CLEVELAND (AP) -- They don't have pinstripes, a boundless payroll
or close to as many pennants. But with less than two months left in
the season, the Cleveland Indians have one more win than the New York Yankees.
Somewhere in sticky Florida, The Boss is steaming.
Ben Broussard homered to begin a six-run inning against Mike
Mussina and ended the rally with an RBI single, leading Cleveland
to a 7-4 win over the Yankees on Wednesday night.
Dominated by Mussina (10-7) for four innings, Cleveland scored
six times in the fifth off the right-hander, who came in 4-0 in his
previous six starts against the Indians but lost to them for the
first time since April 3, 2000.
"He was putting on a clinic," Broussard said. "He was up,
down, using both sides of the plate. And then we got it going. For
us to be able to do that against him is pretty cool."
Cleveland, which has won five of six, improved to 35-1 when
scoring six runs or more.
"Well," Ronnie Belliard said upon learning the lopsided stat.
"I hope we can keep scoring six runs."
Cliff Lee (12-4) gutted his way through some early problems to
win for the sixth time in seven decisions since June 12. The
left-hander allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer for the Yankees. New York
dropped 4½ games behind first-place Boston in the AL East, and the
Yankees (56-49) are just a half-game ahead of the Indians (57-51)
in the multiteam wild-card scramble.
It was the second straight win over New York for the Indians,
whose $42 million payroll is roughly one-fifth of what Yankees
owner George Steinbrenner has invested in his star-studded squad.
One Indians fan mocked the financial disparity with a sign that
said: "This is what $205 million buys?"
"I don't think you need to be told in August how important
everything is," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "We need to put a
'W' up there. We've let some things get away from us. At this time
of year games are much more precious. We have to fight to get back
to where we were."
Mussina made Indians hitters look silly for four innings and
cruised into the fifth leading 4-0. But Cleveland scored six runs --
four with two outs -- against the right-hander, who threw 59 pitches
in the first four innings and 44 before being pulled in the fifth.
"A disaster," Mussina said. "I just couldn't get it right. I
tried everything. I had good stuff but for 10 batters, I couldn't
do anything right. For about one half-hour I threw the wrong pitch
at the wrong time. When you're leading 4-0 and that happens, it's
disappointing. It's frustrating. I don't have an answer. I wish I
In the fifth, as a note on the left-field scoreboard proclaimed:
"He Likes to Eat Cheeseburgers," Broussard gobbled up one of
Mussina's fastballs, hitting his 11th homer to make it 4-1. Casey
Blake followed with a double and scored on Coco Crisp's one-out
Mussina got the second out, but couldn't get No. 3 as the
Indians scored four times. Jeff Liefer hit an RBI single, Aaron
Boone blooped a two-run single and Broussard got his second hit of
the inning -- an RBI single -- to give Cleveland a 6-4 lead.
Fired up by the run support, Lee quickly set down the Yankees in
the sixth, striking out two in a 1-2-3 inning.
"Anytime you have a big inning like that you want to go out and
put up zeros," Lee said. "Early on they were geared up for my
fastball, so I changed it up and it seemed to work."
The Indians added a run in the seventh on shortstop Derek
Jeter's throwing error.
Posada's 14th homer, a shot into the left-field bleachers, gave
the Yankees a 3-0 lead in the second. His 170th career homer moved
him past Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri into 17th place on the Yankees'
New York went ahead 4-0 in the third on Gary Sheffield's RBI
A moment of silence was observed before the game for 20
Ohio Marines killed the past two days in Iraq. All the servicemen
belonged to the same Cleveland-area battalion. ... Posada is five
homers behind Bobby Murcer for 16th place on New York's career
list. ... Yankees RHP Carl Pavano pitched six innings during a
rehab start for Class A Tampa of the Florida State League. As long
as Pavano doesn't have any setbacks, Torre would like to activate
him early next week. Pavano has been sidelined since June 27
because of shoulder tendinitis. ... Indians DH Travis Hafner went
0-for-4 with a walk at Double-A Akron. Barring any setbacks,
Hafner, out with a concussion since July 17, will be activated for
the series finale. ... The Indians haven't swept a series from the
Yankees in Cleveland since 1970.