Miguel Cabrera and Damion Easley each homered off the left-field
foul pole with two outs in the ninth inning, leading the Marlins to
a 7-5 victory Tuesday night."Have you ever seen anybody hit two foul poles in one inning?"
Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "I bet that's a record."Cabrera tied it off Jose Jimenez (1-4) with his 14th homer -- a
shot that ricocheted off the top of the pole. Jeff Conine walked,
and Easley followed by lining a shot that hit off the pole near the
top of the wall."Both were off the same pitch," Jimenez said. "They were
fastballs that didn't sink."Both batters were surprised at the results."I didn't want to make the last out and just tried to get my
bat on the ball," Cabrera said. "I didn't know if it was fair or
foul, but it hit in the right spot."Easley, who hit the first pitch from Jimenez, said he figured
the reliever would try to get ahead in the count after walking
Conine."I wanted to take one shot -- and that was it," he said. "How
it stayed fair -- I don't know."Nate Bump (1-3) got the final two outs of the eighth, but
allowed Omar Vizquel's RBI single that gave Cleveland a 5-4 lead.
Armando Benitez worked the ninth for his 23rd save.The Marlins continued to frustrate the Indians. Cleveland lost
Game 7 of the 1997 World Series 3-2 in 11 innings after leading,
and was swept in a three-game series at Miami two years ago.The blown save by Jimenez was his third in six chances, and the
14th by Cleveland's bullpen in 21 opportunities this season."This is very hard for us, especially for me," Jimenez said.
"I left a couple pitches up, and paid for it big time."Cleveland took a 4-3 lead in the seventh on an RBI single by
Victor Martinez.The Marlins tied it in the eighth on an RBI single by Mike
Redmond.The Indians went ahead 2-0 with two unearned runs off Florida
starter Dontrelle Willis with outs in the first inning.Matt Lawton and Martinez each singled and Casey Blake followed
with a base hit to right that was fielded by Cabrera, whose perfect
throw home beat Lawton by 15 feet but catcher Mike Redmond missed
the ball for an error.Martinez then scored when Willis, backing up the play, got the
ball and threw wildly to second trying to get Blake.Abraham Nunez hit his first career homer in the third off
Cleveland starter Cliff Lee to make it 2-1, and Florida tied it
with an unearned run in the fourth.Cleveland went back ahead 3-2 in the fourth on an RBI single by
Vizquel, a hard shot that glanced off the glove of third baseman
Mike Lowell.It was the first earned run allowed by Willis in 15 1-3 innings
of interleague play. As a rookie last year, he went 2-0 and pitched
11 scoreless innings in two starts against Oakland and Tampa Bay.Alex Gonzalez tied it 3-3 in the sixth with his fourth homer.Willis allowed one earned run and eight hits in five innings,
walking one and striking out five.Lee gave up two earned runs and seven hits over six innings in
his first interleague start. The lefty walked Juan Pierre and gave
up an infield hit to Luis Castillo to open the seventh."I did all right, but could have been better," Lee said.
"Other than a couple walks and the home runs, it went pretty good
against a tough lineup."Matt Miller came on, got Lowell to bounce into a double play,
walked Cabrera, then struck out Conine to keep it tied.It was the sixth consecutive game at Jacobs Field decided in a
team's final at-bat. Cleveland is 3-3, losing the last three.
The first-pitch temperature of 88 degrees was 42 degrees
warmer than the Marlins' last game at Jacobs Field -- Game 5 of the
1997 World Series. ... Vizquel and Conine were the only players
from that series in uniform Tuesday night. ... Willis is 1-0 with a
1.29 ERA in his last three starts. ... Lawton stole his 12th base
in 13 tries in the fifth, then was caught trying to steal third.
... Florida is 71-47 and Cleveland 60-62 in interleague play.