CLEVELAND (AP) – Roberto Perez slid home with the winning run on David Murphy’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Sunday.
Rays starter Alex Colome retired his first 16 batters, but Cody Anderson kept the game scoreless in his major league debut for the Indians.
Murphy hit a 3-1 pitch from reliever Kevin Jepsen (1-5) to center field. Kevin Kiermaier made a strong throw home on one bounce, but catcher Curt Casali couldn’t come up with the ball as Perez slid across the plate for Cleveland’s first walk-off win of the season.
Perez led off the ninth with a single. Jason Kipnis singled to right, extending his hitting streak to 16 games, and Perez advanced to third.
Perez held at third on Francisco Lindor’s line drive to left that was caught by Joey Butler. Michael Brantley was intentionally…
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