Series: Game 2 of 3

Cleveland leads 2-0 (as of 5/29)

Game 1: Friday, May 28
Game 2: Saturday, May 29
Game 3: Sunday, May 30
in 10

Athletics 6

(26-22, 14-13 away)

Indians 8

(21-26, 15-11 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 29, 2004

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    OAK 210030000 6 9 3
    CLE 20001203 - 8 10 0

    W: D. Riske (1-2)

    L: A. Rhodes (1-2)

    S: J. Jimenez (1)

    Tribe gets second straight wild win

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Shortly after the Cleveland Indians rallied for their second straight improbable win, fireworks filled the sky above Jacobs Field.

    Good thing the Oakland Athletics weren't in charge of shooting them off.

    They couldn't keep anything on target Saturday night.

    Jody Gerut singled home Matt Lawton with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Indians rallied for a 8-6 win over the sloppy and wild Athletics.

    Oakland made three throwing errors, and A's pitchers walked 10.

    "When you have 10 walks, you can't expect to win games," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "I wouldn't say this was a well-pitched major league game."

    Hardly. Nine pitchers combined for 16 walks and 342 total pitches.

    Gerut's base hit off Arthur Rhodes (1-2) came shortly after the A's committed their third error, a wild throw to the plate on a tough play for shortstop Bobby Crosby.

    Travis Hafner added an RBI single in the eighth for the Indians, who won their third straight and improved to 3-15 when trailing after the seventh.

    Cleveland beat Oakland 1-0 on Casey Blake's walk-off homer in the ninth on Friday.

    "You can't give up, obviously," said Gerut, who didn't like the Indians' chances when they were down 6-2. "But I couldn't see any cracks in the clouds at that point."

    David Riske (1-2) allowed one hit in two innings and Jose Jimenez, named Cleveland's new closer earlier this week, pitched the ninth for his first AL save.

    It was the right-hander's first save since last Aug. 3 for Colorado at Pittsburgh. Jimenez also picked up his first AL win Friday.

    Trailing 6-2, the Indians scored one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the eighth to hand the A's their fourth loss in five games.

    Eric Chavez drove in three runs for Oakland, which took a 6-5 lead into the eighth.

    But with one out, Alex Escobar tripled off Justin Duchscherer. Rhodes came in and got Lawton to ground to a charging Crosby. The rookie fielded it cleanly, but his rushed throw to the plate was wild and Escobar scored the tying run.

    Lawton went to second on the throw, moved up on an infield single and scored when Gerut singled in his first career at-bat against the left-handed Rhodes.

    Gerut threw his hands in the air as he ran to first base in celebration.

    "Hey, we just got the lead, man," Gerut said in explaining his gesture.

    Oakland starter Rich Harden walked six and was lifted before getting an out in the sixth. But the Indians didn't take advantage of the early wildness.

    Despite five walks in the first four innings, Harden didn't give up a hit until the fifth when Vizquel grounded a single to center with two outs.

    Escobar, who reached on catcher Adam Melhuse's throwing error, scored on Vizquel's single when center fielder Mark Kotsay's throw hit him in the back as he approached third and bounced into the photographer's pit.

    The Indians chased Harden an inning later, closing within 6-5 on Hafner's RBI double and pinch-hitter Victor Martinez's RBI single.

    The A's opened a 6-2 lead in the fifth on Scott Hatteberg's RBI single and Erubiel Durazo's two-run double off reliever Lou Pote, making his debut with the Indians.

    Low-flying seagulls inside Jacobs Field swooped above the outfield in the first inning in search of food, and it appeared the A's were going to feast on Joe Dawley, too.

    Chavez hit a two-run double, but Dawley settled down and retired five straight before becoming unraveled in the second and walking four in a row to force in Oakland's third run.

    "I've never walked four in a row before, ever," Dawley said.

    Game notes

    The A's entered with an AL-low 22 errors this season. ... Dawley made his first big league appearance since May 15 of last season for Atlanta at San Diego. ... Indians 1B Ben Broussard is in an 0-for-25 slump. ... Indians SS Omar Vizquel, whose off-field talents include painting and playing the drums, will have some of his art work displayed in an exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, next month.

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