the tying homer to Shoppach with one out in the ninth.
Brandon Inge, who took Rodriguez’s spot at catcher, homered for the Tigers.
The Tigers fell behind 8-1, but rallied against Lee, who was seeking to become the major leagues’ first 15-game winner.
The Indians led 11-7 in the eighth and reliever Edward Mujica got the first two outs before Detroit scored four runs to tie it. After Marcus Thames had an RBI double and Magglio Ordonez singled home a run off Mujica, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double high off the wall in left to make it 11-all.
Polanco hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to give Detroit a 12-11 lead before Shoppach tied it in the bottom half.
After Detroit pulled to 8-7 in the sixth, Francisco and Shoppach both hit their 10th homers in the bottom of the inning off Aquilino Lopez to put Cleveland up 11-7.
Lee gave up 10 hits and six runs in five innings. The left-hander remained 14-2 as he tries to become Cleveland’s first 20-game winner since Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry went 21-13 in 1974.
The Tigers purchased the contract of C Dane Sardinha from Triple-A Toledo. Detroit will need to make another roster move when Farnsworth reports to the club. … Leyland said RHP Todd Jones may go on the DL. “He told the trainer he felt something,” Leyland said. … Indians 2B Asdrubal Cabrera had his first four-hit game. … It was Francisco’s first multihomer game. … Tigers starter Nate Robertson gave up eight runs and nine hits over three innings. He is 0-2 in seven starts since beating San Diego on June 21. … Fossum also got out of a no-out bases-loaded jam in the fifth against the Indians on July 9 in an 8-6 win.