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Indians match history, top Reds to run home mark to 16-4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Kelly Shoppach took a chance with a risky throw, and helped the Cleveland Indians match the best home start in their 107-year history.

Shoppach made a big play by throwing out Cincinnati's Ryan Freel trying to steal third base in the eighth inning, and Paul Byrd remained unbeaten at Jacobs Field as the Indians beat the Reds 5-3 on Sunday.

"It was one of those do-or-die plays," Cleveland's catcher said. "I was a little lucky, I guess."

The daring throw -- which Shoppach later second-guessed despite the favorable outcome -- soothed Byrd's uneasiness and got Reds manager Jerry Narron ejected for the first time this season.

"Shoppach's throw changed the game," said Byrd (4-1). "I had a bad feeling until that happened."

The Indians' 16-4 home start tied the mark set by the 1995 club, which went 54-18 at home on the way to Cleveland's first World Series appearance in 41 years.

Byrd, who improved to 4-0 at home, allowed three runs and nine hits over seven-plus innings. He left with a 5-2 lead after consecutive singles by Chad Moeller, Freel and Norris Hopper loaded the bases in the eighth.

Ken Griffey Jr. then hit a sacrifice fly to center off reliever Aaron Fultz, scoring Moeller to make it 5-3.

On the first pitch from reliever Rafael Betancourt, Freel took off and Shoppach came up firing -- putting the ball right on the bag, where third baseman Casey Blake made a diving stop to keep it from getting past.

"Actually, I never had to tag him," Blake said. "The ball was right there and he slid into it."

Narron and Reds third-base coach Mark Berry weren't as sure.

"Mark had the best angle and he sure didn't think he was out," Narron said. "The umpire (Gary Darling) was behind the play. He called it the way he saw it, but that's not the way we saw it."

Shoppach questioned his own decision to get Freel, who in the third inning was picked off second base by Byrd. The catcher said he considered another pickoff, but didn't get the chance as Freel took off.

"It was a scary play," Shoppach said. "I really shouldn't have thrown it, but it worked out good."

Betancourt then struck out Brandon Phillips to end the threat.

Joe Borowski worked the ninth for his 13th save in 15 tries.

Actually, Cleveland is 14-3 at the Jake and 2-1 at Milwaukee's Miller Park. An April series was moved there because of cold weather.

"We haven't played at home as much and I think the guys appreciate being here," manager Eric Wedge said. "The fans have really been great despite the weather."

Jhonny Peralta hit his 10th homer to start Cleveland's four-run fourth against Aaron Harang (5-2). The Indians' first six batters in the inning reached safely. Peralta's ninth homer in his last 23 games tied it 2-2, then Josh Barfield had a two-run double and scored on a single by Shoppach to make it 5-2.

Phillips extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games with a second-inning homer for Cincinnati, but Reds rookie outfielder Josh Hamilton was not with the team.

Hamilton, who has made an inspirational comeback from drug and alcohol abuse, was sent to Cincinnati to be examined by Reds doctors. He had been treated and released at Lutheran Hospital Saturday for a stomach ailment.

The Reds have lost nine of their last 11 road games and 13 of 17 overall.

Phillips led off the Reds' second with his eighth homer. A sacrifice fly by Juan Castro later in the inning made it 2-0.

Cleveland cut it to 2-1 in the third on an RBI groundout by Blake.

Harang allowed five runs and nine hits over five innings - the sixth time in 10 starts this season that the right-hander allowed five runs. He was activated from the bereavement list to make the start. He had been in San Diego with his ailing grandfather.

Notes

  • Indians CF Grady Sizemore was caught stealing second in the fourth after opening the season 15-for-15.
  • Peralta didn't hit his 10th homer last season until July 31, in Cleveland's 88th game.
  • Byrd is 4-1 in 14 career appearances against Cincinnati.
  • The crowd of 32,524 put the weekend total at 102,016, the most to see a three-game series in Cleveland between Ohio's intrastate rivals since 127,512 attended in 2001.
  • Byrd has not allowed a walk in his last 30 2/3 innings.
 
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Casey Blake gets Ryan Freel out on a steal attempt in the eighth as the Indians win again at home.  (AP)
Casey Blake gets Ryan Freel out on a steal attempt in the eighth as the Indians win again at home. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

J. Peralta
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

R. Freel
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, 3B4030000 .271
Norris Hopper, CF3010002 .267
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3001010 .297
Brandon Phillips, 2B4111011 .292
Adam Dunn, LF4000020 .260
Jeff Conine, DH4110000 .284
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4020000 .286
Juan Castro, SS2001001 .174
Chad Moeller, C3110012 .214
Totals3139305  
Batting
2B - Scott Hatteberg (5, Byrd)
HR - Brandon Phillips (8, Byrd)
SF - Ken Griffey Jr. (3), Juan Castro (1)
SH - Norris Hopper (1)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (26), Brandon Phillips (25), Juan Castro (3)
CS - Ryan Freel (5, 3rd base by Betancourt/Shoppach)
PK - Ryan Freel (1, Byrd)
Team LOB - 4
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,5-2) 5955131 4.78
Brad Salmon 1000010 3.18
Mike Stanton 1100100 6.43
Jared Burton 1000010 0.00
WP - Aaron Harang (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 99-67, Brad Salmon 9-5, Mike Stanton 23-12, Jared Burton 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 7-4, Brad Salmon 1-1, Mike Stanton 1-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 24, Brad Salmon 3, Mike Stanton 5, Jared Burton 3
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4010011 .273
Casey Blake, 3B4011001 .255
Travis Hafner, 1B3010102 .281
Victor Martinez, DH4010002 .326
Jhonny Peralta, SS4121012 .275
David Dellucci, LF3100101 .236
Jason Michaels, RF4110021 .273
Josh Barfield, 2B4112001 .225
Kelly Shoppach, C3121010 .302
Totals33510525  
Batting
2B - Casey Blake (12, Harang), Josh Barfield (3, Harang), Kelly Shoppach (5, Harang)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (10, Harang)
RBI - Casey Blake (18), Jhonny Peralta (31), Josh Barfield 2 (18), Kelly Shoppach (7)
SB - Josh Barfield (5, 3rd base off Harang/Moeller)
CS - Grady Sizemore (1, 2nd base by Harang/Moeller)
Team LOB - 6
Cleveland Indians
Paul Byrd (W,4-1) 7933031 3.55
Aaron Fultz (H,8) 0.1000000 1.98
Rafael Betancourt (H,7) 0.2000010 2.35
Joe Borowski (S,13) 1000010 8.44
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 82-63, Aaron Fultz 3-2, Rafael Betancourt 6-5, Joe Borowski 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 7-10
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 29, Aaron Fultz 1, Rafael Betancourt 1, Joe Borowski 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32524
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Gary Darling