Cleveland at St. Louis

St. Louis
W: C. Lee (7-5) L: J. Marquis (9-6)
HR: CLE - G. Sizemore (15), T. Hafner (20), T. Hollandsworth (3), T. Hafner (21)   STL - None

Hafner's two home runs help Indians roll over Cardinals

CBS wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- The Cleveland Indians' hottest pitcher helped them finally get off on the right foot.

Cliff Lee worked six strong innings to win his fourth game this month and keep his perfect interleague record intact, and Travis Hafner homered twice in a 10-3 victory over the sagging St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

The win snapped a string of 10 straight losses in series openers dating to May 23.

"I didn't even realize that, to be honest with you," Lee said. "I just wanted to go out there and pitch my game and go with the scouting report we had on the guys."

Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the fifth for the Indians, who also got homers from Grady Sizemore and Todd Hollandsworth and won for only the fourth time in 13 games. The Indians are 1-8-1 in their last 10 series, losing the last seven.

"This is a good start for us and that's the way we've got to look at it," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "This will get the monkey off their back."

The Cardinals have lost seven in a row for the first time since 2002. Manager Tony La Russa prefaced his postgame news conference with these words: "Go on, punish me. Let's go."

"We're not having fun," La Russa said. "Most of the games aren't close. It's a real struggle, but they're in the book."

Jason Marquis (9-6) was battered for the second straight start, allowing seven runs in six innings. He gave up three of the homers and has allowed seven in his last two outings to tie for the major league lead with 19.

In the last two games, he has allowed 20 earned runs in 11 innings.

"I felt great, I had a lot of life on my ball," Marquis said. "A couple of times, bad pitch selection, and a couple of times bad pitch location."

Lee (7-5) gave up two runs and eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks and is 6-0 with a 3.27 ERA against the NL, including a victory over the Chicago Cubs in his last start. He's 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA in five June starts, one of the lone bright spots for a team that's only 8-15 this month.

"About the last month or so he's been the Cliff we expect to see out there," Wedge said of Lee, an 18-game winner last year. "That's what we want to keep seeing."

Victor Martinez added two hits and an RBI for the Indians. Hafner, who leads the team with 21 homers, is batting .371 (13-for-35) during a nine-game hitting streak.

"He's right up there with Pujols, one of the best hitters in baseball," Lee said. "For him to have a game like that doesn't surprise me at all."

Scott Rolen and So Taguchi each had three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who have been outscored 64-27 during an all-interleague losing streak. The NL Central leaders' slump is their worst since July 31-Aug. 7, 2002, and they're coming off their first winless two-city trip since 1997.

They are also 0-5 since Albert Pujols returned from an injury after going 8-7 without him.

Sizemore's 15th homer was a two-run shot in the third for the game's first runs. The Cardinals tied it on RBI singles by Rolen in the third and Taguchi in the fourth before the Indians took control.

Peralta's two-run triple off the right-field wall made it 4-2 and Hafner followed with his first homer. Hollandsworth led off the sixth with his third for a 7-2 cushion and Hafner hit his second in the ninth to make it 10-3.


  • Sizemore was thrown out trying to steal in the first by C Yadier Molina, then walked and stole second in the seventh. Molina is 10-for-25 against base stealers on the year and Sizemore has 13 steals in 15 attempts.
  • Lee induced three foul outs to C Martinez and could have had a fourth, but Martinez dropped David Eckstein's pop-up near the plate for an error in the sixth.
  • The Cardinals are 43-23 at home in interleague play, but 2-5 against the Indians at home and 3-9 overall against Cleveland.
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Jhonny Peralta gives Travis Hafner a high-five after the first of Hafner's two home runs.  (AP)
Jhonny Peralta gives Travis Hafner a high-five after the first of Hafner's two home runs. (AP)

Players of the Game

T. Hafner
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2

G. Sizemore
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Grady Sizemore, CF4222112 .300
Ron Belliard, 2B3210102 .289
Jhonny Peralta, SS5112013 .253
Travis Hafner, 1B4223101 .313
Victor Martinez, C5021010 .294
Todd Hollandsworth, LF4112001 .205
Aaron Boone, 3B4000013 .252
    Fausto Carmona, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Cabrera, P0000000 .000
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4220010 .167
Cliff Lee, P3000022 .000
    Ramon Vazquez, 3B1010000 .167
2B - Victor Martinez (16, Marquis), Franklin Gutierrez (1, Marquis)
3B - Jhonny Peralta (1, Marquis)
HR - Grady Sizemore (15, Marquis), Travis Hafner 2 (21, Marquis, Thompson), Todd Hollandsworth (3, Marquis)
SF - Todd Hollandsworth (2)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (38), Jhonny Peralta 2 (34), Travis Hafner 3 (62), Victor Martinez (48), Todd Hollandsworth 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (11), Travis Hafner 2 (23)
SB - Grady Sizemore (12, 2nd base off Hancock/Molina)
CS - Grady Sizemore (2, 2nd base by Marquis/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Carmona-Peralta-Hafner
E - Victor Martinez (6, dropped foul)
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (W,7-5) 6822250 4.61
Fausto Carmona 2411010 4.86
Fernando Cabrera 1000110 5.81
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 111-71, Fausto Carmona 40-30, Fernando Cabrera 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 3-10, Fausto Carmona 3-1
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 28, Fausto Carmona 9, Fernando Cabrera 4
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5010010 .318
So Taguchi, CF5131020 .290
Albert Pujols, 1B4010103 .312
Scott Rolen, 3B4131000 .348
   a- Scott Spiezio, PH0000100 .281
Juan Encarnacion, RF5011005 .283
Hector Luna, LF3020102 .317
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .500
Yadier Molina, C4000014 .214
Aaron Miles, 2B4110011 .273
Jason Marquis, P2000012 .171
   b- Timo Perez, PH1000010 .261
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
    John Rodriguez, LF1000000 .298
a-walked for Rolen in the 9th
b-struck out for Marquis in the 6th
2B - Scott Rolen (24, Carmona), Hector Luna (9, Lee)
RBI - So Taguchi (26), Scott Rolen (49), Juan Encarnacion (42)
2-OUT RBI - So Taguchi (12), Juan Encarnacion (20)
Team LOB - 11
St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Marquis (L,9-6) 6977053 5.82
Josh Hancock 0.1122300 3.79
Tyler Johnson 0.2000000 4.61
Brad Thompson 2211021 4.46
HBP - Belliard (by Jason Marquis)
WP - Josh Hancock (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 91-60, Josh Hancock 21-11, Tyler Johnson 6-4, Brad Thompson 33-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 3-9, Brad Thompson 1-3
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 27, Josh Hancock 5, Tyler Johnson 2, Brad Thompson 8
Game Information
Attendance - 44659
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Bill Miller