Cody Anderson made his Major League debut, tossing 7.2 shutout innings before the bullpen kept the Tampa Bay Rays stymied for nine innings and the offense finally tallied a run to give the Indians a 1-0 walk-off win on Sunday.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, with the game deadlocked at zero, Roberto Perez and Jason Kipnis started the inning with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. After Francisco Lindor lined out to left field and Michael Brantley was intentionally walked, David Murphy hit a game-winning, sacrifice fly to center field. Perez was able to slide under Kevin Kiemaier’s throw for the only run of the game.
The win marks the first walk-off victory of the season for the Indians and first since Sept. 5, 2014 in a 2-1 win over Chicago-AL, when Murphy hit a RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Anderson is now one of four Indians hurlers since 1914 to register 7.2-or-more scoreless innings in his MLB debut. He joins Scott Lewis (Sept. 10, 2008), Luis Tiant (July 19, 1964) and Ray Benge (Sept. 26, 1925). It marks the longest debut outing by a Tribe hurler since Lewis went 8.0 innings on Sept. 10, 2008 at Baltimore.
W: Cody Allen (1-2)
L: Kevin Jepsen (1-5)
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