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Cleveland at San Diego

Final 11th
San Diego
W: R. Betancourt (2-2) L: T. Hoffman (0-2)
S: B. Wickman (15)
HR: CLE - None   SD - None

Error leads to Indians' extra-inning victory over Padres

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- The Cleveland Indians are beginning to enjoy working late.

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Khalil Greene's two-out throwing error allowed Cleveland to snap a scoreless tie and beat the San Diego Padres 2-0 in 11 innings Tuesday night for its second consecutive extra-inning victory.

The Indians have gone to extra innings in six of their past 13 games, winning three of those.

"These guys are working hard to get over the hump," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "All these close games that we play will help us down the road, hopefully this season."

The Padres have been shut out in back-to-back games, extending their scoreless streak to 22 innings. They lost 4-0 to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

"We made the first mistake," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was the difference in the game. We haven't scored in two games. That's where the problem lies."

Jhonny Peralta, who entered in the 10th inning in a double switch, started the Indians' 11th with a one-out bloop single to center off Trevor Hoffman (0-2). Grady Sizemore followed with a double into the right-field corner for his third hit, putting runners at second and third.

After Hoffman struck out Coco Crisp, Ben Broussard hit a two-hop grounder to shortstop. Greene threw on the run and bounced his throw to first. Phil Nevin couldn't scoop up the ball, and Peralta scored.

"That's not what I wanted to do," Broussard said. "I started to swing and tried to stop but the ball hit the bat. But that's why you run out every ball hard."

Victor Martinez then singled in Sizemore.

Greene made no excuses for his poor throw.

"It was just a bad throw," he explained. "I didn't have the greatest grip. I kind of guided it instead of throwing it. When it left my hand, I wished I could have had it back. It's a bad feeling when you know you let everybody down."

Rafael Betancourt (2-2) pitched a perfect 10th inning and Bob Wickman recorded three outs for his 15th save in 18 chances, but not without a scare.

Miguel Ojeda nearly tied it with a two-run homer, but his long drive to left just hooked foul by a few feet. Ojeda then grounded out to end the game.

San Diego lost its third in a row and for the fifth time in eight games on a 13-game homestand, the club's longest of the season.

Starting pitchers Cliff Lee and Brian Lawrence matched each other through seven innings with neither allowing any good scoring chances.

Lawrence shut out the Indians on five hits through eight innings. The right-hander struck out one and did not walk a batter. Lawrence retired 14 of his final 15 batters.

Lee, who has a 5-1 road record, allowed five hits in seven shutout innings with a career-high nine strikeouts and two walks. It was only the fourth time this season the left-hander pitched at least seven innings in 12 starts.

San Diego's best opportunity came in the third after a leadoff infield single by Sean Burroughs, a walk to Lawrence and a sacrifice. Lee induced Geoff Blum to pop out, and catcher Martinez then made a great catch over the backstop netting on Brian Giles' foul popup.

Lawrence, coming off one of his worst starts of the season, managed to get out of a minor jam in the first when Cleveland had runners at first and third with two outs. Lawrence escaped by getting Jody Gerut on a foul popup.

The only other Indians runner to reach second base against Lawrence was Crisp on a two-out double in the sixth.


  • Gerut was ejected after making the last out of the 11th inning when he slammed his helmet to the ground after arguing with plate umpire Bill Welke. Gerut argued that his grounder should have been a foul ball because it hit his foot.
  • Padres CF Dave Roberts was a late scratch with sore shoulder and was replaced by Xavier Nady. Roberts entered in the ninth as a pinch runner.
  • The Indians played in San Diego for only the second time in franchise history. Their only other appearance was a pair of exhibition games in 1968.
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The Indians play their sixth extra-inning affair over the past 13 games, going 3-3 in those contests.  (AP)
The Indians play their sixth extra-inning affair over the past 13 games, going 3-3 in those contests. (AP)

Players of the Game

G. Sizemore
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
San Diego

R. Klesko
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Game Information
Attendance - 25047
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom