Indians rally past Rays, 11-10
CLEVELAND — Trailing by 10 runs, Victor Martinez told his Cleveland Indians teammates they could win.
Martinez, in an 0-for-18 slump, backed up his words by lining a two-out, two-run single to cap a seven-run ninth inning that gave the Indians an 11-10 win over the Tampa Bay Rays last night.
"You never know what's going to happen," Martinez said after his hit off Jason Isringhausen (0-1) ruined the Rays night, which began with the much-awaited season debut of starter David Price. The left-hander was staked to a 10-0 lead but ran his pitch count up and lasted only 3 1/3 innings.
"When he came out, I said, 'Go out there and be a tough out, and just keep battling,' " Martinez said. "That's what we did."
The Indians became the first team to make up a 10-run deficit and win since the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers, 16-15, on May 8, 2004, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Jeremy Sowers (1-2) pitched five scoreless innings for the win in his first relief appearance after 51 career starts.
Ryan Garko's two-run homer off Price in the fourth started the comeback. His three-run shot in the ninth off Grant Balfour made it 10-7.
Isringhausen (0-1) walked the first three men he faced, forcing in one run to make it 10-8. Martinez then lined a 3-2 pitch to center and was mobbed by teammates in Cleveland's biggest win of a disappointing season.