Series: Game 2 of 3

Toronto leads 2-0 (as of 9/10)

Game 1: Monday, September 9
Toronto 11Final
Cleveland 9
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
Toronto 5Final
Cleveland 4
Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
Toronto 6Final
in 11
Cleveland 5

Blue Jays 5

(65-80, 31-42 away)

Indians 4

(64-80, 34-39 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 10, 2002

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    CLE 000200200 4 - -

    W: B. Bowles (2-1)

    L: M. Wohlers (2-4)

    S: K. Escobar (31)

    Wohlers' throwing error in ninth sinks Indians

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- On a night when a bunch of rookies played like veterans, a veteran made a rookie mistake that cost the Cleveland Indians the game.

    Reliever Mark Wohlers made a throwing error in the ninth inning that allowed Shannon Stewart to score the go-ahead run as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Indians 5-4 Tuesday night.

    With runners on first and second and one out, Vernon Wells smashed a grounder back to Wohlers (2-4), who spun around and made a wild throw to second base.

    Wohlers had plenty of time to wait for shortstop Omar Vizquel to get to second and make the throw, but just rushed it, Indians interim manager Joel Skinner said.

    "I just turned and fired and threw it to nobody,'' Wohlers said. "I knew as soon as I let it go, the result wasn't going to be too good.''

    The Indians and Blue Jays, both rebuilding, have a combined 25 rookies on their rosters. Eleven rookies started Tuesday's game including both starting pitchers. Cleveland was mathematically eliminated from contention with the loss.

    Indians catcher Victor Martinez, making his major league debut, hit a bloop single to shallow left to drive in a pair of runs in the seventh and tie it at 4.

    Martinez's first career hit and RBI chased Justin Miller, who was in control through six innings.

    "I just threw my hands toward the ball and finally I got a little blooper, but I'll take it anyway,'' Martinez said. "I was so happy. That's all I can say.''

    Ellis Burks hit his 28th home run, a two-run shot in the fourth.

    Brian Bowles (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win, his second in as many nights.

    Kelvim Escobar got Martinez to hit a comebacker in the ninth for his 31st save in 38 chances.

    Miller, who had won three straight starts, tied a career high with seven strikeouts. The rookie right-hander went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks.

    "It's a crying shame he wasn't able to get a win out of this. He pitched well enough,'' Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said.

    Ricardo Rodriguez got through seven innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on nine hits. He walked four and struck out five.

    He got Josh Phelps to hit into a double play to get out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh.

    "We had some opportunities to really break the game open,'' Tosca said. "We were able to come up with an error that helped us.''

    Miller retired nine straight to start the game, striking out five, then started the fourth by walking Coco Crisp on four pitches.

    Crisp got caught stealing, Vizquel singled, and Burks hit a two-run homer 428 feet into the Indians' bullpen in right-center to tie it at 2.

    The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the second and went up 2-0 on John McDonald's throwing error. The second baseman made a bad throw to first while trying to turn a double play.

    Ken Huckaby got an RBI on the fielder's choice.

    Toronto took a 4-2 lead in the sixth on Dave Berg's run-scoring double and Huckaby's RBI groundout. Huckaby was hitless, but tied a career high with two RBI.

    Huckaby left the game in the ninth. He twisted his ankle on the fence behind home plate in the seventh while sliding to go after a wild pitch.

    Phelps injured his left knee on a foul ball. Phelps and Huckaby are day to day.

    Game notes

    Indians 1B Jim Thome singled in the ninth to reach base safely in 39 straight games, the longest in the American League this season. ... Stewart has reached base in 25 straight games. ... Rodriguez has worked at least five innings in all 22 of his starts this season, including 17 in the minors. ... Tuesday's win moved the Blue Jays into third place for the first time since April 23. ... Martinez became the 10th Indians player to make his major league debut this season.

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