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Millwood gets 100th win as Indians sweep Rockies

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CLEVELAND -- Two drained bottles of champagne sat atop a cart as Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" blasted through the clubhouse speakers.

Kevin Millwood finally got to host a party he'd been planning for months.

Millwood got his 100th career victory and the Cleveland Indians pushed their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 2-1 win and series sweep of the homesick Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.

Millwood (2-4) pitched five shutout innings in his first start since May 25 when he pulled a groin muscle against Minnesota, and went on the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander, who won 98 games with Atlanta and Philadelphia, gave up four hits before being pulled after 85 pitches.

"It's a real thrill," Millwood said of hitting the century mark. "It's something that I've been gearing up for all season."

As for the champagne, Millwood was wondering if it was ever going to get popped.

"It's been on ice for a while," he said with a smile.

Colorado dropped to 4-26 away from Coors Field, and its road woes have reached record proportions. Since 1900, only six teams, including the Tampa Bay Devil Rays earlier this season, have gone 4-26 in their first 30 road games.

The young Rockies, who are 0-3 on a nine-game trip to Cleveland, Baltimore and Houston, have been swept in six series on the road.

Their frustration was exemplified by shortstop Desi Relaford, who slammed down his bat when he was called out looking for the final out by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi.

"That was the worst call I've ever seen," Relaford said. "And when he sees the tape, he'll see the same thing. It wasn't even close. There is no way you can ever call that a strike. With the way things are going for us now, we don't need an extra cat back there going against us."

Grady Sizemore and Coco Crisp had RBI off Jamey Wright (4-6) for the surging Indians, who have won nine of 10 and are 17-7 since May 21.

Cleveland's bullpen, which entered with the AL's second-lowest ERA (3.56), came through again after Millwood left. Scott Sauerbeck, Bob Howry, Arthur Rhodes and Bob Wickman combined to hold the Rockies to one run and three hits over the final four innings. Wickman worked the ninth for his 18th save.

The Rockies put the tying run on second with none out, but Wickman got Ryan Shealy on a grounder before Jorge Piedra hit a liner that Crisp caught with a slide. Wickman then struck out Relaford as the Indians, who weren't winning tight games a few weeks ago, improved to 11-16 in one-run games.

"We're starting to have fun," Millwood said. "We're moving runners over. We're scoring when we need to. One run an inning is better than none. We're finally starting to click a little bit."

Indians second baseman Ronnie Belliard and right fielder Jody Gerut helped Millwood reach the 100-win plateau with excellent defensive plays.

Shealy hit his first major-league homer, a solo shot in the seventh to make it 2-1. One out later, Gerut raced to his left and fully extended to make a diving grab on a ball hit by Relaford.

"Those are the toughest ones," Gerut said. "If it gets by me, it's a triple, easy."

Millwood was noticeably rusty in the first when the Rockies loaded the bases on a single and two walks. But Millwood fought his way through, needing 33 pitches to get out of the inning without giving up a run.

"I felt like it was my first time out there," he said. "I certainly didn't want to throw 33 pitches."

He got a double play to get out of trouble in the second, then escaped from a two-on, one-out situation in the fifth when Belliard atoned for an error moments earlier with a backhanded stop to start a double play.

The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the third, and as has been the case for weeks, Sizemore got the big hit.

Aaron Boone opened with a double and moved to third when Alex Cora pulled a groundout to the right side. Sizemore, who came in batting .460 in June, followed with an RBI single. Sizemore stole second and scored on Crisp's single.

Wright allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.

Notes

  • In his last 12 games, Sizemore is batting .481 (26-of-54) with 15 runs.
  • The other teams to start 4-26 on the road were: the Devil Rays (2005), Minnesota Twins (1982), Chicago Cubs (1981), Philadelphia Phillies (1928), Philadelphia Athletics (1916) and Washington Senators (1904).
  • Indians 1B Ben Broussard was replaced in the fifth by pinch-hitter Jose Hernandez. Broussard left the ballpark to be with his wife, Brenda, who went into labor with the couple's first child.
  • Cleveland is an AL-best 10-2 in interleague action.
 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

G. Sizemore
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

R. Shealy
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Eddy Garabito, 2B4010000 .367
Garrett Atkins, 3B3000122 .301
    Luis Gonzalez, PR-3B0000000 .256
Todd Helton, 1B3000110 .252
Preston Wilson, CF4010013 .274
Bradley Hawpe, RF3020100 .283
    Cory Sullivan, PR0000000 .306
Ryan Shealy, DH4111015 .250
Jorge Piedra, LF4010002 .429
Desi Relaford, SS4000022 .281
J.D. Closser, C3010011 .212
Totals321713815 
Batting
2B - Preston Wilson (13, Sauerbeck), Bradley Hawpe (5, Millwood)
HR - Ryan Shealy (1, Howry)
RBI - Ryan Shealy (3)
SB - Eddy Garabito (3, 2nd base off Millwood/Martinez), Cory Sullivan (5, 2nd base off Wickman/Martinez)
CS - Preston Wilson (1, 3rd base by Sauerbeck/Martinez)
Team LOB - 7
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Wright (L,4-6) 7522240 5.40
Bobby Seay 0.2100010 10.80
David Cortes 0.1000010 3.21
Pitches-Strikes - Jamey Wright 100-58, Bobby Seay 13-9, David Cortes 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamey Wright 12-3, Bobby Seay 1-0
Batters Faced - Jamey Wright 26, Bobby Seay 3, David Cortes 1
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4121000 .309
Coco Crisp, LF3011111 .282
Ben Broussard, 1B2000011 .256
   a- Jose Hernandez, PH-1B2000022 .232
Travis Hafner, DH3000011 .279
Victor Martinez, C2000110 .209
Ron Belliard, 2B3010001 .289
Jody Gerut, RF3000001 .301
Aaron Boone, 3B3110001 .193
Alex Cora, SS3010001 .218
Totals28262269 
a-?? for Broussard in the 5th
Batting
2B - Aaron Boone (7, Wright)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (30), Coco Crisp (25)
SB - Grady Sizemore (8, 2nd base off Wright/Closser), Coco Crisp (7, 2nd base off Wright/Closser)
CS - Grady Sizemore (5, 2nd base by Wright/Closser)
PK - Coco Crisp (1, Wright)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Belliard-Cora-Broussard, Belliard-Cora-Broussard
E - Ron Belliard (4, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Kevin Millwood (W,2-4) 5400250 2.95
Scott Sauerbeck (H,5) 1100000 3.38
Bob Howry (H,9) 1111011 3.03
Arthur Rhodes (H,10) 1000110 0.99
Bob Wickman (S,18) 1100010 2.88
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 85-59, Scott Sauerbeck 10-6, Bob Howry 18-11, Arthur Rhodes 20-12, Bob Wickman 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 5-4, Scott Sauerbeck 2-0, Arthur Rhodes 1-1, Bob Wickman 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 20, Scott Sauerbeck 3, Bob Howry 4, Arthur Rhodes 4, Bob Wickman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19244
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor