CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox and Indians waited so long to start, Johnny Manziel went home. The Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback was supposed to throw out the first pitch, but demigods don’t do rain delays, especially when they last 2 hours, 28 minutes.
Imagine if Manziel had been scheduled to stick around for the postgame show. He would have needed a note to stay out past curfew from his new coach, Mike Pettine.
The result: With the Red Sox employing a five-man infield in the bottom of the 12th, Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run home run off Edward Mujica, giving the Indians a walk-off 7-4 win at 2:02 a.m. Boston, which lost all three games here, has been swept five times this season and has lost six times in walk-off fashion.
The Indians reached .500 with their sixth straight win. They have five walk-off wins, two in the past four days. The Sox led just once in three days in Cleveland. They are now five games under .500 again and 8 1/2 games behind Toronto, their biggest deficit of the season.
Can you spell DFA? Mujica probably is living on borrowed time. His earned run average is a horrific 7.28, as he has allowed 17 earned runs in just 21 innings. He has given up 28 hits and seven walks, and the home run by Cabrera was the fifth he has surrendered. With the Sox having lots of options in Triple-A, Mujica might soon be looking at a DFA (designated for assignment). He saved 37 games for the Cardinals last season; he looks like he won’t be able to save himself here.
The recap: The game began at 9:33 p.m. It entered extra innings at 1:01 a.m. The last game on the West Coast went final with the Sox batting in the top of the 10th. The 12th pitcher of the night, Koji Uehara, came on in the bottom of the 10th. The grounds crew made an encore appearance before the top of the 11th. Mujica, the 14th pitcher of the night, came out for the Cleveland 12th.
The guy who bangs the drum all night went silent. Turns out he was just napping. The drum began beating again when Jason Kipnis drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 11th from Uehara, who usually doesn’t walk anybody, but usually doesn’t pitch after 1:30 a.m., either.
It was Dollar Dog night, so nobody went hungry, except for maybe the players.
Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski got early dibs on the clubhouse spread because he was ejected in the sixth inning, after Cabrera drew a four-pitch walk. Pierzynski was tossed right after asking for a new ball from plate umpire Quinn Wolcott.
Mookie Betts, the hot prospect playing just his second game in Pawtucket after being promoted to Triple-A, hit a game-winning home run in the 11th inning in Durham. Betts homered around the same time David Ortiz hit his 13th home run of the season, a two-run shot off hot Indians pitcher Corey Kluber in the top of the sixth.
Ortiz’s home run gave the Sox their first lead in three games. They’d fallen behind 1-0 in the first when center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and Stephen Drew both hailed cabs at the same time, allowing Cabrera’s shallow fly to fall between them. Cabrera stole second and scored on Michael Brantley’s base hit up the middle, putting Brandon Workman in an early hole.
The Sox's lead didn’t make it to the seventh-inning stretch. Workman walked Cabrera and Brantley singled to open the sixth, prompting manager John Farrell to summon reliever Chris Capuano. Jason Kipnis singled home a run and Lonnie Chisenhall lay down a perfect bunt single, loading the bases for David Murphy’s two-run single. The Tribe led 4-2.
The Sox tied it in the seventh with two runs off Kluber. It took only Daniel Nava’s first big league hit since April 21. Drew, down 0-and-2 in the count, walked, and Nava grounded a single to left. Bradley bunted them over, and Brock Holt, who seems to have become the key to the whole Sox enterprise, followed with a two-run single.