Rookies Hinske, Phelps, Wells power Jays


CLEVELAND (AP) -- It was tough to tell which Toronto rookie --
Josh Phelps, Eric Hinske or Brian Bowles -- had the most fun Monday

Phelps, Hinske and Vernon Wells each homered and drove in three
runs, and Bowles got his first major league win as the Blue Jays
beat the Cleveland Indians 11-9.

''It's the first time I've ever played in September and I'm
enjoying it,'' Hinske said. ''And Josh, that's like A-Rod type
stuff he's doing.''

Jim Thome hit his 44th home run to help the Indians overcome a
6-0 deficit. He extended his streak of reaching base to 38
consecutive games, the longest current string in the majors.

Thome added an RBI double in the seventh, giving him 100 RBI in
four straight seasons and six of the last seven.

Phelps' two-run shot off Carl Sadler (1-1) snapped a 7-7 tie in
the seventh. Hinske's two-run single off Jarrod Riggan later in the
inning made it 11-7.

Bowles (1-1) allowed two runs in one inning of relief and
admitted it was not how he envisioned getting win No. 1.

''Not exactly,'' he said. ''Obviously, I would have liked to
pitch better, but I'll take it.''

Kelvim Escobar struck out three in the ninth for his 30th save
in 37 opportunities, fanning Josh Bard with two on to end it.

Hinske doubled to start a four-run first against Jaret Wright.
Hinske scored on a single by Wells, who stole second and scored on
a double by Carlos Delgado for a 2-0 lead.

Phelps had an RBI double and scored on a single by Thomas Wilson
to make it 4-0.

''He's been a big factor in our offense,'' Blue Jays manager
Carlos Tosca said of Phelps, who has 36 RBI in his last 26 games
and is batting .305 since being called up July 2.

Wells hit a two-run homer, his 20th, to make it 6-0 in the

Wright allowed six runs and seven hits in two innings, though
his ERA at Jacobs Field in 2002 actually dropped. The right-hander,
who has struggled with arm injuries for two seasons, has a 37.13
ERA at home this year.

''They hit him hard,'' Indians interim manager Joel Skinner
said. ''Basically, he left a lot of balls over the middle of the

Hinske made it 7-1 with a homer leading off the fourth against
reliever Jason Davis. Hinske's 21st homer set a Blue Jays rookie
record, breaking the mark of 20 set by Fred McGriff in 1987.

''It feels great,'' Hinske said. ''It's an honor just to be
mentioned with Fred McGriff.''

Davis allowed one run and three hits over four innings in his
major league debut, retiring the last eight he faced. He was called
up earlier in the day from Double-A Akron.

''I can't describe how nervous I was,'' Davis said. ''I got rid
of the butterflies, but it took a while.''

Lee Stevens' three-run homer off Toronto starter Pete Walker
capped the Indians' four-run fourth.

One run scored on a groundout by Karim Garcia before Stevens hit
his fifth homer since being acquired from Montreal in the deal that
sent Bartolo Colon to the Expos. It was Stevens' 15th homer overall
this season.

''I need a few more of them,'' Stevens said. ''The big thing
tonight was how we came back, showed character. We lost it at the
end, but battled. That's a good sign.''

Walker allowed five runs and six hits in five innings and was
helped by three double plays.

Thome, who went 3-for-3, opened the sixth with a 412-foot shot
off reliever Jason Kershner to make it 7-6. An RBI single by Bill
Selby later in the inning tied it.

Garcia's RBI double made it 11-9 in the seventh.

Game notes
Hinske, Wells, Delgado and Phelps went a combined 10-for-19
with eight runs and 10 RBI. ... Garcia, who was named AL player of
the week Monday, went 2-for-5 and has hit safely in 15 of 16 games.
... Indians OF Milton Bradley left after two innings with a
strained left oblique muscle. ... Toronto 2B Orlando Hudson left in
the sixth with flulike symptoms. ... Toronto is 30-28 since the
All-Star break.