Through eight innings, it looked like the Indians were going to come away from their home opener with a quick, clean victory. Unfortunately, Chris Perez happened in the ninth inning, in which the Tribe's closer walked two and gave up three hits in allowing three runs in less than a full inning of work.
After Perez blew the save, the Indians and Blue Jays gave the Opening Day crowd seven extra innings of free baseball, including some excitement in the 13th inning when the benches cleared after Shin-Soo Choo, who was plunked earlier in the game, had his tower buzzed.
But the fans would go home unhappy after Blue Jays' catcher J.P. Arencibia belted his first hit in seven at bats over the wall in left for a three-run homer of Jair Asencio in the top half of the 16th inning. The Indians couldn't make a comeback similar to the one the Blue Jays made in the ninth in the bottom half of the 16th.
Perez's blown save blew more than just an Indians win; he also blew Justin Masterson's masterful gem of an outing, in which Masterson struck out 10 hitters in eight innings of one-run ball.