AL: Indians reply with 4-3 win

Associated Press
Published July 24, 2005

CLEVELAND - Jhonny Peralta's size, swing and swagger give Bob Wickman flashbacks of another young shortstop he had as a teammate.

"Jhonny reminds me a lot of Derek Jeter," Wickman said. "Jhonny Peralta right now has a chance to be that kind of guy. All respect to Derek Jeter, he's the best in the game. But Jhonny has that kind of talent."

Peralta had two RBIs in his first game as Cleveland's latest No. 3 hitter, and Cliff Lee pitched into the eighth inning to give the Indians a 4-3 win over Seattle Saturday.

Peralta, who began the season batting ninth, hit a solo homer in the fourth off Gil Meche (10-7) and added an RBI single in a two-run fifth as the Indians bounced back from a demoralizing 4-3 loss Friday night.

The 22-year-old is batting .356 with five homers and 17 RBIs in the past 28 games.

Lee (11-4) gave up three runs and eight hits in 71/3 innings while improving to 4-0 in four career starts against Seattle.

Scott Sauerbeck and Bob Howry got Cleveland to the ninth, and Wickman finished for his 24th save in 27 attempts.

Cleveland, which came in four games behind Minnesota in the wild-card race, improved to just 4-12 since July 5.

TWINS, TIGERS SPLIT: Scott Baker allowed five hits in seven innings and Justin Morneau homered and drove in two runs as Minnesota beat Detroit 5-2 last night in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.

Detroit won the opener 2-1, with help from Sean Douglass (3-0) who started two key rundowns while pitching seven innings.

BLUE JAYS 9, ROYALS 4: Shea Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske each hit two-run doubles in a six-run fifth.

The Blue Jays sent 10 men to the plate in the fifth and took advantage of three walks, Donnie Murphy's error and a wild pitch. The Blue Jays have scored an American League-high 126 runs in July.

Dave Bush (1-5), just recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, earned his first victory since Oct. 1. The right-hander was 0-5 in 10 starts to begin the season with Toronto before being sent to the minors in May.

A's 5, RANGERS 4: Eric Chavez hit one of Oakland's four solo homers, and the Athletics stretched their winning streak to five.

Nick Swisher, Dan Johnson and Jay Payton also connected off starter Ricardo Rodriguez as Oakland matched its season high for homers. The surging A's have built a 31/2-game lead over the Rangers for second place in the AL West.

Kirk Saarloos (6-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 52/3 innings to help the A's beat the Rangers for the sixth time in seven meetings since the All-Star break.