CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Indians did the only thing left to do after another short start and long day for the bullpen.
They produced a 5-4 walk-off victory over Seattle on Saturday afternoon in the 10th inning at Progressive Field. The Indians won it when the ghost runner — Cesar Hernandez — scored from third on a throwing error by reliever Paul Sewald. With the bases loaded, Harold Ramirez sent a picture-perfect 1-2-3 double play grounder back to Sewald, but he made a high throw to catcher Tom Murphy as Hernandez slid to the inside part of the plate and slapped it with his hand.
Hernandez started the 10th as the automatic runner on second base. Amed Rosario singled to right center, but Hernandez stopped at third after making sure the ball wasn’t caught. Jose Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases and bring Harold Ramirez to the plate. He sent a tapper back to the mound, but instead of frustration it produced victory.
The win went to James Karinchak, who pitched the 10th. He was the seventh reliever used by the Indians.
Pinch-hitter Bobby Bradley, with the Indians down to their last out in the ninth, started the game-tying rally with a broken-bat bloop single to right that scored Bradley Zimmer to make it 4-2. Catcher Rene Rivera followed with a two-run double off the wall in left against closer Rafael Montero to tie at 4-4.