C.C. Sabathia pitched seven strong innings and rookie Grady Sizemore drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays yesterday.
Matt Lawton homered for the Indians, who have won three in a row and improved to 15-3 at home in one-run games. He left in the eighth inning after being hit in the right elbow by a pitch thrown by Justin Speier.
"I was scared," Lawton said. "It didn't sound good. It didn't feel good. I couldn't move my arm for a minute. But I'm lucky. I should be fine."
Sabathia (9-6) gave up two runs and five hits, struck out five and walked two to give Cleveland its seventh win in eight games.
Bob Howry pitched the eighth, and Bob Wickman got three outs for his sixth save in seven chances.
Toronto lost for the seventh time in eight games and dropped to 1-2 under interim manager John Gibbons.
With the game tied at 2, Sizemore drove home Coco Crisp from third base with a sacrifice fly in a sixth-inning rally that included a bizarre sequence.
Crisp hit a one-out single off Kevin Frederick (0-1). Ronnie Belliard then hit a high pop behind the plate, but threw his bat on his follow through, hitting Toronto's Kevin Cash in the face as the catcher was taking off his mask and turning to try and get the foul ball.
Cash was knocked to the ground, but stayed in after being attended to by trainers.
Belliard then lined a double off the right-center wall, but Crisp didn't score because he stumbled and landed face-first on the third base bag. But he scored easily on Sizemore's liner to left-center.
* YANKEES 4, RANGERS 2: Derek Jeter hit a home run and Tanyon Sturtze pitched five innings in a spot start for visiting New York.
Sturtze (4-2) was moved into the rotation Tuesday because Javier Vazquez has pink eye.
The right-hander allowed two runs on three hits in the first, but held the Rangers scoreless from there. He allowed only five hits overall with one walk and one strikeout in his first start since bruising his right pinkie in the Yankees' bench-clearing brawl with Boston three weeks ago.
Paul Quantril, Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera combined to pitch four hitless innings to preserve the five-hitter.
* RED SOX 14, DEVIL RAYS 4: Kevin Millar had four hits and four RBI in the first five innings, and Boston handed Tampa Bay its 11th loss in 12 road games.
Derek Lowe (10-10) benefited from Boston's 15 hits and left with two outs in the sixth and the score 13-3 after yielding nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
* TIGERS 11, ATHLETICS 3: Dmitri Young hit a three-run homer and Wilfredo Ledezma made the early lead stand up for visiting Detroit.
Omar Infante drove in three runs and Rondell White homered as the Tigers ended a three-game losing streak. Ivan Rodriguez was the only Tigers starter not to get a hit.
Ledezma (2-0) pitched 52/3 innings to earn his first win as a starter this season.
Ledezma gave up two runs and five hits. After going 10-3 with a 2.42 ERA at Class AA Erie, he has allowed just 17 hits in 211/3 innings in the big leagues.
* MARINERS 4, TWINS 3: Pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist stole third base and scored on catcher Henry Blanco's throwing error with one out in the ninth in Seattle.
Blanco's throw appeared to ricochet off the sliding Bloomquist's helmet toward the Twins' third-base dugout. Sliding headfirst, Bloomquist collided with third baseman Corey Koskie, who fell over in pain. Bloomquist then got up and scored without a play at home plate.
* ROYALS 4, WHITE SOX 2: Darrell May (9-12) didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and Mike Sweeney hit a two-run homer in Chicago as Kansas City ended its five-game losing streak.