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Indians' Sabathia K's 11 in five-hit CG shutout against A's

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CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Eric Wedge is certain he's never before seen what his starting staff is accomplishing.

C.C. Sabathia pitched a five-hitter and struck out 11 in the Indians' major league-leading seventh shutout, a 2-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

Cleveland starters have pitched 43 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings since Friday.

"It's pretty special stuff what they're putting together right now," Wedge said. "They're going well beyond the call of duty right now. We just want them to give us a chance to win."

The consecutive scoreless streak is the longest by an Indians starting staff since they tossed 47 scoreless innings in August 1948. Cleveland became the first team to pitch five shutouts in an eight-game span since Oakland from July 12-19, 2002, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It feels really good," Sabathia said. "Everyone is working hard. Everyone wants to be that guy each night."

Sabathia (3-5) tied his season high for strikeouts, walked two and won consecutive starts for the first time this season. He has a 1.49 ERA over his past five starts.

Sabathia pitched his sixth shutout, his first since a five-hitter against Kansas City last June 5.

"He was outstanding tonight," Wedge said. "His rhythm was dead on. He did a good job moving his fastball. His breaking ball was effective to both left- and right-handed hitters. There were situations where he had to make pitches to finish off innings, and he did that."

Sabathia had lost his prior two starts to Oakland this season, allowing a combined 13 runs and 18 hits in 8 2/3 innings.

"Some of the swings they were taking tonight, he must have been pretty special," Cleveland third baseman Casey Blake said.

Grady Sizemore and Ryan Garko homered off Joe Blanton. Sizemore homered on Blanton's second pitch of the night, and Garko connected in the fourth.

Blanton (2-6) allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked two. He lost for the fourth time in five starts.

"Runs are going to be few and far between," Blanton said of facing Sabathia. "You just have to go out there and keep it close."

Cleveland has won seven of nine and at 21-19 moved to two games over .500 for the first time since starting the season 2-0. Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-4 with two doubles, snapping an 0-for-15 slump.

Oakland has been held scoreless in its past 23 innings at Cleveland. The A's put two on in the fifth, but Rajai Davis hit into an inning-ending forceout.

"It was another well-pitched game," A's manager Bob Geren. "What are you going to do? It seems like I have said this before. It seems like I sat here and said the same thing 24 hours ago."

Sabathia punctuated his complete game by striking out Jack Cust and Emil Brown in the ninth inning.

"That's the Cy Young Sabathia that normally steps up," said Mike Sweeney, who was 2-for-4. "He made his pitches. In his last couple starts (against the A's), he was over the plate. Tonight he was living on the corners."

Sweeney had a prediction about Sabathia, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, who is in the final year of his contract.

"If he pitches like that the rest of the year, the contract Johan Santana signed will look cheap," Sweeney said, referring to the $137.5 million, six-year deal Santana signed with the New York Mets.

Notes

  • Sizemore has three leadoff home runs this season and 14 in his career, the second-most in franchise history behind Kenny Lofton's 18.
  • Oakland's Bobby Crosby hit his 100th double.
  • Cleveland closer Joe Borowski, out since April 15 with a strained right triceps muscle, is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Friday, when the Indians start an interleague series in Cincinnati.
  • Cleveland shut out Oakland in back-to-back games for the first time since 1966.
 
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C. C. wins consecutive starts for the first time this year. He has a 1.49 ERA in his past five outings.  (AP)
C. C. wins consecutive starts for the first time this year. He has a 1.49 ERA in his past five outings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

G. Sizemore
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Cleveland

C. Sabathia
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 11
 

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Jack Cust, LF4000032 .243
Frank Thomas, DH3000112 .211
Emil Brown, RF4000012 .270
Bobby Crosby, SS3010010 .255
Jack Hannahan, 3B2000111 .242
Kurt Suzuki, C3000021 .243
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2B - Bobby Crosby (13, Sabathia)
Team LOB - 5
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Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 101-57, Keith Foulke 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 9-8, Keith Foulke 1-2
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 27, Keith Foulke 4
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3111100 .274
Jhonny Peralta, SS4020001 .211
David Dellucci, LF4000015 .235
Victor Martinez, C4000022 .333
Travis Hafner, DH3000001 .218
Ryan Garko, 1B3111000 .234
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B3000010 .196
Ben Francisco, RF3010000 .286
Casey Blake, 3B2000100 .219
Totals2925224  
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2B - Jhonny Peralta 2 (5, Blanton, Foulke), Ben Francisco (4, Blanton)
HR - Grady Sizemore (7, Blanton), Ryan Garko (4, Blanton)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (21), Ryan Garko (17)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Garko (10)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Peralta-A. Cabrera-Garko, Blake-A. Cabrera-Garko
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia (W,3-5) 95002110 5.47
Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 117-77
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 8-6
Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 32
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Game Time - 2:08
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling