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Cleveland continues sterling road form
Published August 29, 2005
TORONTO - If the Indians played like this at home, they'd be well ahead in the wild-card race.
Casey Blake and Aaron Boone homered, and Jake Westbrook pitched into the seventh inning to lead surging Cleveland to a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Cleveland is one game behind the Yankees and half a game back of the Angels in the wild-card race. The Indians are 41-27 on the road, 32-31 at home.
"We definitely have to improve at home," Blake said. "We have the same approach. It's just the way it has gone this year."
The Indians have won nine of 11 overall and are a major-league best 19-7 since July 31.
Blake and Boone didn't have an explanation for why they're so much better on the road.
"You'd like that home record to be a little higher," Boone said. "Hopefully, we can get a little over .500 at home and keep pushing on the road."
Blake homered off Josh Towers to tie at 1 in the third and Boone homered off Towers in the seventh to give Cleveland a 4-1 lead.
Towers wasn't that impressed.
"Those just happened to be perfect mistakes for those hitters. Those two home runs, they aren't very good hitters. ... They are hitting .240 for a reason," Towers said. Blake is hitting .243; Boone is hitting .245.
RED SOX 11, TIGERS 3: Boston kept pounding the ball and, with David Wells on the mound, Detroit couldn't keep up.
Wells pitched seven strong innings and gave Boston's overworked bullpen a needed rest as the host Red Sox, who scored 28 in taking two of three in the series, maintained their 11/2-game lead over the Yankees in the East.
"We've got to play tremendous ball from here on out," Wells said. "Our starting pitching has to step up a little bit more."
In their previous three games, Boston's starters allowed at least five runs. More trouble could loom when the result of Wells' appeal of a six-game suspension for a confrontation with umpires July 22 is announced. Wells expects to learn that today.
ATHLETICS 10, ORIOLES 3: Oakland moved into first place in the West, and the reaction was a collective yawn.
"It's not important at all. It's really insignificant," third baseman Eric Chavez said.
Dan Haren pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and the visiting Athletics hit three homers and reached double figures in runs in consecutive games.
YANKEES 10, ROYALS 3: Jason Giambi, who has had slumps of 0-for-21 and 4-for-38 in August, drove in seven runs on two homers and a single for host New York. He also achieved two career milestones, surpassing 1,500 hits and 1,000 RBIs.
"I really didn't know (about the milestones)," said Giambi, who learned of it from manager Joe Torre. "Actually, Joe's the one who congratulated me. I said, "For what? I know I haven't had a hit for a while."'
RANGERS 2, TWINS 1: Hank Blalock's 75-foot pinch-hit infield single drove in the winning run in the ninth for host Texas. Blalock, held out of the starting lineup by manager Buck Showalter because he was in a 13-for-63 slump, hit a dribbler on a 1-and-2 count that popped out of the glove of shortstop Jason Bartlett as Phil Nevin scored.
MARINERS 9, WHITE SOX 2: Freddy Garcia gave up a season-high eight runs in 41/3 innings against his former team as Seattle cruised. After flirting with a no-hitter in his previous start, Garcia made his shortest outing of the season, leaving after the last-place Mariners scored three runs in the fifth to take an 8-2 lead. Jamie Moyer improved to 8-0 at home this season.