Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Cleveland won 2-1

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

(28-46, 11-28 away)

Indians 5

(37-37, 23-16 home)

    1:05 PM ET, June 27, 2004

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: M. Miller ( )

    L: J. Jennings (6-7)

    S: J. Jimenez (8)

    Two-run double does it for Cleveland

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Matt Lawton keeps hitting like an All-Star -- though he doesn't particularly care to be one.

    Lawton doubled home two runs in the seventh inning to help the Cleveland Indians defeat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 Sunday.

    "I came into this season knowing this was a big year for me and I'm energized," said Lawton, who leads the team with a .325 average after two injury-plagued seasons.

    "I had something to prove and I'm getting after it, that's satisfaction enough, I don't need to be on the All-Star team or anything like that.

    "I'm not one of those guys who wouldn't go, but it's like, been there, done that. Let Victor Martinez go. He deserves it."

    Martinez snapped an 0-for-15 slump with two doubles to leave his average at .306 with a team-high 54 RBI.

    Lawton drove an 0-1 pitch from Jason Jennings (6-7) to right-center, scoring Casey Blake and Ronnie Belliard to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth.

    "He hit a changeup," Jennings said. "I didn't hang it, he's just a good hitter."

    Matt Miller (2-0), one of three former Rockies pitchers used by Indians manager Eric Wedge, struck out two in one scoreless inning for the win.

    David Riske pitched a perfect eighth and ex-Colorado closer Jose Jimenez worked the ninth for his eighth save in 11 chances. He gave up an RBI double to Vinny Castilla.

    Cleveland moved back to .500 with its 14th win in 22 games.

    "We just finished 20 games in 20 days and did an outstanding job," Wedge said. "I'm very proud of the way the guys fought back to win this series after losing the opener on Friday night. We found a way to get it done."

    Ben Broussard drove in two runs, giving him 12 RBI in his last five games for Cleveland.

    He put the Indians ahead 1-0 with an RBI single in the second inning. Martinez doubled, went to third on a balk and scored two outs later when Broussard's broken-bat blooper landed just fair down the right-field line -- not much farther than the barrel of the bat traveled.

    "At least it went down with a hit in it," said Broussard, who got another broken-bat bloop hit later in the game.

    Indians starter Scott Elarton, released by Colorado earlier this season, didn't allow a hit until Mark Sweeney doubled with one out in the fifth. Todd Greene followed with his third homer, hitting a 2-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers to make it 2-1.

    "Give Elarton credit," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We didn't put the barrel of the bat on the ball very much."

    Greene came on in the third inning to replace catcher Charles Johnson, who left with a bruise after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch from Elarton. Johnson said he wanted to stay in the game, but the elbow swelled up and he was taken for X-rays, which were negative.

    Elarton caught a huge break in the sixth. Royce Clayton walked and, with one out, broke for second as Larry Walker hit a hard liner up the middle. Shortstop Omar Vizquel, who was breaking to cover second base, caught the ball with a little leap and tagged Clayton for a double play.

    "I have needed a break and that may have been it right there," Elarton said. "I'll take it."

    Elarton allowed two runs on two hits and three walks over six innings in his fourth start for Cleveland and first appearance against the Rockies since they designated him for assignment May 20. The 28-year-old right-hander went 0-6 with a 9.80 ERA in eight starts for Colorado to begin this season before signing a minor league contract with Cleveland on May 25.

    Elarton struck out four and lowered his ERA to 5.17 in four no-decisions with the Indians.

    Martinez doubled home a run in the sixth to tie it at 2.

    Broussard made it 5-2 with a bases-loaded RBI groundout in the eighth.

    Jennings gave up five runs and 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out four.

    Game notes


    Riske has allowed one run in his last 10 outings, covering 14 innings (0.64 ERA), with 22 strikeouts. ... Cleveland recalled RHP Jack Cressend from Triple-A Buffalo and designated OF Raul Gonzalez for assignment. ... Jennings' first career balk came as he awkwardly tumbled off the mound while throwing a pitch. The right-hander failed to tie former Rockies RHP Kevin Ritz for second place on the club's career win list at 39. ... Walker went 0-for-4 and remained one hit shy of 2,000.

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