Ninth-inning rally rare for Indians

Ninth-inning rally rare for Indians

BALTIMORE -- The Indians used an eight-run ninth inning to rally for an 8-2 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night. But Cleveland hasn't been a strong ninth-inning team so far this season.

In fact, the Indians had scored only six runs in the ninth inning through their first 33 games this season.

But the eight runs they scored this time was the most the team has gotten in the ninth since an 11-run outburst to beat Kansas City, 13-7, on Aug. 9, 2005.

In addition, the Elias Sports Bureau said that only two other teams have ever scored at least eight times in the ninth inning after not scoring in the first eight. Oakland did it against the Indians on June 5, 1983 (eight runs), and the Phillies got 10 against the Marlins on Sept. 17, 2005.