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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 21, 2007
Carmona Lisa
Blanton tires in sixth
Looking sharp in the early innings, Joe Blanton was victimized by back-to-back homers by Ryan Garko and Jhonny Peralta on consecutive pitches. Jack Cust's two-run homer in the seventh cut the A's deficit, but they could not finish the comeback.
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 Cust's two-run homer
Indians 4, Athletics 3
Right-hander Fausto Carmona struck out seven in picking up his 18th victory. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Series at a glance:
Magic number narrows
Cleveland reduced its magic number to two with a win over the A's, led by righty Fausto Carmona, who picked up his 18th win. Ryan Garko and Jhonny Peralta connected for homers on consecutive pitches, and closer Joe Borowski earned his 43rd save.
Complete story >  
 Garko's homer in the sixth
 Peralta's homer in the sixth
 Wedge's postgame comments
 Carmona's postgame comments
OAK
Oakland (74-81)
Lost 5
Cleveland 4, Oakland 3   CLE
Cleveland (91-62)
Won 4
September 21, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0   3 8 0
Cleveland
0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 X   4 10 0
Standings thru 9/21/07  |  Recap: OAK|CLE  |  Gameday  |  Athletics Stats  |  Indians Stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stewart, LF5010013.286
Barton, 1B4120111.326
Cust, RF4112132.261
Johnson, DH3000102.234
Ellis, 2B4000034.272
Hannahan, 3B3100112.288
Scutaro, SS4020000.263
Suzuki, C4011021.255
DaVanon, CF3010021.213
  a-Piazza, PH1000000.284
Totals3538341316 

a-Flied out for DaVanon in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Barton 2 (6, Carmona, Perez).
HR: Cust (25, 7th inning off Perez, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Stewart; Barton 4; Cust 4; Scutaro 2; Suzuki; DaVanon.
RBI: Suzuki (37), Cust 2 (80).
2-out RBI: Suzuki.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Stewart 2; Hannahan; Ellis.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
DP: (Ellis-Scutaro-Barton).

 
ClevelandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sizemore, CF3010120.272
Cabrera, 2B3111001.288
Hafner, DH4010013.252
Martinez, C4011002.302
Garko, 1B4111011.293
Peralta, SS3121100.272
Lofton, LF4120001.299
Gutierrez, RF3010111.272
Blake, 3B3000014.265
Totals3141043613 

BATTING
2B: Martinez (40, Blanton), Peralta (27, Blanton).
HR: Garko (20, 6th inning off Blanton, 0 on, 0 out), Peralta (21, 6th inning off Blanton, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Sizemore; Cabrera; Hafner; Martinez 2; Garko 4; Peralta 6; Lofton 2; Gutierrez.
RBI: Martinez (107), Garko (59), Peralta (72), Cabrera (19).
2-out RBI: Martinez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blake 3; Garko; Hafner.
S: Blake.
SF: Cabrera.
GIDP: Martinez.
Team LOB: 8.

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton (L, 14-10)5.210443423.84
Blevins 1.20000102.70
Lugo 0.20000105.48
 
ClevelandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carmona (W, 18-8)6.05114703.03
Perez (H, 11)0.22220111.71
Lewis (H, 3)0.10000102.49
Betancourt (H, 29)1.00000201.44
Borowski (S, 43)1.01000204.96

IBB: Sizemore (by Blanton).
Pitches-strikes: Blanton 106-59, Blevins 19-11, Lugo 8-6, Carmona 106-65, Perez 17-11, Lewis 5-4, Betancourt 11-9, Borowski 14-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Blanton 9-4, Blevins 1-3, Lugo 0-1, Carmona 7-4, Perez 0-1, Lewis 0-0, Betancourt 0-1, Borowski 0-1.
Batters faced: Blanton 29, Blevins 5, Lugo 2, Carmona 27, Perez 4, Lewis 1, Betancourt 3, Borowski 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Blevins 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Tony Randazzo. 1B: Greg Gibson. 2B: Larry Vanover. 3B: James Hoye.
Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:48.
Att: 36,016.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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