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Carmona wins to give Indians two 10-game winners before break

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Cleveland right-hander Fausto Carmona says his focus these days is slowing down his routine on the mound. As a result, the wins seem to be piling up much more quickly.

Casey Blake hit a three-run homer, Carmona won consecutive starts for the first time in almost two months and the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Saturday.

Carmona (10-4) allowed three runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out five. He won back-to-back starts for the first time since May 12 and 17.

"It seems like everything is slowing down," Carmona said through a translator. "I'll walk around the mound and make sure I throw the right pitch. I'm not rushing on the mound. I'm putting thought before my actions."

Carmona went 1-10 in 38 games with Cleveland in 2006, losing his last 10 decisions, and came to spring training this season just hoping stick with the big league team. The 23-year-old native of the Dominican Republic said learning to take his time while pitching has paid off.

Along with left-hander C.C. Sabathia (12-3), Carmona gives the Indians two 10-win starters before the All-Star break for the first time since 1956, when Bob Lemon and Early Wynn both had 10 wins.

"I'm happy for Fausto," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He's really picked us up."

Blake said the reactions from opposing batters tell him all he needs to know about Carmona's turnaround.

"I'm pretty impressed, but I'm not surprised," Blake said. "After people face him, they just say, 'Man, this guy is one of the best we've seen.'"

Blake's homer, his second in as many days, was one of four by the Indians, who also got solo shots from Victor Martinez, Grady Sizemore and Trot Nixon.

"Between last year and this year, one thing is he's become much more comfortable with his hitting in runners in scoring position, not trying to do too much," Wedge said of Blake. "He really figured it out last year and he's taken it into this year. He's a fantastic all-around ball player."

Toronto starter Shaun Marcum (4-3) lost for the first time in 11 starts since joining the rotation May 13. Marcum allowed eight runs and nine hits over 3 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.

"It's tough to go out there every single day and do your job," Marcum said. "I guess all things come to an end at some point."

After Travis Hafner's RBI double in the first, Cleveland scored five more in the second. Josh Barfield had an RBI single, Blake hit a three-run homer and Martinez followed with a solo blast.

It's the fifth time this season the Indians have hit back-to-back home runs.

Martinez left the game in the bottom of the fifth with a bruised left knee and is listed as day to day. Martinez, who is on a 12-game hitting streak, was replaced by Kelly Shoppach.

"It's a little sore but it's nothing to worry about," Martinez said. "I think I'll be able to play (Sunday)."

Sizemore's homer and a run-scoring single by Hafner made it 8-0 in the fourth before Nixon led off the fifth with a solo drive to left, his third of the season.

Toronto chased Carmona with a three-run sixth. Aaron Hill singled off the glove of Blake to score Frank Thomas, John McDonald hit an RBI single to right and Vernon Wells was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Rafael Perez came on and got Reed Johnson to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Alex Rios tripled to lead off the seventh and scored when Matt Stairs' grounder went through the legs of first baseman Ryan Garko.

Rafael Betancourt worked two hitless innings before Joe Borowski closed it out in the ninth.

Notes

  • Outfielder Ben Francisco was the only Indians starter not to get a hit.
  • Hill snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a single in the fourth.
  • The Blue Jays ended the fourth and sixth innings by grounding into bases-loaded double plays.
 
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Casey Blake connects for a game-breaking three-run home run, giving the Indians a 5-0 lead.  (AP)
Casey Blake connects for a game-breaking three-run home run, giving the Indians a 5-0 lead. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

C. Blake
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cleveland

F. Carmona
IP 5.1
H 8
ER 3
BB 3
K 5
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4221102 .284
Casey Blake, 3B5223023 .279
Victor Martinez, C3221001 .328
    Kelly Shoppach, C2000010 .341
Travis Hafner, DH5022000 .262
Jhonny Peralta, SS5030011 .281
Ryan Garko, 1B5110024 .292
Trot Nixon, RF3111102 .241
    Franklin Gutierrez, RF1000000 .284
Ben Francisco, LF4000112 .357
Josh Barfield, 2B4111012 .256
Totals41914938  
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (17, Wolfe), Casey Blake (21, Marcum), Victor Martinez (23, Marcum), Travis Hafner (11, Marcum), Jhonny Peralta (16, Marcum), Ryan Garko (13, Marcum)
HR - Grady Sizemore (15, Marcum), Casey Blake (14, Marcum), Victor Martinez (16, Marcum), Trot Nixon (3, Wolfe)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (46), Casey Blake 3 (48), Victor Martinez (68), Travis Hafner 2 (57), Trot Nixon (26), Josh Barfield (38)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake 3 (16), Victor Martinez (25), Travis Hafner 2 (16), Josh Barfield (13)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Barfield-Peralta-Garko, Barfield-Peralta-Garko
E - Ryan Garko (3, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (W,10-4) 5.1833350 3.85
Rafael Perez 0.2111000 2.22
Rafael Betancourt 2000020 1.13
Joe Borowski 1000010 5.35
HBP - Johnson (by Fausto Carmona), V. Wells (by Fausto Carmona)
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 103-67, Rafael Perez 11-5, Rafael Betancourt 25-19, Joe Borowski 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 6-4, Rafael Perez 2-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-3, Joe Borowski 2-0
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 28, Rafael Perez 3, Rafael Betancourt 6, Joe Borowski 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Vernon Wells, CF3001110 .256
Reed Johnson, LF4000022 .244
Alex Rios, RF5110022 .295
Matt Stairs, 1B5001011 .292
Frank Thomas, DH4130001 .254
Gregg Zaun, C3120100 .246
Aaron Hill, 2B4121013 .265
Howie Clark, 3B3000102 .270
John McDonald, SS4011012 .288
Totals3549438  
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (24, Carmona)
3B - Alex Rios (3, R. Perez)
RBI - Vernon Wells (50), Matt Stairs (35), Aaron Hill (48), John McDonald (12)
Team LOB - 9
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum (L,4-3) 3.1988123 3.62
Brian Wolfe 1.2411001 3.48
Jason Frasor 1100220 4.46
Brian Tallet 2000030 2.75
Jordan De Jong 1000010 8.00
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 83-47, Brian Wolfe 43-30, Jason Frasor 27-15, Brian Tallet 24-14, Jordan De Jong 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 1-7, Brian Wolfe 3-2, Brian Tallet 1-2, Jordan De Jong 1-1
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 20, Brian Wolfe 9, Jason Frasor 6, Brian Tallet 6, Jordan De Jong 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25744
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals