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Indians escape sweep as 'home' series ends

April 13th, 2007 12:06 am by Associated Press



MILWAUKEE - After taking two out of three games from the Los Angeles Angels in their retractable-roof refuge from the snow, the Cleveland Indians are ready for a real home opener - no matter how cold, wet and miserable it gets at Jacobs Field.


"Road trip to Cleveland this weekend," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.


Travis Hafner's three-run homer in the eighth inning powered the Indians to a 4-2 comeback victory over the Angels at Miller Park on Thursday, in the finale of a series that was moved from Cleveland to Milwaukee after snow wiped out the Indians' four-game series against the Seattle Mariners.


"The way these guys came out here and competed and battled against a good club after being off, I don't think you can ask for a whole lot more," Wedge said.


The Indians return to Cleveland for what should be their true home opener against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, but they might get another chilly reception. The weekend weather forecast in Cleveland calls for a mixture of rain and snow with high temperatures in the low 40s.


The Angels took a 2-1 lead on two eighth-inning errors. But Scott Shields (0-1) walked the first two batters he faced in the bottom half and Hafner hit a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right field for his first home run of the year.


Shields threw a fastball after he fell behind Hafner, hoping he would take the pitch.


"He didn't miss it," Shields said. "He'll make you pay for your mistakes."


Aaron Fultz (2-0) finished the eighth inning for his second win. Joe Borowski pitched the ninth for his third save.


Angels starter Dustin Moseley and Indians starter Jeremy Sowers cruised through the first five innings, holding both teams scoreless, but neither factored in the decision.


The Brewers announced a crowd of 17,090 for Thursday's game, bringing the three-game series total to 52,496.


Although the venue change was more jarring for Cleveland than it was for Los Angeles - the Angels were going to be on the road either way - both teams tried to make the best of an odd situation.


Angels traveling secretary Tom Taylor and communications manager Eric Kay dressed in sausage mascot costumes to run in Miller Park's famous sausage race in the bottom of the sixth inning on Thursday.


"Honestly, that was one of the top-five coolest things this job has afforded me - easily," Kay said.



BALTIMORE - Jay Gibbons, who fouled out with two runners on base in the eighth, lined an opposite-field single to left with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th off Jason Standridge (0-1).


Only 13,229 showed up on a chilly night, the second-smallest crowd in the 16-year history of Camden Yards.


Chris Ray (1-1) worked a perfect 10th to earn the win.



TORONTO - Brandon Inge homered and drove in three runs, and Mike Maroth (2-0) limited Toronto to two runs and nine hits in six innings as Detroit won for the fifth time in six games.


Joel Zumaya pitched two innings for his first save.


Tomo Ohka (0-1) allowed five runs - four earned - and eight hits in six innings.



MINNEAPOLIS - Justin Morneau homered off Brian Stokes (0-2) leading off the bottom of the ninth.


Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist led off the top half with a single off Joe Nathan (1-0), and Carl Crawford lined a double into the right-field corner.


Crawford headed for third after Zobrist stopped at the bag, and the two teammates met each other on the base as Michael Cuddyer's throw from right field was cut off by second baseman Luis Castillo.


Castillo turned and threw home to catcher Joe Mauer, who chased down Zobrist and tagged him out. Crawford broke back for second, and Mauer threw him out for a 9-4-2-6 double play.


AP-CS-04-12-07 2303EDT


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