Entering Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Cleveland Indians had not won a game this season in the bottom of the ninth inning. But with the game tied at zero in the home half of the ninth, David Murphy stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a fly ball just deep enough to allow Roberto Perez to tag and score from third.
Cleveland had been held in check all day by Rays pitcher Alex Colome, who allowed just one hit and two walks in seven scoreless innings, but the Indians were able to string together a couple of hits in the ninth against Kevin Jepsen, setting Murphy up with a chance to be the hero.
Kevin Kiermaier's throw was a good one, but catcher Curt Casali was unable to handle it cleanly.
Cleveland improved to 32–36 on the season, while the Rays fell to 40–31. Tampa Bay had won eight of its last nine.
- Dan Gartland