Thanks to Murphy’s three-RBI day and his sparkling glovework, the Tribe were able to steal the rubber game with Michael Brantley’s second walk-off homer of the season, his 16th of the year. With the win, the Tribe found themselves right back in the Wild Card picture, sitting only three games out of the second spot.
If you didn’t know already, Yu Darvish (7 INN/4 H/1 ER/8 SO/2 BB) showed again that he is the real deal. He was slicing and dicing the Tribe bats with a wicked slurve that made it look like that his effort would help the Rangers enough to salvage a game in the series. Trevor Bauer (7.1 INN/6 H/3 ER/4 SO/4 BB) did his job, holding the Rangers at bay after a wild second inning. Tribe pitching would then shut the Rangers down for ten straight innings, and deserves huge kudos in an effort that allowed the Indians to steal a big game.
A big momentum swing happened in the form of an unlikely 4-6-5 double play in the seventh inning that prevented the Rangers from padding their 3-1 lead. It seemed like if the Indians needed a spark to get themselves back into it, that was it.
Two innings later, David Murphy greeted Rangers former-closer-turned-current closer Neftali Perez with a two run shot that tied the game 3-3. It was Murphy’s seventh dinger on the season.
The Indians had the bases-loaded, one out in the 11th, but didn’t score.
No matter. Leading off in the 12th inning is Michael Brantley.
Bang. Right field. Game over.