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Boone's homers power Indians past Padres

CBS wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- Scott Elarton and Aaron Boone hope one night can start a turnaround.

Elarton recorded his first winning road start in more than four years with six solid innings and Boone hit two home runs to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

Boone broke a homerless drought of 108 at-bats when he led off the second inning with a home run. He also hit a leadoff homer in the ninth.

Cleveland also got solo homers from Grady Sizemore, who fell a double short of hitting for the cycle, and Travis Hafner as the Indians won their third straight game.

"I feel better," Boone said. "The last few days I'm starting to feel like myself. Hopefully, struggling like I have, you'd be a fool not to learn from it."

Boone, who hit .157 through the first two months of the season, has recently shown signs of snapping out of his season-long slump. He is hitting .367 in June and had his first three-hit game of the season on Sunday at the Chicago White Sox.

Boone's two homers, both off Jake Peavy (5-1), marked the first time he homered since April 27. Boone, who went 3-for-4, raised his batting average from .170 to .183.

Elarton (3-2) limited the Padres to one run and four hits in six innings as he won for the first time in 30 road starts. Elarton's last road win came on May 6, 2001, at Montreal, when he pitched for the Houston Astros. During the stretch, Elarton was 0-13 on the road.

"I never worried about it," Elarton said. "I actually didn't feel as good as I have my last three starts. I had to labor to keep the ball down."

Bob Howry got the final four outs for his second save in as many chances.

Sizemore needed just a double to complete the cycle and become the eighth player in Cleveland history to accomplish the feat. But he struck out looking in the seventh inning after he had tripled, homered and singled in his first three at-bats.

The Padres have lost four straight and fell to 1-6 in June after going 22-6 in May, the team's best record for a month in franchise history. San Diego has scored just 14 runs in seven games in June and have been shut out three times in the stretch.

"Right now, we're cold," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We have some guys not swinging the bat like we were, especially toward the bottom of the order."

San Diego's only run off Elarton came on Ryan Klesko's leadoff homer in the fourth. The home run, Klesko's 11th, snapped San Diego's scoreless streak at 25 innings. The Padres had been shut out in their last two games, including a 2-0 loss in 11 innings to Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Elarton allowed two two-out singles in the first before retiring San Diego in order in three of the next four innings. Sean Burroughs led off the sixth with a triple but was stranded by Elarton.

"It's a good sign that I can pitch when I don't have my best stuff and be able to string together some wins," Elarton said.

Peavy made his first start since May 31 and allowed five runs -- four earned -- and five hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked two. Peavy missed his last start on Sunday when he came down with an upper respiratory infection.

"That's as bad as I felt on the mound," Peavy said. "I was not able to make the ball do what I normally make it do. There are no excuses for what went on tonight other than me making bad pitches."

Sizemore tripled to lead off the game and scored on Peavy's wild pitch. Boone and Sizemore led off the next two innings with homers for a 3-0 lead.

Two outs later, Hafner added his seventh homer. Coco Crisp's sacrifice fly in fifth scored Sizemore to put Cleveland ahead 5-1.


  • Boone became the first Indian to homer twice in a game this season.
  • Padres 1B Phil Nevin (stomach flu) and CF Dave Roberts (sore right shoulder) were held out of the starting lineup.
  • Elarton came into the game with a 1-3 record and an ERA of 8.00 against San Diego in nine previous appearances, including seven starts.
  • San Diego came in with a record of 13-3 in games started by Peavy after a loss, dating to the beginning of last season.
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Travis Hafner's third-inning home run is his seventh of the season.  (AP)
Travis Hafner's third-inning home run is his seventh of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Boone
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2

S. Elarton
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 3

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4331010 .291
Alex Cora, 2B4000011 .223
Coco Crisp, LF2001110 .286
Travis Hafner, 1B4111022 .273
    Ben Broussard, 1B0000000 .270
Jody Gerut, RF4000012 .258
Aaron Boone, 3B4232000 .183
Josh Bard, C2000210 .184
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000002 .269
Scott Elarton, P2000011 .000
   a- Casey Blake, PH1000000 .187
    Matt Miller, P0000000 .000
    Scott Sauerbeck, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P1000000 .000
a-flied out for Elarton in the 7th
3B - Grady Sizemore (6, Peavy)
HR - Grady Sizemore (5, Peavy), Travis Hafner (7, Peavy), Aaron Boone 2 (6, Peavy, May)
SF - Coco Crisp (1)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (24), Coco Crisp (19), Travis Hafner (23), Aaron Boone 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner (13)
SB - Alex Cora (6, 2nd base off Peavy/Hernandez), Aaron Boone (4, 2nd base off Reyes/Hernandez)
CS - Aaron Boone (1, 3rd base by Reyes/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Peralta-Cora
Cleveland Indians
Scott Elarton (W,3-2) 6411031 5.14
Matt Miller 0.2200010 1.80
Scott Sauerbeck (H,4) 1100010 3.63
Bob Howry (S,2) 1.1000010 2.10
HBP - Burroughs (by Scott Sauerbeck), Giles (by Scott Sauerbeck)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Elarton 89-61, Matt Miller 13-9, Scott Sauerbeck 19-12, Bob Howry 20-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Elarton 7-8, Matt Miller 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Elarton 22, Matt Miller 4, Scott Sauerbeck 5, Bob Howry 4
San Diego Padres
Sean Burroughs, 3B3010000 .286
Geoff Blum, 2B4010001 .294
Ryan Klesko, LF4121011 .273
Brian Giles, RF3010011 .282
Ramon Hernandez, C4010004 .288
Mark Sweeney, 1B4010000 .267
Xavier Nady, CF4000010 .265
Khalil Greene, SS4000012 .239
Jake Peavy, P1000000 .056
   a- Damian Jackson, PH1000010 .240
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
   b- Robert Fick, PH1000012 .389
    Darrell May, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Peavy in the 5th
b-struck out for Reyes in the 7th
3B - Sean Burroughs (1, Elarton)
HR - Ryan Klesko (11, Elarton)
RBI - Ryan Klesko (29)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Greene-Blum-Sweeney
E - Jake Peavy (1, Wild throw)
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy (L,5-1) 5554263 2.67
Dennys Reyes 2100120 2.78
Darrell May 2111001 5.35
WP - Jake Peavy (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 95-61, Dennys Reyes 30-17, Darrell May 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 4-6, Dennys Reyes 1-1, Darrell May 3-3
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 23, Dennys Reyes 6, Darrell May 7
Game Information
Attendance - 29464
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Bill Welke