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Indians cook up sweep of Tigers
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06/19/2003  3:50 PM ET 
Indians cook up sweep of Tigers
Pitching and offense come through at Comerica
By Todd Lorenz / MLB.com

Jody Gerut singles in the fifth inning to score Coco Crisp from second base. (Duane Burleson/AP)
DETROIT –- During their three-game series against the Tigers, the Indians found a simple recipe for winning.

Start with solid starting pitching, combine a couple of early runs with a big inning, add a dash of bullpen help, let the other team cool and serve up a sweet slice of success.

For the third time in as many days, the Tribe cooked up a win in Detroit's kitchen as they completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a 10-3 victory before 19,098 fans Thursday at Comerica Park.

"I think you need to look at the consistency in our at-bats throughout the lineup -- that and the starting pitching," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "We did a good job of both in all three games and that's the way we need to play every day."

    Brian Anderson   /   P
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: R/L

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Left-hander Brian Anderson provided the main ingredient, holding the Tigers to a pair of runs on six hits while walking one with four strikeouts over six innings. Anderson improved to 4-6 while dipping his ERA to 4.35

"After what C.C. (Sabathia) and J.D. (Jason Davis) did, I just wanted to make sure I gave us a chance to win," Anderson said. "It's always tough to sweep any team. You know they don't want to get swept."

The veteran of the Cleveland starting staff made it happen, though. He allowed a single run in the fifth when Shane Halter touched him for a leadoff triple and later scored on A.J. Hinch's sacrifice fly. The only other blemish on Anderson's pitching line came in the sixth when he gave up a solo home run to Dmitri Young.

However, it was already too late to sabotage the Tribe's concoction because the combination of early runs and the big inning had Detroit in an inescapable hole.

"We were just able to tack on runs and get runs back every time they scored," Anderson said.

      Milton Bradley   /   CF
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: S/R

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Milton Bradley put the Tribe on the board in the second by belting a solo home run, his sixth, to right-center against Tigers starter Nate Cornejo (3-5). Cleveland doubled its advantage in the fourth by blending a walk to Coco Crisp, a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt and a Bradley ground ball into a 2-0 lead.

Then came the heart of the formula.

Casey Blake started a four-run fifth inning with a solo blast to left, his sixth of the season, and the rout was on. Backup catcher Tim Laker doubled to the gap in left-center, took third on Brandon Phillips' single to right and scored when Young dropped a catchable fly ball off the bat of Matt Lawton. The play was ruled a single.

Crisp chased Cornejo with an RBI single down the left-field line. Lawton was thrown out at third on the play, but Jody Gerut capped the rally by bringing home Crisp with a base knock off reliever Wilfredo Ledezma.


"I think you need to look at the consistency in our at-bats throughout the lineup -- that and the starting pitching."
-- Eric Wedge

"That's not something you can count on," Wedge said of his team's propensity for the big inning during the series. "But what you can expect is for every hitter, one-through-nine, to give you a quality approach at the plate."

For good measure, the Indians added another run in the top of the sixth when Laker followed Blake's leadoff double with an RBI single before Gerut piled on a couple more with a two-run single in the seventh.

The Tribe's bullpen added the final touch of flavor to the victory as Dan Miceli and Nick Beirbrodt combined to hold Detroit to one run, a Warren Morris solo shot in the eighth off Miceli, over the final three innings.

It was the Indians' (29-41) fifth win of the season at Comerica Park. The Tigers (17-52) have a total of six.

Todd Lorenz is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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