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Indians survive A's rally, 9th inning controversy to win again

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Cleveland (WOIO) - Another night, another win for the Indians, but this one included a controversial 9th inning.

With the Indians up 4-3 and Chris Perez on the hill, Adam Rosales belted what initially appeared to be a double off the top of the wall in left center. Replays showed that the ball actually hit off the railing above the wall, qualifying it as a game-tying home run. But home plate umpire John Tumpane, after reviewing the tape, ruled it a double, leading to A's manager Bob Melvin's immediate argument, and ejection.

Perez then walked the bases full, before getting Seth Smith to ground back to the mound to end it.

Justin Masterson started the game, and had only one bad inning, in the fourth, when the A's got to him for three runs. But he quickly settled down again, and went seven innings, giving up just the three runs on four hits, and striking out seven along the way.

His teammates rallied in the 5th, as Michael Brantley brought home Ryan Raburn with a fielder's choice, and Lonnie Chisenhall scored on an error on the play.

By the end of the 6th inning, the Tribe had the lead, as Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana both went deep with solo home runs to put the Tribe up 4-3, leading to the 9th inning dramatics.

 

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