Series: Game 3 of 3

Cleveland won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, August 10
Game 2: Wednesday, August 11
Game 3: Thursday, August 12

Blue Jays 2

(48-67, 19-40 away)

Indians 6

(61-55, 35-23 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 12, 2004

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

    R H E
    TOR - -
    CLE - -

    W: D. Riske (6-2)

    L: K. Ligtenberg (1-5)

    Broussard hits second pinch slam this week

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The more Ben Broussard relaxes, the better he hits.

    Broussard hit his second grand slam in four days, this time as a pinch-hitter in sending the Cleveland Indians over the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 Thursday night.

    "I said to myself, 'Just try to get a big hit.' I wasn't thinking home run," Broussard said. "I just relaxed and tried not to swing too hard.

    "The pressure is on the pitcher. He's got to throw strikes. He challenged me with a fastball and I just hit it and ran," he said.

    Broussard has three slams overall this season, including a shot Monday against the White Sox. He is the fourth player in major league history with two pinch-hit slams in one season, joining Dave Johnson (1978), Mike Ivie (1978) and Darryl Strawberry (1998).

    The Indians won for the seventh time in eight games and stayed three games behind Minnesota in the AL Central. The Twins start a three-game series at Jacobs Field on Friday night.

    "We play them 13 times and this is the start of it," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "But this was a good win. That was as big as anything Ben has done this year."

    Toronto got only three hits in losing for the eighth time in nine games.

    "You battle and battle and it gets away from you," said John Gibbons, who is 1-3 as the Blue Jays' interim manager. "I like the way we played. We battled, but it has been a tough year for all of us."

    Batting for Josh Phelps, Broussard connected off Vinnie Chulk to highlight a five-run seventh inning. It was Broussard's ninth homer of the year.

    Broussard is 6-for-9 with three grand slams and 21 RBI with the bases loaded this season.

    "What a difference a year makes," said Broussard, who entered this season hitting .083 (1-for-12) with the bases loaded. "Back then, it was, 'Oh, man, I've got to drive this guy in.' Now, I look at getting to pinch-hit with the bases loaded as a great situation. It's fun."

    Broussard's biggest problem was getting back out of the dugout for a curtain call.

    "That was my first one and it was awesome," he said. "But I had a tough time getting out there. The guys were all pounding me and I tripped."

    David Riske (6-2) pitched a scoreless seventh and Rafael Betancourt finished with two hitless innings.

    Blue Jays starter Ted Lilly had a 2-1 lead and got two quick outs in the seventh, but left after Ronnie Belliard extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a broken-bat single.

    Reliever Kerry Ligtenberg (1-5) then walked Coco Crisp, Matt Lawton and Casey Blake to force in run. The right-hander threw 14 pitches, only two for strikes.

    "The first two guys, I was trying to be too fine," said Ligtenberg. "After I got behind to Blake, I tried to throw it down the middle. It was one of those nights."

    Chulk, who had not allowed a run in his previous seven appearances, then gave up Broussard's slam.

    Lilly gave up two runs and five hits, striking out four. He is 1-4 in eight starts since June 28 -- the win coming against the Indians on Aug. 2 in Toronto.

    The left-hander tied a season high with five walks and went to a three-ball count on 11 batters, including six of the first seven he faced.

    Carlos Delgado put Toronto ahead 1-0 in the third with an RBI single off Cliff Lee.

    Orlando Hudson made it 2-0 in the fifth with his eighth homer. Crisp hit his ninth home run in the bottom half.

    Lee allowed two runs and three hits over six innings. He walked three and tied a career high with eight strikeouts. That was a significant improvement over his previous four starts, in which he had allowed 20 earned runs and 30 hits over 15 innings.

    Game notes

    Broussard's first slam this year came as a pinch-hitter June 23 at Chicago. ... Phelps, acquired from Toronto on Aug. 6, went 1-for-3 in his first game for the Indians. ... Indians OF Alex Escobar, designated for assignment Sunday when Phelps was added to the active roster, was released. ... Delgado went 1-for-1 with two walks against Lee and is 4-for-5 with a homer and six RBI in his career against the lefty. ... Crisp is hitting .447 (17-for-38) when used in the No. 2 spot in the batting order.

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