Blake had two hits, including a three-run homer, and the Indians
completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 5-3
The Giants, then in New York, swept the Indians in the 1954
World Series -- the last time these teams met.
The Indians weren't thinking about the Polo Grounds though. They
were thinking a successful road trip might have put them back in
the AL Central race as they head home to continue interleague play.
Cleveland crept a game over .500 for the first time since last Aug.
"I don't know if it's too early to look at the standings but
when you go on streaks like this you hope the other guys falter,"
Blake said. "It can get frustrating if the teams ahead of you win
when you win."
Cliff Lee (7-3) allowed five hits over seven innings to win for
the third time in four decisions as the Indians completed their
second series sweep of the season, and their first on the road.
The Indians swept the Oakland Athletics at home from May 27-29
before beginning their season-high 12-game road trip, which they
finished at 7-5.
"We have done a lot better job of swinging the bat," Lee said.
"The offense has turned it around a little bit on this trip."
Cleveland, 7-2 in interleague play, has won six of its last
seven to improve to 20-17 away from Jacobs Field.
Lee gave up three runs -- one earned -- with a walk and four
strikeouts. He improved to 6-1 on the road. Matt Miller pitched the
eighth and Bob Wickman got the last three outs for his 17th save in
"I was locating my fastball pretty good," Lee said. "My curve
wasn't there for me so Victor [Martinez] decided to use my other
pitches. That worked well enough."
Kirk Rueter (2-5) dropped his third straight decision after
giving up five runs and six hits through six innings. He walked
four and struck out two.
"I felt pretty good," Rueter said. "I made one bad pitch
where Blake could hit it. If I keep it 2-0, you never know what
The Giants have lost 14 of 16, and finished their homestand with
a 1-5 mark.
San Francisco fell behind early in all five losses, and never
held a lead against the Indians.
"It's nice to start against a pitcher like Rueter who is not
overpowering," Blake said. "It was a matter of getting a good
pitch and putting it in play."
The Giants scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth to make
it 5-2. Jason Ellison was safe on Peralta's throwing error to open
the inning, and eventually scored on Lance Niekro's sacrifice fly.
Moises Alou hit a two-out double and scored when Peralta committed
his second throwing error of the inning on a grounder hit by Ray
Mike Matheny's sixth home run of the year, a solo shot with one
out in the seventh, made it 5-3.
Indians RHP Kevin Millwood (strained right groin) is
scheduled to come off the DL to make Thursday's start against
Colorado. ... Giant starters are 1-10 with a 7.05 ERA in the last
16 games. ... Peralta has nine errors in 46 games. ... Michael
Tucker had a pinch-hit single in the ninth for the Giants. It was
his 1,000th career hit. ... RHP Jim Brower was released after the
game and RHP Jesse Foppert recalled from San Jose of the California