Orioles Let One Get Away As Indians Walk Off Victorious

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Baltimore relief pitcher Steve Kline walks off the field after giving up a game-winning home run to Cleveland's Ben Broussard in the bottom of the 10th inning, Friday. The Indians top the Orioles 5-4. (Tony Dejak - AP)

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

CLEVELAND, Aug. 19 -- Ben Broussard homered leading off the 10th inning and the Cleveland Indians kept pace in the AL wild-card chase with a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

Broussard, who had a signing engagement after the game at the House of Blues to promote his new CD, drove a 1-1 pitch from Steve Kline (2-4) over the right-field wall to cap the Indians' comeback.

Cleveland was down 4-1 in the eighth but tied it on Casey Blake's three-run homer.

After connecting for his 12th homer, Broussard pumped his fists as he rounded the bases and was mobbed at home plate by his teammates, who pounded him on the head all the way back to the dugout.

The Indians, who entered the weekend 2 1/2 games behind Oakland for the wild-card lead, are 14-6 since July 28.

Aaron Boone also homered for Cleveland.

Rookie Francisco Cabrera (1-0) allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings for his first major league win.

After giving up three runs in the eighth and seemingly on their way to another home loss, the Indians rallied when Blake snapped an 0-for-10 slump by connecting for his 15th -- and most important -- homer this season.

Baltimore starter Eric Bedard entered the inning with a three-hitter, but left after giving up singles to Jose Hernandez and Boone. Todd Williams quickly got ahead 1-2 in the count, but Blake battled back and drove a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left to tie it, 4-4.

Helped by left fielder Coco Crisp's error, the Orioles, who were held in check for seven innings by Indians starter Scott Elarton, scored three runs in the eighth inning to go ahead 4-1.

Sammy Sosa, in a 3-for-35 slump, singled off Rafael Betancourt and moved up on David Newhan's sacrifice. Luis Matos singled sharply to left, and Sosa was going to be held at third until Crisp bobbled the ball while trying to scoop it.

Brian Roberts was intentionally walked, and one out later, Matos and Roberts pulled off a double steal. Melvin Mora followed with a sinking liner that dropped in front of sliding right fielder Jason Dubois and rolled to the wall for a two-run triple.

Elarton deserved a better fate than a no-decision. The right-hander gave up one run and three hits in seven innings, leaving after 94 pitches and the score tied 1-1. He walked one and struck out six.


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