Game 14: Indians 8, Orioles 3

10-4. In your most optimistic moment, did you ever think this would be the Indians' record after 14 games?

The Tribe offense staked Josh Tomlin to a comfortable lead, and Tomlin did enough to keep the game in hand. Carlos Santana was back in the lineup, and though he went 0-3, his walk in the second inning started the offense going. LGFT Jeremy Guthrie gave up two runs in that second inning, the second one on a Matt LaPorta double into the left field gap.

Unlike in previous games, the Indians kept scoring after their early tallies. In the third inning, Shin-Soo Choo hit an impressive opposite-field homer, and after Carlos Santana flew out, the Indians started to trade runners at second base. By the time the inning was over, the Indians were up 6-1, an easy win set up for Tomlin and the bullpen — but Tomlin didn't entirely make it easy. In the fifth, he gave up a home run to LGFT Luke Scott, then had to retire Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis to get out of a bases-loaded jam. He worked around a leadoff single in the sixth.

Vinnie Pestano gave up his first run of the season in the seventh inning, putting the Orioles within three with 2.5 innings to play. But Orlando Cabrera gave the Indians some breathing room with a two-out, two-run homer off of Mike Gonzalez in the seventh. Tony Sipp and Chad Durbin finished things off. 

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via www.fangraphs.com

Highest WPA Lowest WPA
LaPorta .126 Brantley -.071
Buck .117 Hannahan -.053
Granpabrera .099 Babybrera -.040
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