Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Cleveland won 2-1

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

Indians 3

(2-1, 2-1 away)

Orioles 0

(1-2, 1-2 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 3, 2003

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: B. Anderson (1-0)

    L: R. Helling (0-1)

    S: D. Baez (2)

    Anderson pitches eight innings of four-hit ball

    Associated Press

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Brian Anderson outdid his former teammate, and in the process showed why spring training statistics are virtually meaningless.

    Anderson marked his return to the Indians by pitching eight innings of four-hit ball, and Matt Lawton hit a three-run homer as Cleveland beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Thursday night.

    The game drew a crowd of 18,470 -- the lowest attendance in the 12-year history of Camden Yards. The previous low was 20,279, set last September against Toronto.

    Anderson (1-0) went 1-2 with a 10.47 ERA in five spring training starts. But when it really counted, the left-hander allowed only one runner past second base.

    "He's been making steady progress in terms of each and every outing going out there and getting better, being a little bit more crisp," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "Obviously, today it really showed."

    Making his first appearance for the Indians since the Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, Anderson threw 99 pitches -- 66 for strikes.

    "I'll take that out of the gate. It was a pretty emotional night," he said. "It's the first start of the year, and then I'm going up against my best friend in the game."

    In a matchup of pitchers that played with the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, Anderson outperformed Rick Helling, who took a one-hitter into the sixth inning before faltering.

    After Milton Bradley drew a one-out walk and Omar Vizquel reached on a bunt, Lawton drove the first pitch far over the right-field wall -- his first hit of the season after an 0-for-7 start.

    "I was saying right before I went to bat that I hadn't had a good pitch to hit all night,'' Lawton said. "I told myself to be ready, and I finally got a good pitch."

    That's was enough offense for Anderson (1-0), who struck out two and walked one. Last year, he lost his first five decisions before earning his initial victory on June 5 in relief.

    Danys Baez pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. Helling (0-1) gave up three hits and three walks over six innings in his debut with the Orioles.

    "I got outpitched tonight," Helling said. "B.A. threw an awesome game. It looked like the first guy to make a mistake, that might be the game. It turned out to be me."

    The right-hander retired the first nine batters before Bradley singled to open the fourth. Helling picked Bradley off first, then worked out of a jam in the fifth by striking out Josh Bard with two outs and runners on the corners.

    But he couldn't escape damage in the sixth.

    "Rick just had that one bad inning, threw one bad pitch to Lawton that cost him the game," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "It's a shame to waste an effort like that."

    Game notes
    Baltimore OF Marty Cordova received a cortisone shot in his lower back and missed a second straight game. LF B.J. Surhoff, off to an 0-for-9 start, was also rested. ... Indians OF Karim Garcia has been troubled by a sore left wrist, but was in the starting lineup and went 0-for-3 with a walk. ... Orioles 1B/DH David Segui will test his healing right thumb in a rehab assignment with Class-A Frederick on Friday night. If all goes well, he will come off the DL Saturday.

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