There was no ceremonial first pitch by Johnny Manziel. But there were extra innings and a rain delay. Regardless, the Cleveland Indians left Wednesday night's game happy, winners of six straight after Asdrubal Cabrera's walk-off, three-homer in the 12th inning gave them a 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox.
Their winning streak has pulled the Indians out of the cellar in the AL Central, brought their record to a more respectable 30-30 and vaulted the Tribe into third place. The win gave the Indians a three-game sweep of the Red Sox, which came after a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Nothing like a 6-0 homestand to get a team back in the middle of the pack. Before this, the Indians hadn't been .500 since April 24.
After the 2 1/2 hour rain delay and the game, extra-innings hero Cabrera told MLB.com's Jordan Bastian:
"Oh my God, yeah. That was a long day for us. It was really good to win a game like this."
On the fiip side, the streaky Red Sox lost their third game in a row. Before that, they had won seven games in a row. Before that, they lost 10 straight.
BLUE JAYS KEEP WINNING, TIGERS KEEP LOSING: The Toronto Blue Jays kept up their winning ways, topping the Detroit Tigers 8-2 behind three-hit days from Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista. It was the fourth straight win for the Jays and the fourth straight loss for the Tigers.
The Tigers brief skid has helped tighten up the AL Central, where the streaking Indians have risen to third place while the second-place Chicago White Sox are now three games back. Even the last-place Kansas City Royals are only five games behind the Tigers. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays continue to sit atop the AL East standings and have a 4 1/2 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles.
SLUGGING A'S BEAT YANKEES AGAIN: The home-run hitting Oakland A's of 2014 have gone into Yankee Stadium and won three straight games. The A's topped the Yanks 7-4, as Yoenis Cespedes hit two homers and Josh Donaldson hit one in the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie. The A's go for the four-game sweep Thursday, but have a tough day ahead of them. They're facing New York's ace/rookie Masahiro Tanaka (8-1, 2.06). The A's, owners of the best record in the AL at 37-22, are riding a five-game winning streak at the moment.
D-BACKS POUND ROCKIES: The Arizona Diamondbacks tied a season-high with 21 hits, lighting up the scoreboard in a 16-8 walloping of the Colorado Rockies. The game was actually closer than the score suggests for most of the night. The D-backs trailed 8-5 going into the eighth inning, but scored six runs in the eighth and five in the ninth. Thanks, Coors Field.
For the rest of Wednesday's results, check out our scoreboard.
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