Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 9/9)

Game 1: Monday, September 9
Toronto 11Final
Cleveland 9
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
Toronto 5Final
Cleveland 4
Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
Toronto 6Final
in 11
Cleveland 5

Blue Jays 11

(64-80, 30-42 away)

Indians 9

(64-79, 34-38 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 9, 2002

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    TOR 420100400 11 - -
    CLE 001402200 9 - -

    W: B. Bowles (1-1)

    L: C. Sadler (1-1)

    S: K. Escobar (30)

    Rookies Hinske, Phelps, Wells power Jays

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- It was tough to tell which Toronto rookie -- Josh Phelps, Eric Hinske or Brian Bowles -- had the most fun Monday night.

    Vernon Wells

    Josh Phelps

    Eric Hinske

    Phelps, Hinske and Vernon Wells each homered and drove in three runs, and Bowles got his first major league win as the Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 11-9.

    ''It's the first time I've ever played in September and I'm enjoying it,'' Hinske said. ''And Josh, that's like A-Rod type stuff he's doing.''

    Jim Thome hit his 44th home run to help the Indians overcome a 6-0 deficit. He extended his streak of reaching base to 38 consecutive games, the longest current string in the majors.

    Thome added an RBI double in the seventh, giving him 100 RBI in four straight seasons and six of the last seven.

    Phelps' two-run shot off Carl Sadler (1-1) snapped a 7-7 tie in the seventh. Hinske's two-run single off Jarrod Riggan later in the inning made it 11-7.

    Bowles (1-1) allowed two runs in one inning of relief and admitted it was not how he envisioned getting win No. 1.

    ''Not exactly,'' he said. ''Obviously, I would have liked to pitch better, but I'll take it.''

    Kelvim Escobar struck out three in the ninth for his 30th save in 37 opportunities, fanning Josh Bard with two on to end it.

    Hinske doubled to start a four-run first against Jaret Wright. Hinske scored on a single by Wells, who stole second and scored on a double by Carlos Delgado for a 2-0 lead.

    Phelps had an RBI double and scored on a single by Thomas Wilson to make it 4-0.

    ''He's been a big factor in our offense,'' Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said of Phelps, who has 36 RBI in his last 26 games and is batting .305 since being called up July 2.

    Wells hit a two-run homer, his 20th, to make it 6-0 in the second.

    Wright allowed six runs and seven hits in two innings, though his ERA at Jacobs Field in 2002 actually dropped. The right-hander, who has struggled with arm injuries for two seasons, has a 37.13 ERA at home this year.

    ''They hit him hard,'' Indians interim manager Joel Skinner said. ''Basically, he left a lot of balls over the middle of the plate.''

    Hinske made it 7-1 with a homer leading off the fourth against reliever Jason Davis. Hinske's 21st homer set a Blue Jays rookie record, breaking the mark of 20 set by Fred McGriff in 1987.

    ''It feels great,'' Hinske said. ''It's an honor just to be mentioned with Fred McGriff.''

    Davis allowed one run and three hits over four innings in his major league debut, retiring the last eight he faced. He was called up earlier in the day from Double-A Akron.

    ''I can't describe how nervous I was,'' Davis said. ''I got rid of the butterflies, but it took a while.''

    Lee Stevens' three-run homer off Toronto starter Pete Walker capped the Indians' four-run fourth.

    One run scored on a groundout by Karim Garcia before Stevens hit his fifth homer since being acquired from Montreal in the deal that sent Bartolo Colon to the Expos. It was Stevens' 15th homer overall this season.

    ''I need a few more of them,'' Stevens said. ''The big thing tonight was how we came back, showed character. We lost it at the end, but battled. That's a good sign.''

    Walker allowed five runs and six hits in five innings and was helped by three double plays.

    Thome, who went 3-for-3, opened the sixth with a 412-foot shot off reliever Jason Kershner to make it 7-6. An RBI single by Bill Selby later in the inning tied it.

    Garcia's RBI double made it 11-9 in the seventh.

    Game notes

    Hinske, Wells, Delgado and Phelps went a combined 10-for-19 with eight runs and 10 RBI. ... Garcia, who was named AL player of the week Monday, went 2-for-5 and has hit safely in 15 of 16 games. ... Indians OF Milton Bradley left after two innings with a strained left oblique muscle. ... Toronto 2B Orlando Hudson left in the sixth with flulike symptoms. ... Toronto is 30-28 since the All-Star break.

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