CLEVELAND (AP) -- Two drained bottles of champagne sat atop a
cart as Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" blasted through the
Kevin Millwood finally got to host a party he'd been planning
Millwood got his 100th career victory and the Cleveland Indians
pushed their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 2-1
win and series sweep of the homesick Colorado Rockies on Thursday
Millwood (2-4) pitched five shutout innings in his first start
since May 25 when he pulled a groin muscle against Minnesota, and
went on the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander, who won 98
games with Atlanta and Philadelphia, gave up four hits before being
pulled after 85 pitches.
"It's a real thrill," Millwood said of hitting the century
mark. "It's something that I've been gearing up for all season."
As for the champagne, Millwood was wondering if it was ever
going to get popped.
"It's been on ice for a while," he said with a smile.
Colorado dropped to 4-26 away from Coors Field, and its road
woes have reached record proportions. Since 1900, only six teams,
including the Tampa Bay Devil Rays earlier this season, have gone
4-26 in their first 30 road games.
The young Rockies, who are 0-3 on a nine-game trip to Cleveland,
Baltimore and Houston, have been swept in six series on the road.
Their frustration was exemplified by shortstop Desi Relaford,
who slammed down his bat when he was called out looking for the
final out by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi.
"That was the worst call I've ever seen," Relaford said. "And
when he sees the tape, he'll see the same thing. It wasn't even
close. There is no way you can ever call that a strike. With the
way things are going for us now, we don't need an extra cat back
there going against us."
Cleveland's bullpen, which entered with the AL's second-lowest
ERA (3.56), came through again after Millwood left. Scott
Sauerbeck, Bob Howry, Arthur Rhodes and Bob Wickman combined to
hold the Rockies to one run and three hits over the final four
innings. Wickman worked the ninth for his 18th save.
The Rockies put the tying run on second with none out, but
Wickman got Ryan Shealy on a grounder before Jorge Piedra hit a
liner that Crisp caught with a slide. Wickman then struck out
Relaford as the Indians, who weren't winning tight games a few
weeks ago, improved to 11-16 in one-run games.
"We're starting to have fun," Millwood said. "We're moving
runners over. We're scoring when we need to. One run an inning is
better than none. We're finally starting to click a little bit."
Indians second baseman Ronnie Belliard and right fielder Jody
Gerut helped Millwood reach the 100-win plateau with excellent
Shealy hit his first major league homer, a solo shot in the
seventh to make it 2-1. One out later, Gerut raced to his left and
fully extended to make a diving grab on a ball hit by Relaford.
"Those are the toughest ones," Gerut said. "If it gets by me,
its'a a triple, easy."
Millwood was noticeably rusty in the first when the Rockies
loaded the bases on a single and two walks. But Millwood fought his
way through, needing 33 pitches to get out of the inning without
giving up a run.
"I felt like it was my first time out there," he said. "I
certainly didn't want to throw 33 pitches."
He got a double play to get out of trouble in the second, then
escaped from a two-on, one-out situation in the fifth when Belliard
atoned for an error moments earlier with a backhanded stop to start
a double play.
The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the third, and as has been the
case for weeks, Sizemore got the big hit.
Aaron Boone opened with a double and moved to third when Alex
Cora pulled a groundout to the right side. Sizemore, who came in
batting .460 in June, followed with an RBI single. Sizemore stole
second and scored on Crisp's single.
Wright allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.
In his last 12 games, Sizemore is batting .481 (26-of-54)
with 15 runs. ... The other teams to start 4-26 on the road were:
the Devil Rays (2005), Minnesota Twins (1982), Chicago Cubs (1981),
Philadelphia Phillies (1928), Philadelphia Athletics (1916) and
Washington Senators (1904). ... Indians 1B Ben Broussard was
replaced in the fifth by pinch-hitter Jose Hernandez. Broussard
left the ballpark to be with his wife, Brenda, who went into labor
with the couple's first child. ... Cleveland is an AL-best 10-2 in