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June 25, 2014

Tribe falls in 14

Indians can't hold 2-run lead in 11th

PHOENIX — Aaron Hill singled in Gerardo Parra from third in the 14th inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 9-8 victory over Cleveland Indians just past midnight Wednesday morning in a game that matched the longest in Chase Field history.

Parra tied his career high with five hits in a game that saw Cleveland tie it with a run in the ninth and both teams score two in the 11th.

At 5 hours, 32 minutes, the game matched the Diamondbacks’ 10-9 win against St. Louis on April 3, 2013.

Parra singled off Mark Lowe (0-1), the Indians’ 10th pitcher. He stole second and advanced to third on a fly ball.

Carlos Santana’s two-run homer put Cleveland up 8-6 in the 11th.

David Peralta homered in the bottom of the inning and Ender Inciarte’s RBI single tied it.

Josh Collmenter (6-4), usually a starter and the ninth pitcher for Arizona, pitched a scoreless 14th.

In the 13th, Jason Kipnis hit one off the wall in center and tried to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run but was easily out on the relay throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius to catcher Miguel Montero.

Addison Reed blew his third save in 20 tries when he walked two Cleveland batters in the ninth, then gave up an RBI single to Yan Gomes to tie it at 6-6.

Cleveland went ahead 8-6 in the 11th when Randall Delgado walked Michael Brantley and Santana homered down the right-field line.

But in the Arizona half of the inning, the rookie Peralta homered off Bryan Shaw. Gregorius walked and went to third on Tuffy Gosewich’s pinch-hit single off John Axford. Inciarte followed with his RBI single and it was 8-8.

Axford, the closer until Cody Allen took the job earlier this season, blew his third save in 12 chances.

Arizona rallied from three runs down to take a 6-5 lead on Hill’s RBI single in the sixth.

Inciarte had four hits, walked, drove in two and scored twice. Montero had two RBIs on a pair of opposite-field hits.

Cleveland threatened in the 12th when Lonnie Chisenhall led off with a double off Matt Stites. Ryan Raburn walked and the runners moved to third and second on David Murphy’s sacrifice bunt. But Stites struck out Michael Bourn looking and Asdrubal Cabrera hit one back to the mound to end the threat.

Trailing 5-2 after three innings, the Diamondbacks got two in fourth, then one in the fifth to tie it at 5-5.

In the sixth, Parra got caught in a rundown but barely evaded the tag to get back to second, Hill singled to center off Vinnie Pestano to bring him home and put Arizona up, 6-5.

Chisenhall’s two-run triple to deep left-center highlighted Cleveland’s four-run second.

The Diamondbacks came back with two in the fourth. With the bases loaded, Paul Goldschmidt brought one run home with a fielder’s choice grounder and Montero followed with an opposite-field RBI single to left to cut Cleveland’s lead to 5-4.

Arizona tied it at 5-5 in the fifth when Martin Prado scored on Gregorius’ bunt.

NOTES — When Joe Thatcher came on with the bases loaded and retired the side without a run in the fifth, it was the first time in the left-hander’s career that he came into a bases-loaded, no-out situation and retired the side without allowing a run. ... In the finale of the brief series tonight, Cleveland sends RH Corey Kluber (6-5, 3.30 ERA) to the mound, while Arizona goes with RH Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.18). ... It was Hill’s 10th career walkoff hit. ... Arizona left 19 on base, Cleveland 12.

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