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Indians' Blake belts two HRs in support of C.C.'s six-hit shutout

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- C.C. Sabathia is making pitching look easy these days.

Sabathia threw a six-hitter, Casey Blake homered twice and the Cleveland Indians frustrated the Minnesota Twins 11-0 Wednesday.

"I'm sweating now because it's hot in here," Sabathia said in the clubhouse after the game. "But it didn't even feel like I was sweating out there."

Sabathia, coming off a three-hitter Friday against Pittsburgh, pitched his third career shutout and first since Sept. 6, 2004, at Seattle.

"It just seems like he's not even trying out there," Blake said. "It's like he's playing with the hitters and doing whatever he wants to do."

While Sabathia pitched his second consecutive complete game, Twins starter Brad Radke was chased in the sixth inning. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire also had a short day -- he was ejected in a hat-throwing, dirt-kicking exchange with umpire Angel Hernandez.

Sabathia (4-1) struck out eight and retired 14 straight batters during one stretch. Since coming off the disabled list May 2, the big left-hander is 4-1 with an 0.91 ERA. He has fanned 27 in his last three starts.

"I remember a few years ago, C.C. would come in 96, 97, 98 (mph) with his fastball," Minnesota star Torii Hunter said. "Now, he's throwing 95 and locating his pitches better. He's a pitcher now."

Blake, formerly of the Twins, hit a solo home run in the fourth for a 3-0 lead and added a three-run shot off Dennys Reyes in the seventh. He has nine homers this season and is batting .354.

Blake has a pair of two-homer games this year and five in his career. He's done it all for the Indians this season, batting in every spot except leadoff and cleanup.

"Confidence is a good explanation for it," he said. "Having success early in the year and not digging a hole for yourself. The great ones have confidence all the time, and success breeds confidence."

Blake's big day came after going 0-for-5 in the Indians' 6-5, 10-inning loss Tuesday night.

"If I was scuffling, maybe a year ago I'd just be unsure of myself," he said. "Today I came back. I was confident today I was going to hit the ball hard."

Victor Martinez added three hits and drove in two runs for Cleveland. The Indians have won six of eight following a six-game losing streak.

Radke allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He has lost six of his past eight starts and his ERA has ballooned to 7.44.

"He just didn't make enough pitches as he went along," Gardenhire said.

Gardenhire came out to argue calls in the first and third innings, and was tossed in the fifth. He was ejected while arguing with Hernandez at second on an obstruction call against Twins second baseman Nick Punto.

Gardenhire ran from the dugout, kicked dirt over second base and threw his hat. When the manager left his hat near second base, Hernandez picked it up and started to stuff it in his back pocket.

The exchange ended when Gardenhire returned to retrieve his hat and Hernandez tossed it to him.

"You go out there enough times and you get pitched," said Gardenhire, who has been ejected four times this season. "It didn't work out for us today -- for me."

Radke was in trouble from the start, giving up two runs in the first inning on a double by Martinez.

It was the latest in a long line of rough first-inning outings for Radke, who allowed three runs to Toronto on April 5, three to the Chicago White Sox on April 22 and two to Detroit on April 29.

Notes

  • Twins 2B Luis Castillo had the day off after complaining of some soreness in his bothersome right knee. Punto started in his place.
  • Lew Ford snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a single in the sixth.
  • Travis Hafner hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to make it 11-0.
 
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C.C. Sabathia strikes out eight in his second straight complete game. It's his third career shutout.  (AP)
C.C. Sabathia strikes out eight in his second straight complete game. It's his third career shutout. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

C. Sabathia
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 0
K 8
Cleveland

C. Blake
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4121101 .298
Jason Michaels, LF5120004 .272
Jhonny Peralta, SS5010012 .247
Travis Hafner, DH3212211 .311
Victor Martinez, C5232002 .307
Ben Broussard, 1B5110023 .368
Casey Blake, RF4224100 .354
Ron Belliard, 2B5010000 .265
Aaron Boone, 3B4221001 .259
Totals401115104414 
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (14, Radke)
HR - Casey Blake 2 (9, Radke, Reyes)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (26), Travis Hafner 2 (42), Victor Martinez 2 (28), Casey Blake 4 (34), Aaron Boone (20)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore (14), Victor Martinez 2 (14), Casey Blake 3 (17), Aaron Boone (11)
SB - Grady Sizemore (6, 3rd base off Radke/Redmond), Aaron Boone (2, 2nd base off Radke/Redmond)
CS - Jason Michaels (3, 2nd base by Radke/Redmond)
Team LOB - 6
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia (W,4-1) 9600080 1.52
Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 102-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 10-9
Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 33
Minnesota Twins
Lew Ford, LF-CF4010011 .224
Nick Punto, 2B4010001 .290
Mike Redmond, C4020011 .422
Torii Hunter, CF3010010 .276
    Jason Kubel, LF1000012 .167
Michael Cuddyer, RF4000024 .301
Justin Morneau, 1B4000012 .237
Rondell White, DH3010000 .195
Tony Batista, 3B3000011 .241
Juan Castro, SS3000000 .231
Totals330600812 
Batting
SB - Torii Hunter (4, 2nd base off Sabathia/Martinez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Castro-Punto-Morneau, Punto-Castro-Morneau
E - Tony Batista (4, misplayed grounder), Michael Cuddyer (1, wild throw), Nick Punto (3, interference error)
Minnesota Twins
Brad Radke (L,4-6) 5.21166231 7.44
Matt Guerrier 0.2122100 3.24
Dennys Reyes 0.2111001 1.69
Carlos Silva 2221110 8.28
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Radke 81-57, Matt Guerrier 9-5, Dennys Reyes 7-5, Carlos Silva 33-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Radke 4-8, Matt Guerrier 2-0, Carlos Silva 4-1
Batters Faced - Brad Radke 28, Matt Guerrier 4, Dennys Reyes 3, Carlos Silva 9
Game Information
Attendance - 22789
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt