Final in 12

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/26)

Game 1: Friday, June 25
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in 10
Cleveland8
Game 2: Saturday, June 26
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in 12
Cleveland4
Game 3: Sunday, June 27
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Cleveland5

Rockies 3

(28-45, 11-27 away)

Indians 4

(36-37, 22-16 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 26, 2004

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    CLE 11000100001 4 17 1

    W: J. Robertson (1-0)

    L: S. Reed (1-2)

    Indians prevail after Sabathia goes down

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- When the Indians ace C.C. Sabathia walked off the mound with a sore left shoulder after the first inning, it seemed like a lost day in Cleveland.

    But Ben Broussard gave everyone a lift with a clutch hit.

    Broussard lined a game-winning double in the 12th inning to give Cleveland a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies a few hours after the Indians signed free-agent infielder Aaron Boone.

    Sabathia left with a sore shoulder after retiring the side in the first on only eight pitches. He was taken for an MRI.

    "I haven't had a chance to talk to anybody, so I don't really know," Indians manager Eric Wedge said about Sabathia. "He felt good warming up, then felt something at the end of the inning."

    Jody Gerut singled with one out off former Indians reliever Steve Reed (1-2), who was the winner Friday night when Colorado prevailed 10-8 in 10 innings.

    Broussard then lined a 3-2 pitch the opposite way to left-center and Gerut, running on the pitch, scored standing up.

    "I was going to score no matter what," said Gerut. "It was time to go home."

    Jeriome Robertson (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Buffalo earlier Saturday, pitched two scoreless innings for his first win since being acquired by Cleveland in spring training from the Houston Astros.

    "Any win feels good, but this meant a little more," said Robertson, who said his wife made the four-hour drive to Cleveland in the morning so he could get some rest.

    Ronnie Belliard, signed in the offseason after being released by the Rockies, went 4-for-5 for Cleveland, which out-hit Colorado 17-10.

    "It seemed like we pitched out of the stretch all night," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

    Sabathia quickly retired the Rockies in order in the first, but the 6-foot-7 left-hander went to the dugout holding his shoulder and moving his arm in a circular motion.

    The 23-year-old, who had worked eight innings in each of his two previous starts and allowed a total of two runs, was going for his sixth win of the season. He ranks third among starters in the AL with an ERA of 2.77.

    "It sounds like it might be something similar to what he had earlier this season," Wedge said.

    Sabathia was scratched from a start at Jacobs Field on April 22 with an irritated left biceps tendon in the front of his shoulder. He was sidelined until May 1, when he allowed one run over seven innings in a no-decision against Baltimore.

    Kazuhito Tadano, the first Japanese player in Indians history, gave up one run over a career-high six innings after replacing Sabathia to start the second. He walked one and struck out nine.

    "We wouldn't have had the opportunity to win without Tadano," Wedge said. "He went beyond the call of duty."

    Colorado tied it 3-all with two unearned runs in the eighth, helped by a fielding error by second baseman Belliard and a mental miscue by reliever Rick White, who failed to cover first base on a groundball.

    Royce Clayton got an RBI single on the play and another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Todd Helton to tie it.

    Cleveland scored three runs on 11 hits over seven innings against Colorado starter Joe Kennedy.

    Lou Merloni put Cleveland ahead with a check-swing RBI single in the first and Cleveland made it 2-0 on an RBI grounder by Omar Vizquel in the second.

    Vinny Castilla's RBI single on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the seventh made it 2-1, but Matt Lawton's RBI single with two outs in the bottom half restored Cleveland's two-run lead.

    Kennedy was helped by double plays to end the first, fourth and sixth innings.

    Game notes


    Cleveland signed Boone to a two-year, $3.6 million contract with a club option for 2006. RHP Jeff D'Amico was released to make room on the roster for Boone, who is recovering from left knee surgery in February and will not play until late August at the earliest. ... The Indians put RHP Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis. ... Rockies OF Larry Walker had two singles, leaving him one hit shy of becoming the 234th player with 2,000 career hits. ... Tadano's nine strikeouts are the most by a Cleveland pitcher since Sabathia fanned nine on opening day. The last Indians reliever to strike out nine was RHP Victor Cruz on July 20, 1980, against Oakland. ... Cleveland is 5-9 and the Rockies 1-8 in extra-inning games.

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