The Cleveland Indians got 14 hits off previously unbeaten LaMarr Hoyt of the White Sox today, spoiling the Chicago right-hander's bid to become the major leagues' first 10-game winner, 5-2.
Hoyt, who had won 14 straight, pitched a complete game, striking out two and walking none. His ERA rose from 1.45 to 1.80.
The Indians, in winning their sixth in a row, scored four runs in the first two innings. But Chicago hitters, who had averaged nine runs a game in Hoyt's previous six starts, failed to support him in the style to which he had become accustomed.
"I guess I can settle down and be myself again," he said, "but I felt I pitched a good game. I felt the Indians had me off stride over the first few innings and I got behind, 5-0. I like to work the breaking balls in and out, but they were right over the plate. Even my fast ball was right down the middle."
Miguel Dilone of the Indians, who singled, doubled and hit his first homer in three years, said Hoyt "looked like just another pitcher."
But Toby Harrah of the Indians was impressed. "He battled," Harrah said. "He was still out there at the end, and they had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning."
Winner Rick Sutcliffe (3-1) spaced nine hits, struck out six and walked three in 6 1/3 innings, helping hold Chicago to its lowest run output on behalf of Hoyt since he became a starter. Dan Spillner pitched 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief for his fourth save.