Mike Hargrove took the blame. Charles Nagy took the loss.
And David Wells took advantage of a Cleveland lineup depleted by a mix-up that cost the Indians their designated hitter, helping the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 victory last night at Jacobs Field.
"I was as surprised as anybody," Nagy said after becoming the first Indians pitcher to bat in an AL park since Jim Kern on July 28, 1978. "I had no idea what was going on. I still don't really know what happened."
Nagy (11-6), forced to hit in the seventh spot because of Manager Hargrove's mistake, struck out in the second inning and fouled out attempting to bunt in the fourth against Wells.
"Charlie was tough," Wells said. "He made me throw him a stinking cutter to get him out."
Hargrove originally listed Manny Ramirez, who leads the majors with 101 RBI, as the designated hitter and had rookie Alex Ramirez in right field.
But after Toronto batted in the first, Blue Jays Manager Jim Fregosi pointed out to plate umpire Rocky Roe that Manny Ramirez had taken his regular place in right field for the top half of the inning.
The mistaken move -- a DH taking a position in the field -- made the Indians lose their DH and forced the pitcher to bat.
"I thought Mike was trying to throw me off," Wells said. "He's pretty crafty over there."
Hargrove, however, said it was a case of his "checks-and-balances system breaking down."
"That's the first time that has happened to me in 12 years of managing. And it is one time too many," he said.
YANKEES 5, DEVIL RAYS 4: Bernie Williams hit a two-run homer, and host New York won its 15,000th game since entering the AL. The Yankees, formerly the Highlanders, are 8,451-6,463, with 86 ties.
Andy Pettitte (7-7) won his second straight decision, taking a 5-2 lead into the seventh before Tampa Bay closed within a run. He yielded four runs and six hits in six-plus innings, walked four and struck out four.
"Everybody knows how good [the Yankees] are," Devil Rays Manager Larry Rothschild said. "They've caught us at just the right time."
TIGERS 9, ROYALS 8: Tony Clark hit a key single during a five-run rally in the seventh inning, and Juan Encarnacion and Gabe Kapler homered as Detroit swept the two-game series at home.
Kansas City loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. But Todd Jones struck out pinch hitter Jeremy Giambi and retired Johnny Damon, who had three hits and four RBI, on a foul pop.
MARINERS 5, ATHLETICS 4: David Segui singled in the winning run with the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning for Seattle, which went 4-4 in its first homestand at Safeco Field.
Ken Griffey Jr. went 0 for 5, and is 7 for 30 with one homer and three RBI in eight games at Safeco.
A crowd of 44,311, the third sellout at Safeco, watched with the retractable roof open for the fifth straight game. The temperature was 72 degrees at game time.
TWINS 3, WHITE SOX 0: In Minneapolis, rookie Joe Mays came within two outs of his second straight shutout. He has given up eight earned runs in seven starts this season. Sunday, he threw a three-hitter to beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-0, at Wrigley Field.
RANGERS 9, ANGELS 7: In Arlington, Tex., Rafael Palmeiro's seventh career grand slam keyed a six-run third inning, and Texas won its fifth straight. The Rangers rallied from 3-0 to win for the seventh time in eight games and send Anaheim to its season-high seventh straight loss.