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CLEVELAND -- After completing a rare unassisted triple play a few weeks ago, the Cleveland Indians pulled off an even stranger feat with a triple steal.
The Indians accomplished the feat in an 8-2 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
With the bases loaded and Ben Francisco batting, White Sox pitcher Ehren Wasserman faked a throw to third and threw to first, which caught Jamey Carroll off the bag. First baseman Paul Konerko got Carroll in a brief rundown. David Dellucci broke from third and Konerko's throw to catcher Toby Hall was in the dirt, allowing Dellucci to score. Dellucci, Carroll and Grady Sizemore, who was on second when the play began, were given stolen bases.
The odd play didn't result in good reviews from either team.
"Those are not plays we practice in spring training," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
"It was crazy," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We really did a lot wrong. You can name it and name it. It's a good thing it was one game."
The last triple steal came on Oct. 1, 1987, by Atlanta against Houston according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Indians already had a cushion at that point as Franklin Gutierrez hit a grand slam in the first inning to give Cleveland all the runs its would need. Gutierrez continues to thrive on Mark Buehrle.
"I know this guy," said Gutierrez, who hit a three-run homer off Buehrle on opening day and is batting .417 (5-for-12) with two home runs and seven RBI in his career against the left-hander. "I know what he can throw. I was relaxed and looking for a good pitch to hit."
While Gutierrez celebrated his first career grand slam, Buehrle, who fell to 2-6 and has lost six of his past seven decisions, had a different viewpoint of the results.
"I can't fall behind in the count in the first inning like that," he said. "I get two outs, with just one run across, and then I walk a guy, give up a hit, walk a guy, and then you saw what happened."
Buehrle allowed one run and two hits in seven innings against the Indians last week.
"Sometimes, this game stinks," he said. "It's frustrating. You give up two hits in one game, then can't get anybody out."
Buehrle allowed seven runs in five innings. He was pulled after back-to-back doubles by Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Garko in a bizarre sixth inning that featured the official scorer crediting the Indians with a triple steal.
The last Indians player to steal home was Grady Sizemore on Aug. 26, 2005, in Toronto. That was a straight steal of home.
Carroll started the first rally with a one-out double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Francisco's sacrifice fly. A walk to Victor Martinez, a single by Peralta and a walk to Garko loaded the bases.
The Indians' rare offensive outburst was enough for starter Aaron Laffey (3-3), who allowed two runs in five innings.
"When you get a big inning like that, you have to bear down a little more," Laffey said. "You can't relax at all. If you relax for a second, they'll jump all over you."
The White Sox have won 10 of 13 while the Indians have lost nine of 11.
Gutierrez left the game with a left quad contusion after being hit by a pitch in the sixth.
Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner missed his second successive game because of a sore right shoulder. Manager Eric Wedge said Hafner could be headed for the disabled list.
|Franklin Gutierrez swings away at a 2-1 pitch and takes it out of the park for his first grand slam. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||4||0||2||1||1||1||0||.246|
|Pablo Ozuna, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||0||4||.250|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||5||.297|
|Dewayne Wise, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jermaine Dye, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.284|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.205|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.206|
|Alexei Ramirez, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.215|
|Brian Anderson, CF||4||1||0||0||0||0||2||.234|
|Toby Hall, C||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.375|
|2B - Orlando Cabrera (8, Mujica), Pablo Ozuna (1, Laffey), Toby Hall (3, Laffey)|
|RBI - Orlando Cabrera (13), Toby Hall (2)|
|SB - Alexei Ramirez (2, 2nd base off Laffey/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Ramirez-Cabrera-Konerko|
|E - Paul Konerko (4, Missed catch of throw)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Mark Buehrle (L,2-6)||5||8||7||6||2||1||1||5.27|
|IBB - Sizemore by Ehren Wassermann|
|HBP - Gutierrez (by Ehren Wassermann)|
|WP - Mark Buehrle (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 106-60, Ehren Wassermann 54-30|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-7, Ehren Wassermann 3-4|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 24, Ehren Wassermann 14|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.254|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.213|
|Ben Francisco, LF-RF||2||0||1||1||1||0||0||.342|
|Victor Martinez, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||4||.299|
|Jhonny Peralta, DH||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.225|
|Ryan Garko, 1B||3||2||1||1||1||0||0||.235|
|Franklin Gutierrez, RF||2||1||1||4||0||1||0||.237|
|David Dellucci, PR-LF||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||.226|
|Andy Marte, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.138|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.184|
|2B - Jamey Carroll (2, Buehrle), Jhonny Peralta (6, Buehrle), Ryan Garko (9, Buehrle), Andy Marte (1, Buehrle)|
|HR - Franklin Gutierrez (3, Buehrle)|
|SF - Ben Francisco (2)|
|SH - Andy Marte (3)|
|RBI - Ben Francisco (12), Ryan Garko (20), Franklin Gutierrez 4 (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Franklin Gutierrez 4 (10)|
|SB - Grady Sizemore (12, 3rd base off Wassermann/Hall), Jamey Carroll (4, 2nd base off Wassermann/Hall), David Dellucci (2, off Wassermann/Hall)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Ben Francisco 1|
|DP - Carroll-A. Cabrera-Garko, A. Cabrera-Carroll-Garko, Francisco-Carroll|
|E - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (3, Throwing)|
|Aaron Laffey (W,3-3)||6||7||2||1||2||0||0||1.59|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 99-58, Masahide Kobayashi 24-18, Edward Mujica 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Laffey 10-7|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Laffey 26, Masahide Kobayashi 7, Edward Mujica 5|
|Attendance - 25426|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 54|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Paul Nauert|