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Tribe explodes with 3 homers, Whip Angels, 6-5

Bourne provides a spark

By RAY ROBINSON | 8/11/2013, 8:19 p.m.
Carlos Santana walked to start off the ninth inning PHOTO BY RAY ROBINSON

After being down by five runs, the Indians, who have been struggling of late, exploded for six quick ones, beating the Angels 6- 5 during a slugfest at Progressive Field Sunday afternoon.

Home run bombs were the answer to doing away with the pesky Angels as the Tribe hit 3 dingers to save the game and to also save face after losing a 4-game series to Detroit and then dropping the first two games of a 3-game series against the Angels.

The Tigers treated the Indians like 98-pound weaklings, kicking sand in their faces and stealing the girl of their dreams. In this case, the girl was first place in the AL Central and now the hopes of that happening in reality is nothing more than a dream. Even the hope of grabbing a wild-card spot has turned into a nightmare for them as well.

Still, the boys refused to lie down and be victims. On Sunday, they played awfully bad early on. Nothing seemed to go their way. Asdrubal Cabrera had been ejected from the game in the second inning for arguing balls and strikes with the plate umpire. Starting pitcher, Justin Masterson, got his block knocked off by Angels hitters and the score was 5-0 in favor of the Angels. Masterson even dropped the ball once while winding up. All this, and it was only the sixth inning.

Cleveland manager, Terry Francona, must have opened up a few cans of spinach and offered up one hell of a motivational speech because in the the bottom of the sixth inning center fielder, MIchael Bourne got things stoked with a leadoff single, followed by a Nick Swisher homer, bringing the Tribe closer with the score standing at 5-2.

Next, Jason Kipnis got walked and Mike Aviles, who was in substituting for the ejected Cabrera, hit a home run. Angels 5, Indians 4.

Carlos Santana led off the seventh with a blast over the wall. Lonnie Chissenhall got walked and then moved to second on a Drew Stubbs single to center field. Bourne lined a hot one that dropped into left field scoring Chissenhall. Tribe 6, Angels 5.

Neith team could do anything after that.

Ironically, Bourne was the conductor of both scoring drives after suffering through a hitting slump that had gotten to be a bit of a problem. He was 9-50 in his last 12 games. "We had had enough. The Detroit losses really hurt us. The whole home stand wasn't good, but today we won. Thank goodness" said Bourne.

Masterson gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. In 4 2/3 innings of work, he threw 101 pitches, striking out five.

The Tribe goes on the road for 9 games starting Monday night against the Minnesota Twins.