Indians' Brantley drives in winner in 16th innings

Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:54am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Left fielder Michael Brantley's RBI single in the bottom of the 16th inning gave Cleveland a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

With one out in the bottom of the 16th, second baseman Jose Ramirez singled off right-hander Branden Pinder (0-2).

Shortstop Francisco Lindor then singled, moving Ramirez to second before Brantley lined a 1-0 pitch past first baseman Mark Teixeira for a single to bring Ramirez home.

"It was a long night and a lot of things happened, but it was fun to be a part of it," said Indians manager Terry Francona.

The game had been tied 2-2 after nine innings.

After the Yankees took a 4-2 lead in the top of the 10th inning, the Indians rallied to tie it in the bottom half, forcing Andrew Miller's first blown save of the season. He had been 24-for-24 in save opportunities coming into the game.

"It stinks," said Miller. "I put us in a terrible situation.

"I had a chance to close out the game and I didn't do it. I feel bad that I let us down, with the game won. I screwed up."

Girardi said he was confident when he brought Miller into the game.   Continued...

Aug 11, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (23) doubles in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field. David Richard-USA TODAY Sports