SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians are beginning to enjoy
The Indians have gone to extra innings in six of their past 13
games, winning three of those.
"These guys are working hard to get over the hump," Cleveland
manager Eric Wedge said. "All these close games that we play will
help us down the road, hopefully this season."
The Padres have been shut out in back-to-back games, extending
their scoreless streak to 22 innings. They lost 4-0 to the Chicago
Cubs on Sunday.
"We made the first mistake," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy
said. "It was the difference in the game. We haven't scored in two
games. That's where the problem lies."
Jhonny Peralta, who entered in the 10th inning in a double
switch, got the Indians started in the 11th with a one-out bloop
single to center off Trevor Hoffman (0-2). Grady Sizemore followed
with a double into the right-field corner for his third hit,
putting runners at second and third.
After Hoffman struck out Coco Crisp, Ben Broussard hit a two-hop
grounder to shortstop. Greene threw on the run and bounced his
throw to first. Phil Nevin couldn't scoop up the ball, and Peralta
"That's not what I wanted to do," Broussard said. "I started
to swing and tried to stop but the ball hit the bat. But that's why
you run out every ball hard."
Victor Martinez then singled in Sizemore.
Greene made no excuses for his poor throw.
"It was just a bad throw," he explained. "I didn't have the
greatest grip. I kind of guided it instead of throwing it. When it
left my hand, I wished I could have had it back. It's a bad feeling
when you know you let everybody down."
Rafael Betancourt (2-2) pitched a perfect 10th inning and Bob
Wickman got three outs for his 15th save in 18 chances, but not
without a scare.
Miguel Ojeda nearly tied it with a two-run homer, but his long
drive to left just hooked foul by a few feet. Ojeda then grounded
out to end the game.
San Diego lost its third straight and for the fifth time in
eight games on a 13-game homestand, the club's longest of the
Lawrence shut out the Indians on five hits through eight
innings. The right-hander struck out one and did not walk a batter.
Lawrence retired 14 of his final 15 batters.
Lee, who has a 5-1 road record, allowed five hits in seven
shutout innings with a career-high nine strikeouts and two walks.
It was only the fourth time this season the left-hander pitched at
least seven innings in 12 starts.
San Diego's best opportunity came in the third after a leadoff
infield single by Sean Burroughs, a walk to Lawrence and a
sacrifice. Lee got Geoff Blum on a popup, and catcher Martinez then
made a great catch over the backstop netting on Brian Giles' foul
Lawrence, coming off one of his worst starts of the season, got
out of a minor jam in the first when Cleveland had runners at first
and third with two outs. Lawrence escaped by getting Jody Gerut on
a foul popup.
The only other Indians runner to reach second base against
Lawrence was Crisp on a two-out double in the sixth.
Gerut was ejected after making the last out of the 11th
inning when he slammed his helmet to the ground after arguing with
plate umpire Bill Welke. Gerut argued that his grounder should have
been a foul ball because it hit his foot. ... Padres CF Dave
Roberts was a late scratch with sore shoulder and was replaced by
Xavier Nady. Roberts entered in the ninth as a pinch-runner. ...
The Indians played in San Diego for only the second time in
franchise history. Their only other appearance was a pair of
exhibition games in 1968.