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Cabrera turns unassisted triple play; Jays deny Lee 7-0 start, earn split

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CLEVELAND -- Asdrubal Cabrera delivered a home run in the first game of a doubleheader Monday and the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history in the nightcap.

The drive helped Cleveland win 3-0. The fielding gem wasn't enough to complete the sweep.

"It's a triple play but I'm not going to talk about it; we didn't win the game," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Shannon Stewart hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, Aaron Hill added a two-run single and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cleveland 3-0 on Monday night to salvage a split of the doubleheader.

"It's nice to get one with nothing else going our way," Hill said after Toronto snapped a 31-inning scoreless streak and won for only the second time in seven games.

The nightcap featured terrific pitching by Toronto's Shaun Marcum and Cleveland's Cliff Lee, who received a big assist from Cabrera in the fifth inning.

With Kevin Mench and Marco Scutaro on with singles and running on the 1-0 pitch, Cabrera made a diving backhand catch of a line drive by Lyle Overbay, touched second base to force Mench and then tagged out Scutaro.

"I was trying to speed up the game," Overbay joked. "I get to go down in history. They can't take that away from me.

"It's not smart to hit a line drive on a hit-and-run. Only bad things can happen."

The only miscue by the 22-year-old Cabrera was that he didn't keep the ball.

"He flipped it into the stands and right as he did cried out, 'Oh, no!' " first-base coach Luis Rivera said, serving as the Venezuelan's interpreter.

"I knew it was pretty special," Cabrera said.

Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made the last unassisted triple play in the majors, on April 29, 2007, against Atlanta. Oakland second baseman Randy Velarde was the last to turn the trick in the AL, on May 29, 2000, against the Yankees.

This was the record third unassisted triple play by a Cleveland fielder.

Indians shortstop Neal Ball made the first one in history, in 1909. Cleveland second baseman Bill Wambsganss turned the only one in the World Series, in 1920 during a Game 5 victory against Brooklyn.

The Indians also have been victimized three such times. The last player to pull an unassisted triple play against them -- Ron Hansen, in 1968 for Washington -- is now an advance scout for Philadelphia and was at Progressive Field to see Cabrera's feat.

"First one I've ever seen from the stands," Hansen said. "That kid is a real good fielder and has a great future.

"On a play like that, it's just reaction and he reacted right."

Hansen said he sent both the ball he caught and his glove to the Baseball Hall of Fame and cherishes the moment forever.

"I get asked about it all the time," Hansen said. "They didn't have one for 41 years before me and then another 22 after I did it. It's that rare."

"That was pretty neat," said Lee, who pitched nine scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.67 but failed to improve on his 6-0 record. "It doesn't matter now, though. The bottom line is we've got to win."

Lee received even more defense in the top of the ninth from first baseman Victor Martinez and right fielder Franklin Gutierrez.

With one out and Stewart on second, Martinez, ordinarly a catcher, leaped to snare a line drive off the bat of Alex Rios. After an infield single by Scott Rolen sent Stewart to third, Mench lined an 0-2 pitch into the right-center gap. Gutierrez raced over and caught it with a dive to keep it scoreless.

"We made multiple plays on defense, but didn't do anything on offense," Wedge said after Cleveland totaled eight hits in the two games -- only three in the second game.

"Our approach was about as poor if not the poorest I've seen all year," Wedge said. "There's no excuse for it. Not to take anything away from (Marcum), he's a fine pitcher, but we gave away at-bats all night."

Fausto Carmona (4-1) pitched a five-hitter and Cabrera hit a two-run homer in Cleveland's 3-0 victory in the first game.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a team had both pitchers throw nine scoreless innings in a doubleheader was Boston on Sept. 5, 1977, when Don Aase and Reggie Cleveland both won in Toronto.

Marcum allowed two hits in eight innings, striking out five without a walk to match Lee pitch-for-pitch. Lee yielded seven hits, walked two and struck out five.

B.J. Ryan (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth for the victory and Scott Downs pitched the 10th for his fourth save.

Matt Stairs singled to open the Toronto 10th and took second on Overbay's infield single on a ball that glanced off Rafael Betancourt's left elbow and ricocheted into foul ground.

Betancourt (1-2) was examined by trainers and stayed in the game to face Gregg Zaun, who bunted over both runners. Pinch-hitter Brad Wilkerson was intentionally walked to load the bases for Stewart, whose fly ball to center easily scored Stairs. Hill's single to center made it 3-0.

Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak after Carmona struck out three and walked four in his second shutout and third complete game in 47 big league starts.

Notes

  • Toronto fell two innings short of their longest scoreless streak of 33 innings, May 12-16, 1981. That streak included a perfect game by the Indians' Len Barker on May 15.
  • Burnett dropped to 30-34 with a 4.31 ERA when starting with more than four days' rest. He's 42-36 with a 3.43 ERA when starting on normal rest.
  • Stairs had three of Toronto's hits.
  • Carmona fanned Hill three times for his only strikeouts.
  • Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo, recovering from elbow surgery last September, is expected to begin a rehab assignment this week at Triple-A Buffalo.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to have two pitchers go nine innings in both ends of a doubleheader was the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 13, 1993. Angel Miranda and Ricky Bones each allowed one run in nine innings.
 
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Asdrubal Cabrera tags Marco Scutaro for the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history.  (AP)
Asdrubal Cabrera tags Marco Scutaro for the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

C. Lee
IP 9.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
Toronto

A. Hill
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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