Rockies blown out in Cleveland
CLEVELAND – Jake Westbrook was given some rare run support and the Cleveland Indians opened their longest homestand this season with an 11-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.Westbrook (3-9), who has pitched much better than his record shows, allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings. The right-hander hasn’t gotten much help as the Indians averaged an AL-low 2.6 runs in his previous 13 starts, scoring just 15 in his nine losses.But the Indians pushed across five runs in the first three innings off Colorado’s Jeff Francis (5-4) while cruising to their fourth straight victory. Cleveland, 7-1 since June 4, has won 15 of 22 and moved two games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 21.
Before the offensive outburst, the Indians hadn’t scored more than six runs in any outing by Westbrook this season.Jhonny Peralta had three RBIs and Travis Hafner hit a long two-run homer for Cleveland, which returned to Jacobs Field following a season-long 12-game trip. The Indians improved to 17-0 when they score at least six runs.The Rockies made two more errors – they lead the NL with 54 – and fell to 4-24 away from Coors Field.
Staked to a 5-2 lead after three innings, Westbrook got double-play grounders in the fifth and sixth innings and worked a 1-2-3 seventh before turning things over to Cleveland’s steady bullpen.Leading 3-2, Peralta delivered a two-out, two-run single in the third to give Westbrook some cushion. The Indians, who will play their next 11 games at home, added two more in the sixth on an RBI double by Coco Crisp and Ronnie Belliard’s RBI single.Cleveland made it 9-2 in the seventh, and added two more runs in the eighth on Hafner’s eighth homer, a 474-foot shot above the auxiliary scoreboard in right field’s second deck.
Francis lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing seven runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.Grady Sizemore, who batted .408 as the Indians went 7-5 on their road trip, led off the first with a single and scored when Hafner doubled. After Victor Martinez was hit by Francis, Jose Hernandez’s RBI single made it 2-0.Notes: Sizemore is batting .500 (23-for-46) with 14 runs in his last 10 games. … Francis hit Martinez with pitches in his first two at-bats, continuing a control problem for Rockies pitchers. They top the NL in walks, wild pitches and hit batters and could become the first team to lead the league in those three categories since the 1978 Atlanta Braves. … The Indians are 8-2 this season in interleague play and 78-81 against the NL since 1997. Colorado is just 14-43 on the road in interleague play. … INF Ryan Shealy made his major league debut as Colorado’s DH. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and grounded into a double play.
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