New York at Cleveland

N.Y. Yankees
W: C. Lee (12-4) L: M. Mussina (10-7)
S: B. Wickman (29)
HR: NYY - J. Posada (14)   CLE - B. Broussard (11)

Indians 7, Yankees 4

CBS wire reports

CLEVELAND -- They don't have pinstripes, a boundless payroll or close to as many pennants. But with less than two months left in the season, the Cleveland Indians have one more win than the New York Yankees.

Somewhere in sticky Florida, The Boss is steaming.

Ben Broussard homered to begin a six-run inning against Mike Mussina and ended the rally with an RBI single, leading Cleveland to a 7-4 win over the Yankees on Wednesday night.

Dominated by Mussina (10-7) for four innings, Cleveland scored six times in the fifth off the right-hander, who came in 4-0 in his previous six starts against the Indians but lost to them for the first time since April 3, 2000.

"He was putting on a clinic," Broussard said. "He was up, down, using both sides of the plate. And then we got it going. For us to be able to do that against him is pretty cool."

Cleveland, which has won five of six, improved to 35-1 when scoring six runs or more.

"Well," Ronnie Belliard said upon learning the lopsided stat. "I hope we can keep scoring six runs."

Cliff Lee (12-4) gutted his way through some early problems to win for the sixth time in seven decisions since June 12. The left-hander allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Bob Howry and Scott Sauerbeck got the Indians to the ninth before Bob Wickman got three quick outs for his AL-leading 29th save in his 700th career appearance.

Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer for the Yankees. New York dropped 4½ games behind first-place Boston in the AL East, and the Yankees (56-49) are just a half-game ahead of the Indians (57-51) in the multiteam wild-card scramble.

It was the second straight win over New York for the Indians, whose $42 million payroll is roughly one-fifth of what Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has invested in his star-studded squad.

One Indians fan mocked the financial disparity with a sign that said: "This is what $205 million buys?"

"I don't think you need to be told in August how important everything is," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "We need to put a 'W' up there. We've let some things get away from us. At this time of year games are much more precious. We have to fight to get back to where we were."

Mussina made Indians hitters look silly for four innings and cruised into the fifth leading 4-0. But Cleveland scored six runs -- four with two outs -- against the right-hander, who threw 59 pitches in the first four innings and 44 before being pulled in the fifth.

"A disaster," Mussina said. "I just couldn't get it right. I tried everything. I had good stuff but for 10 batters, I couldn't do anything right. For about one half-hour I threw the wrong pitch at the wrong time. When you're leading 4-0 and that happens, it's disappointing. It's frustrating. I don't have an answer. I wish I did."

In the fifth, as a note on the left-field scoreboard proclaimed: "He Likes to Eat Cheeseburgers," Broussard gobbled up one of Mussina's fastballs, hitting his 11th homer to make it 4-1. Casey Blake followed with a double and scored on Coco Crisp's one-out double.

Mussina got the second out, but couldn't get No. 3 as the Indians scored four times. Jeff Liefer hit an RBI single, Aaron Boone blooped a two-run single and Broussard got his second hit of the inning -- an RBI single -- to give Cleveland a 6-4 lead.

Fired up by the run support, Lee quickly set down the Yankees in the sixth, striking out two in a 1-2-3 inning.

"Anytime you have a big inning like that you want to go out and put up zeros," Lee said. "Early on they were geared up for my fastball, so I changed it up and it seemed to work."

The Indians added a run in the seventh on shortstop Derek Jeter's throwing error.

Posada's 14th homer, a shot into the left-field bleachers, gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead in the second. His 170th career homer moved him past Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri into 17th place on the Yankees' list.

New York went ahead 4-0 in the third on Gary Sheffield's RBI single.


  • A moment of silence was observed before the game for 20 Ohio Marines killed the past two days in Iraq. All the servicemen belonged to the same Cleveland-area battalion.
  • Posada is five homers behind Bobby Murcer for 16th place on New York's career list.
  • Yankees RHP Carl Pavano pitched six innings during a rehab start for Class-A Tampa of the Florida State League. As long as Pavano doesn't have any setbacks, Torre would like to activate him early next week. Pavano has been sidelined since June 27 because of shoulder tendinitis.
  • Indians DH Travis Hafner went 0-for-4 with a walk at Double-A Akron. Barring any setbacks, Hafner, out with a concussion since July 17, will be activated for the series finale.
  • The Indians haven't swept a series from the Yankees in Cleveland since 1970.
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Players of the Game

B. Broussard
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
New York

J. Posada
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Derek Jeter, SS4110100 .301
Robinson Cano, 2B4010012 .296
Gary Sheffield, RF4010012 .302
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3011010 .316
Hideki Matsui, LF4120003 .307
Jason Giambi, DH3111121 .284
Jorge Posada, C4112012 .250
Tino Martinez, 1B4010020 .223
Bernie Williams, CF4000011 .243
2B - Derek Jeter (16, Lee), Hideki Matsui (29, Lee), Jason Giambi (12, Lee)
HR - Jorge Posada (14, Lee)
SF - Alex Rodriguez (2)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez (84), Jason Giambi (47), Jorge Posada 2 (47)
Team LOB - 6
DP - T. Martinez-Jeter
E - Derek Jeter (11, wild throw), Mike Mussina (4, wild throw)
New York Yankees
Mike Mussina (L,10-7) 4.2966471 4.05
Tanyon Sturtze 1.2211110 4.17
Wayne Franklin 1.2000220 7.11
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 103-62, Tanyon Sturtze 39-22, Wayne Franklin 35-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 5-1, Tanyon Sturtze 3-1, Wayne Franklin 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 26, Tanyon Sturtze 8, Wayne Franklin 7
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4000122 .283
Coco Crisp, LF5121011 .291
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000113 .294
Victor Martinez, C3210211 .269
Jeff Liefer, DH5121032 .250
Ron Belliard, 2B3110100 .290
Aaron Boone, 3B3022101 .230
Ben Broussard, 1B4122012 .259
Casey Blake, RF3110114 .231
2B - Coco Crisp 2 (26, Mussina, Mussina), Casey Blake (19, Mussina)
HR - Ben Broussard (11, Mussina)
RBI - Coco Crisp (39), Jeff Liefer (3), Aaron Boone 2 (40), Ben Broussard 2 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Liefer (1), Aaron Boone 2 (12), Ben Broussard (11)
SB - Coco Crisp (12, 3rd base off Mussina/Posada)
Team LOB - 10
DP - A. Boone-Belliard-Broussard
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (W,12-4) 6.2844251 4.02
Bob Howry (H,16) 0.2100010 3.50
Scott Sauerbeck (H,11) 0.2000020 3.25
Bob Wickman (S,29) 1000010 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 101-63, Bob Howry 15-9, Scott Sauerbeck 7-6, Bob Wickman 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 5-9, Bob Howry 1-0, Bob Wickman 1-1
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 29, Bob Howry 3, Scott Sauerbeck 2, Bob Wickman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35737
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Andy Fletcher