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Indians blow three-run lead in 10th to lose ninth straight

Aug 5, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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After taking a backseat for 3 1/2 months, Pythagoras has given the Indians quite a beatdown lately.

The Indians scored three times in the top of the 10th, only to give up five runs in the bottom of the inning and lose 10-8 to the Tigers on Sunday. It was their ninth consecutive defeat.

Miguel Cabrera supplied the walkoff two-run homer after Chris Perez had already allowed three runs and blown the save.

The blown save was Perez’s third. He’s handled the tough chances exceptionally well, going 11-for-11 protecting one-run leads. However, he’s now blown a pair of three-run leads and one two-run lead.

The Indians got their lead in the 10th on back-to-back homers from Travis Hafner and Ezequiel Carrera. It was Carrera’s first homer in 214 major league at-bats. He went 7-for-12 in the series after replacing Johnny Damon in Cleveland’s outfield.

The Indians are now 50-58 on the season. They spent much of the first half of the season over .500 despite a negative run differential. As bad as they’ve played lately, they currently have the worst run differential in the entire American League at -90 (458 runs scored, 548 allowed).

  1. kkolchak - Aug 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    So when does it catch up with the Orioles?

  2. tigers182 - Aug 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Best game of the year.

    • seeinred87 - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Amazing… I couldn’t have asked for a better game to take a friend that had never been to CoPa to.

      During that rally in the 10th, the place seemed louder than it had been all afternoon. This was despite 70%(Maybe? I have no idea, but it was a lot) of the crowd leaving earlier.

      I’ll never understand leaving a ballgame early because your team’s behind, especially when it’s close.

      I do understand why everyone bolted today though, given that no team anywhere in the world at any level ever in history has ever scored 3 runs in an inning.

  3. stairwayto7 - Aug 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Chris Perez talking crap about Pirates a few months look at who is 8 games below 500! Nioce choke job!

  4. dawgpoundmember - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Si! Mother f*cker!

  5. sweetk24 - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    What else is new the tribe is always in contention until the all star break comes and then it always goes down hill, 2012 another “successful” season for the tribe!!

  6. kalinedrive - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    And That Happened with a three run lead with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the 10th!

  7. vincentbojackson - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Look on the bright side Cleveland fan, the Browns first game is a month away and their ineptness will make the Tribe look a lot better by comparison.

  8. seeinred87 - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    It was just a phenomenal day for a baseball game yesterday in Detroit.

    The sun was shining brightly. The temperature stayed in the mid-80s, which, for my money, is just about perfect baseball weather. There was a nice breeze straight out to left field. There were triples. The top of the Tigers’ lineup just mashed the ball around.

    We got to see one of the most exciting games we’ve seen in a while. It’s just nice to have a day at the park work out like that.

  9. latchbeam - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    It Tribe time!

  10. novanation33 - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Miggy is the best hitter in the game.

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