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Gerut drives in Crisp for extra-inning win

7/10/2003

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Rookie Jody Gerut's RBI single scored Coco
Crisp in the 10th inning Thursday night, giving the Cleveland
Indians a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees.

Gerut grounded an 0-1 pitch from Sterling Hitchcock (0-2)
through New York's drawn-in infield as the Indians won two of three
and took their first home season series from the Yankees since
Jacobs Field opened in 1994.

Jason Boyd (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning and Ben Broussard
homered for Cleveland.

Casey Blake had three hits and Milton Bradley caused a stir by
bumping Jason Giambi as the Indians improved to just 17-31 against
New York at the Jake.

Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano had two hits apiece for New
York, which had won nine straight series in Cleveland.

Crisp walked to open the 10th and was held at third on Matt
Lawton's double. After Bradley was intentionally walked, Gerut came
through with his hit.

The Indians nearly put the potential winning run on second with
two outs in the ninth, but Jhonny Peralta was thrown out by left
fielder Hideki Matsui trying to stretch a single.

TV replays showed Peralta was safe, and Indians manager Eric
Wedge was still steamed about the call in the top of the 10th. He
yelled at plate umpire Mike DiMuro after two close pitches to Jeter
and got tossed.

Roger Clemens, who made his major league debut at old Cleveland
Stadium in 1984, went seven innings in what was likely his final
appearance at Jacobs Field.

Clemens allowed two runs and seven hits while remaining 26-8 in
his career against the Indians. Clemens struck out six, raising his
AL-leading total to 128.

Cleveland rookie starter Jason Davis fired as hard as the
Rocket. The right-hander reached 98 mph on his fifth pitch and was
consistently clocking mid-90s throughout his six-plus innings.

He also showed off a nasty pickoff move, catching Soriano off
first in the first and nabbing the Yankees' All-Star at second in
the sixth as the potential tying run.

Davis held the Yankees to one run through the first six, but
left with a no-decision when New York tied it 2-2 in the seventh,
helped by first baseman Ben Broussard's fielding error.

Bradley, who has had run-ins with umpires, opponents, teammates
and managers since he was in the minors, introduced himself to the
Yankees in the third.

The volatile center fielder hit a slow roller to first that
Giambi fielded and jogged over to first. At about the same time
Giambi stepped on the bag for the putout, Bradley arrived and
bumped shoulders with the muscular Yankees first baseman, who
turned quickly and shot Bradley a what-was-that-for? look.

Broussard, another of Cleveland's improving rookies, gave the
Indians a 2-0 lead in the second with a two-run homer.

The Yankees, who were facing Davis for the first time, got a run
back in the fourth on Matsui's RBI grounder.

Game notes
Yankees 3B Robin Ventura is in an 0-for-17 and 3-for-34
slide. He was pinch-hit for in the seventh. ... Clemens was the
first 300-game winner to face the Indians since Nolan Ryan, who
beat Cleveland on Aug. 15, 1993, for his 324th career victory. ...
The Yankees nearly matched two fielding records in Wednesday's 6-2
win. Soriano finished with 11 assists, one shy of the major league
record for second basemen. New York's infield recorded 21 assists,
one less than the AL record set by Seattle on May 28, 1988, against
the Yankees.