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Indians win in extra innings to keep pace in wild-card race

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CLEVELAND -- One swing, and Ben Broussard left to sing.

Broussard homered leading off the 10th inning as the Cleveland Indians kept pace in the AL wild-card chase by rallying for a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

Broussard's homer off Steve Kline (2-4) not only gave the Indians a crucial win, but it ended a personal slump for the struggling first baseman who was scheduled to perform after the game at the House of Blues to promote his self-titled CD.

It's unlikely he'd hit a note in his concert as high as the one he delivered at Jacobs Field.

"It was meant to be or something," Broussard said.

So, it seemed, was Cleveland's comeback. The Indians trailed 4-1 in the eighth, and were on their way to another loss at home before Casey Blake hit a tying, three-run homer off Todd Williams.

After connecting for his 12th home run, Broussard, who came in batting .217 in his last 30 games and had been benched by manager Eric Wedge, pumped his fists as he rounded the bases. He was mobbed at home plate by his teammates, who pounded him on the head all the way back to the dugout.

Once there, Broussard nearly did a little damage of his own, banging the wall in excitement before heading to the clubhouse.

"That was a big load off my shoulders," Broussard said. "I'm kind of a mellow person, but I was pretty fired up. That was a huge win for us. I've been working hard. I've got the blisters to prove it."

As he dressed afterward, Blake looked at Broussard and shook his head.

"Unbelievable, Benny," Blake said.

"The Killer Bs," said Broussard.

The Indians, who entered the weekend 2½ games behind Oakland for the wild-card lead, are 14-6 since July 28.

Aaron Boone also homered for Cleveland.

Rookie Francisco Cabrera (1-0) allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings for his first major league win.

The Orioles have lost 24 of their last 34 road games, and Kline was willing to accept the blame for this one.

"The team played hard and I went out and stunk it up on three pitches," Kline said. "The team fought hard for a win, and I cost us."

After giving up three runs in the eighth, the Indians came back and tied it when Blake snapped an 0-for-10 slump by connecting for his 15th -- and most important -- homer this season.

Baltimore starter Eric Bedard entered the inning with a three-hitter, but left after giving up singles to Jose Hernandez and Boone. Williams quickly got ahead 1-2 in the count, but Blake battled back and drove a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left.

"I tried to keep it down to get a groundball," Williams said. "He reacted, and did his job."

Helped by left fielder Coco Crisp's error, the Orioles, who were held in check for seven innings by Indians starter Scott Elarton, scored three runs in the eighth to go ahead 4-1.

Elarton deserved a better fate than a no-decision. The right-hander gave up one run and three hits in seven innings, leaving after 94 pitches and the score tied 1-1. He walked one and struck out six.

And for the first time in 11 starts, he didn't give up a homer. Elarton tied the club record held by Sonny Siebert, who gave up a homer in 10 straight games in 1967.

Boone, who missed the previous three games with a stiff neck, tied it at 1 in the fifth with his 11th homer.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Miguel Tejada's RBI single.

Rafael Palmeiro was not in Baltimore's lineup for the second straight game, sidelined with a sprained right ankle. Palmeiro injured himself on an infield single Tuesday in Oakland and has played only twice since coming back from a 10-day steroid suspension.

A tender ankle was the latest complication for Palmeiro, who can only hope to repair a tarnished reputation.

"Everything has been hard," he said. "It's something that I would have never, ever expected. It kind of came out of nowhere and when it happened, I wasn't prepared for it."

Notes

  • Kline made his first appearance at Jacobs Field since May 8, 1997, when he was with the Indians.
  • Indians 2B Ronnie Belliard sat out with a sprained neck and shoulder he hurt in a collision with second-base umpire Eric Cooper on Thursday. Hernandez made his first start of the season at second.
  • Sign of the times: On the lineup board in the media dining room, Baltimore's No. 7 hitter was listed as Sammy Soso. He's batting .108 (4-for-37) in his past 10 games.
  • Baltimore pitchers have given up 45 homers in 28 games.
 
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Ben Broussard caps the Indians' comeback with this drive over the right-field wall. (AP)
Ben Broussard caps the Indians' comeback with this drive over the right-field wall. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

B. Broussard
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Baltimore

M. Mora
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4210110 .319
Eric Byrnes, LF5000013 .241
Melvin Mora, 3B4012110 .280
Miguel Tejada, SS4011011 .317
Javy Lopez, C4020001 .294
Jay Gibbons, 1B4000002 .260
Sammy Sosa, DH4110011 .226
David Newhan, RF2000110 .210
Luis Matos, CF4110012 .299
Totals354733710 
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (34, Elarton), Javy Lopez (16, Elarton)
3B - Melvin Mora (1, Howry)
SH - David Newhan (2)
RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (56), Miguel Tejada (79)
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (31)
SB - Brian Roberts (23, 2nd base off Howry/Martinez), Luis Matos 2 (15, 2nd base off Betancourt/Martinez, 3rd base off Howry/Martinez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Tejada-B. Roberts-Gibbons
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard 7533071 3.12
Todd Williams (BS,2) 0.1111011 3.66
Tim Byrdak 1000210 2.89
Jorge Julio 0.2100000 4.37
Steve Kline (L,2-4)0111001 4.99
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 104-71, Todd Williams 10-6, Tim Byrdak 23-12, Jorge Julio 17-11, Steve Kline 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 4-9, Tim Byrdak 1-1, Jorge Julio 2-0
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 25, Todd Williams 2, Tim Byrdak 5, Jorge Julio 3, Steve Kline 1
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4000020 .288
Coco Crisp, LF3000100 .297
Jhonny Peralta, SS3010100 .306
Travis Hafner, DH4010023 .311
Victor Martinez, C4000011 .277
Jose Hernandez, 2B4120011 .242
Aaron Boone, 3B4221000 .237
Casey Blake, 1B-RF4113011 .240
Jason Dubois, RF3000020 .235
    Ben Broussard, 1B1111000 .256
Totals34585296 
Batting
HR - Aaron Boone (11, Bedard), Casey Blake (15, T. Williams), Ben Broussard (12, Kline)
RBI - Aaron Boone (43), Casey Blake 3 (40), Ben Broussard (43)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Boone (14)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - A. Boone-Hernandez-Blake
E - Coco Crisp (5, misplayed ball)
Cleveland Indians
Scott Elarton 7311160 4.41
Rafael Betancourt 0.1233100 3.21
Bob Howry 0.1100000 3.06
Fernando Cabrera (W,1-0) 2.1100110 1.15
IBB - B. Roberts by Rafael Betancourt
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Elarton 94-62, Rafael Betancourt 18-12, Bob Howry 10-5, Fernando Cabrera 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Elarton 4-10, Rafael Betancourt 1-0, Fernando Cabrera 3-3
Batters Faced - Scott Elarton 24, Rafael Betancourt 4, Bob Howry 2, Fernando Cabrera 9
Game Information
Attendance - 33160
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Jim Reynolds