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Thome, Sabathia sink Tigers
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 2      1   Final
08/28/2002 8:54 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Tigers 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
 Indians 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 2 8 0
Thome, Sabathia sink Tigers
By Justice B. Hill /

Jim Thome watches the first of his two solo home runs leave the park in the second inning Wednesday. (Mark Duncan/AP)

Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1
Detroit Tigers
BocachicaCF 3000111.229
Easley2B 3020101.224
HigginsonLF 3000104.284
SimonDH 4020001.305
1-LombardPR-DH 0000000.276
FickRF 4000012.268
Pena1B 4121021.247
HalterSS 3000112.251
Truby3B 3000021.221
IngeC 2000110.222
1-Ran for Simon in the 9th.
2B: Pena (14, Sabathia).
HR: Pena (15, 2nd inning off Sabathia, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: Pena (41).
2-out RBI: Pena.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Halter 2, Higginson.
GIDP: Higginson, Easley, Simon, Fick.
Team LOB: 6.
SB: Lombard (9, 2nd base off Baez/Bard).
Outfield assists: Higginson (Vizquel at home).
Cleveland Indians
CrispCF 4000001.246
VizquelSS 4010000.274
BurksDH 4010010.280
Thome1B 3232100.295
Garcia, KRF 4010022.310
LawtonLF 3000002.239
BardC 3010000.333
Fryman3B 3000001.212
McDonald2B 3010001.251
2B: Thome (17, Powell), Bard (3, Powell).
HR: Thome 2 (41, 2nd inning off Powell, 0 on, 0 out; 6th inning off Powell, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: Thome 2 (92).
2-out RBI: Thome.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lawton, McDonald, Garcia, K.
Team LOB: 6.
SB: Vizquel (17, 2nd base off Henriquez/Inge).
DP: 4 (Fryman-McDonald-Thome, Sabathia-Vizquel-Thome, Thome-Vizquel, McDonald-Vizquel-Thome).
Detroit Tigers
Powell (L, 1-4) 6.16220224.75
Paniagua 0.20000005.92
Henriquez 0.22001003.38
Walker 0.10000104.33
Cleveland Indians
Sabathia (W, 9-10) 7.04114614.85
Wohlers (H, 6) 1.01001105.40
Baez (S, 1) 1.01000104.41
IBB: Thome (by Henriquez).
Pitches-strikes: Powell 87-55, Paniagua 6-4, Henriquez 14-5, Walker 4-3, Sabathia 104-63, Wohlers 22-13, Baez 18-14.
Ground outs-fly outs: Powell 10-7, Paniagua 0-2, Henriquez 0-1, Walker 0-0, Sabathia 10-5, Wohlers 2-0, Baez 0-2.
Batters faced: Powell 25, Paniagua 2, Henriquez 4, Walker 1, Sabathia 25, Wohlers 5, Baez 4.
Umpires: HP: Mark Carlson. 1B: Justin Klemm. 2B: John Hirschbeck. 3B: Wally Bell.
Weather: 79 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, R to L.
T: 2:22.
Att: 25,158.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner
CLEVELAND -- C.C. Sabathia had an impressive start in his outing last weekend, but he may have bettered that performance Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old left-hander enjoyed the fruits of his work this time.

Sabathia pitched the Tribe into the eighth inning and benefitted from a pair of Jim Thome home runs. He then turned a one-run lead over to the relief corps, which held on to give the Indians a 2-1 victory over the Tigers in front of 25,158 fans at Jacobs Field.

Before calling it a night, Sabathia had given the Tigers just four hits. Their lone run came in the second on Carlos Pena's solo homer. Sabathia settled into a groove after that and didn't allow another run.

By the time Sabathia left the game, the Indians had long ago given him a counter to Pena's homer. It came from the bat of Thome, whose 40th homer in the bottom of the second tied the game 1-1. The blast marked the third time in his career that Thome had reached the 40-home run plateau.

The Tribe, though, could do no great damage early beyond Thome's homer because Brian Powell was as dominating as Sabathia. The Tigers right-hander sailed into the sixth having given up just four hits and a run.

But in the sixth, Powell ran into a little problem. His situation was made less costly thanks to Hiram Bocachica's spectacular sliding catch in center field, a grab that robbed Omar Vizquel of a sure fire triple to start the inning.

But one out later, Powell (1-4, 4.75 ERA) again faced the dangerous Thome, who duplicated his at-bat in the second inning. His 41st homer gave Sabathia a narrow 2-1 lead.

The Tigers tried to prove how shaky that 2-1 lead was in the top of the seventh. Randall Simon opened the inning with a single to left, but John McDonald teamed with Vizquel to double up Simon and Robert Fick.

Sabathia (9-10, 4.85) needed that double play, because Pena's twisting drive to left field turned into an adventure for Matt Lawton, who misplayed it into a double. Sabathia stranded Pena there when he got Shane Halter to ground out to third.

As rare as scoring opportunities were, the Tigers could ill afford to squander this one. Not against Sabathia.

Their best chance of winning seemed to be to get Sabathia out of the game. The Indians obliged in the eighth when they brought in former closer Mark Wohlers and his 5.49 ERA.

But just as Sabathia had, Wohlers held up well, working out of a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth. Wohlers then handed the ninth over to newly-anointed closer Danys Baez, who got his first Major League save and the win for Sabathia.

Justice B. Hill, a senior writer, covers the Indians for He can be reached at This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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