In quite possibly the most unpredictable game of the 2012 baseball season, the Cleveland Indians outlasted the Kansas City Royals 11-9 in 10 innings to pick up their second straight victory and move to 3-4 on the year.
The biggest story of the game came in the third inning, when the opposing benches cleared twice, as Cleveland manager Manny Acta, third baseman Jack Hannahan and starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez were each ejected from the game in a wild sequence.
Cleveland led 9-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth before collapsing down the stretch to force extra innings. Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run double in the top of the tenth off Kansas City's Greg Holland to give the Indians an 11-9 advantage, and closer Chris Perez came in to work a 1-2-3 bottom half for the save.
While the talk over the next day will almost assuredly focus on the altercations on the field, the Indians showed a good deal of mettle by hanging on for the win after they appeared to be losing control of the game. Even on a day when their starter was kicked out of the game after just 20 pitches, it's a promising sign that the Indians were able to scrap together a victory considering the circumstances.