Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/2)

Game 1: Monday, March 31
Cleveland5Final
in 13
Baltimore6
Game 2: Wednesday, April 2
Cleveland4Final
Baltimore2
Game 3: Thursday, April 3
Cleveland3Final
Baltimore0

Indians 4

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Orioles 2

(1-1, 1-1 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 2, 2003

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    CLE 011000200 4 - -
    BAL 010000010 2 - -

    W: R. Rodriguez (1-0)

    L: O. Daal (0-1)

    S: D. Baez (1)

    Indians pay back O's, get first win for Wedge

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Eric Wedge doesn't collect memorabilia or souvenirs, and he rarely saves a memento of a particular game.

    Cleveland's new manager made an exception Wednesday night, latching onto a pair of keepsakes after the Indians' 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

    It was the Indians' first win under Wedge and his initial victory as a major league manager. Wedge, 35, saved the lineup card and was presented with the game ball by Cleveland center fielder Milton Bradley, who caught the last out.

    "He tossed me the ball, and that's something I'll gladly accept from that young man,'' said Wedge, hired in October to oversee a young squad that includes many of the players he managed in the Indians' farm system the past five years.

    Ellis Burks drove in two runs for the Indians, who rebounded from a 6-5, 13-inning loss to Baltimore on Monday to give Wedge a memorable victory.

    "I know it's special to him,'' Bradley said. "It's the first of many; he should have gotten it Monday.''

    Cleveland rookie Ricardo Rodriguez (1-0) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings in his eighth career start. His only costly mistake came in the second, when he yielded a solo home run to Tony Batista.

    "I wanted to get groundballs and flyballs and have my players make plays,'' the right-hander said.

    Rodriguez outpitched Omar Daal (0-1), who allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings in his debut with the Orioles. Daal, the first left-hander in the Baltimore rotation since Jimmy Key in 1998, struck out seven and walked two.

    Daal's 105-pitch stint was a vast improvement over what he did in spring training, when he went 0-1 with a 6.95 ERA in six appearances.

    "I was very pleased with the way Omar threw the ball tonight. That was the best I've seen him throw,'' Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "He keeps giving us outings like that and we're going to be OK.''

    Daal was pulled in the seventh with one out, runners on second and third and Cleveland ahead 2-1. Willis Roberts entered and promptly gave up a two-run single to Burks.

    After Rodriguez left, Jose Santiago gave up a home run to Deivi Cruz leading off the eighth. But Carl Sadler got the final two outs of the inning and Danys Baez worked a perfect ninth for his first save.

    The top four players in the Baltimore lineup went 0-for-15 with four strikeouts.

    "We got into counts that were in our favor, then overswung at times or went after bad pitches,'' Hargrove said. "It seemed like everybody was a little jumpy, a little on edge tonight. It certainly wasn't one of our better offensive nights.''

    At least the weather was decent. Temperature at gametime was 80 degrees, a stark contrast to Monday's contest in which a sudden snowstorm stopped play for 13 minutes.

    Cleveland used a double by Shane Spencer and an RBI single by Travis Hafner to go up 1-0 in the second, but Batista tied it in the bottom half with a shot into the left-field seats.

    After a throwing error by Daal allowed a run to score in the third, the Indians loaded the bases with no outs. But Daal struck out Spencer and Karim Garcia before retiring Hafner on a grounder.

    In the Baltimore half, Jay Gibbons hit a two-out single and went to third on a double by Batista before Rodriguez got Melvin Mora to hit a routine fly to right.

    "You can't say enough about the way he pitched for us tonight,'' Wedge said. "He just showed a tremendous amount of composure. He did everything we asked him to do.''

    Game notes


    Indians SS Omar Vizquel said he has no interest in joining the New York Yankees to replace the injured Derek Jeter. Cleveland GM Mark Shapiro talked with New York GM Brian Cashman on Wednesday and said Vizquel's "name never even came up.'' ... Orioles OF Marty Cordova was scratched from the starting lineup with pain in his lower back. ... Cleveland RHP Aaron Myette (strained thigh muscle) started a 30-day rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.

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