Indians ride a marathon roller coaster in loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 3:39 am •  Published: June 25, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Cleveland Indians took a marathon roller coaster ride in Arizona.

They looked like they'd win, they were on the brink of losing, then they were up again.

Finally, in a game that matched the longest in Chase Field history, they dropped a 9-8 decision to the Diamondbacks in 14 innings.

In the wee hours of Wednesday, Aaron Hill singled off Mark Lowe — the 10th pitcher used by Cleveland — to bring home Gerardo Parra with the winning run.

"Just the way the guys fought, battled, came back," said Cleveland starter Justin Masterson, who came out in the fifth inning then watched his team play nine more. "Unfortunately it didn't go our way at the tail end of it, but it wasn't for a lack of effort. We gave it everything we had."

The Indians dropped their fourth in a row, coming off a three-game sweep at home by the Detroit Tigers over the weekend.

At 5 hours, 32 minutes, it matched the longest game in Chase Field history. The other was a 10-9 Diamondbacks' win over St. Louis on April 3, 2013.

"It felt like seven (hours)," Arizona's Miguel Montero said. "The game was slow anyway. Through seven it was like a three-hour game already. We had to play the extra innings and that made it longer. If we have to play 10 hours just to get the win, we will take it."

Parra tied his career high with five hits in a game that saw Cleveland tie it with a run in the ninth and both teams score two in the 11th.

Parra singled off Lowe (0-1), stole second and advanced to third on a fly ball. Lowe said Hill hit a bad slider.

"Just left it up a little bit," Lowe said. "He took some bad swings on some sliders before that. I had a good one going tonight so I was going to go with it."

Carlos Santana's two-run homer put Cleveland up 8-6 in the 11th.

David Peralta homered in the bottom of the inning and Ender Inciarte's RBI single tied it.

Josh Collmenter (6-4), usually a starter and the ninth pitcher for Arizona, pitched a scoreless 14th.

In the 13th, Jason Kipnis hit one off the wall in center and tried to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run but was easily out on the perfect relay throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius to the catcher Montero.

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