Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 5/30)

Game 1: Monday, May 27
Detroit 4Final
Cleveland 1
Game 2: Tuesday, May 28
Detroit 2Final
Cleveland 4
Game 3: Wednesday, May 29
Detroit 9Final
Cleveland 5
Game 4: Thursday, May 30
Detroit 7Final
Cleveland 11

Tigers 7

(20-31, 7-22 away)

Indians 11

(25-28, 14-12 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 30, 2002

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    DET 103210000 7 - -
    CLE 15040100 - 11 - -

    W: D. Riske (1-2)

    L: J. Lima (1-3)

    Indians roll over Tigers behind Burks, Thome

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians won the old-fashioned way, at least for them: they homered early and often.

    Ellis Burks


    Ellis Burks hit two homers Thursday as part of the Indians' outburst.

    Ellis Burks and Jim Thome each hit two home runs and drove in four runs and rookie Chris Magruder hit his first major league homer for an 11-7 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.

    ''To come out and score 11 runs like this is big,'' Thome said. ''It was kind of similar to the '95 team where we came out and put pressure on early.''

    The Indians' five homers were a season high, as was their total of 11 runs. Their previous high for runs was 10, set against Detroit on April 5.

    ''You know the saying -- when the weather gets hot, unbutton your shirt and let it rip. We let it rip,'' Indians manager Charlie Manuel said.

    It was the 20th career two-homer game for Burks and Thome, who hit the Indians' first back-to-back homers of the season in the second inning.

    Thome hit his 13th homer in the fourth. The 463-foot, three-run shot off Jose Lima (1-3) gave the Indians a 10-6 lead.

    ''I tried to be perfect to Thome,'' Lima said. ''There's a reason he hit 49 homers last year. He's been struggling but you know he will get hot.''

    Burks had four home runs and seven RBI for the series.

    ''The last couple of weeks have been a struggle for me mentally and physically,'' said Burks, who was out a week in early May with a strained hamstring. ''Anytime you get the top of the lineup hot, it is a good sight.''

    The Indians' first four hitters accounted for almost all their scoring, going 10-for-16 (.625) with nine runs and nine RBI.

    The offense made up for a poor outing by starter C.C. Sabathia, who gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits over four innings.

    ''C.C. only threw 50 pitches. He was flat and he was in the middle of the plate. He didn't have real good command of his pitches,'' Manuel said.

    David Riske (1-2), the third of six pitchers used by Manuel, struck out the side in the sixth.

    Magruder began the barrage of home runs in the second with his first major-league homer.

    Magruder and Matt Lawton singled to open the fourth. Omar Vizquel drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, then Burks singled to set up Thome's three-run shot.

    ''We hit some balls hard tonight. The home runs are good to see, but we hit the ball consistently. That's the big thing,'' Manuel said.

    The Indians scored five times in the second on a trio of home runs.

    After Magruder homered on the first pitch he saw from starter Seth Greisinger, Lawton doubled and Vizquel walked. Burks and Thome then hit back-to-back homers.

    Burks' first homer, a three-run shot that just cleared the 19-foot wall in left field, came on a 3-2 count. Thome followed with a 474-foot drive to center for a 6-1 lead.

    Burks led off the sixth with his ninth homer of the season.

    Chris Truby led off the third with his first home run of the season. Randall Simon had an RBI single and Magee hit an RBI double to make it 6-4.

    Truby hit an RBI double and scored on Shane Halter's sacrifice fly in the fourth off Sabathia to tie it at 6-6.

    Greisinger lasted only two innings, giving up six runs on six hits.

    ''I'm a little concerned about Greisinger,'' Tigers manager Luis Pujols said. ''He's given up 10 runs with two outs the last two outings, and he made almost 60 pitches in two innings.''

    Detroit scored in the first after Damian Jackson reached on Travis Fryman's throwing error, advanced to second on Sabathia's balk and scored on Dmitri Young's single.

    Game notes

    The Indians had their first three-homer inning since May 1, 2001. ... Magruder's homer came in his 48th major league at-bat. ... Young extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest by a Detroit player this season. ... The Indians are now 8-for-51 (.157) with the bases loaded, with 26 RBI. Last season, Cleveland was 48-for-130 (.369) with 130 RBI with the bases loaded. ... Detroit returns home Friday for 13 games against Toronto, Boston, Montreal and Philadelphia, its longest homestand of the season.

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