Series: Game 3 of 3

New York won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 7
New York 4Final
Cleveland 3
Game 2: Saturday, June 8
New York 8Final
Cleveland 6
Game 3: Sunday, June 9
New York 3Final
Cleveland 8

Mets 3

(31-31, 17-18 away)

Indians 8

(30-32, 18-14 home)

    1:05 PM ET, June 9, 2002

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: R. Drese (6-4)

    L: S. Estes (2-5)

    Indians cash in on Mets' three errors

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Omar Vizquel knows if he keeps hitting homers and driving in runs at this rate, the whispers will start that he's using a corked bat or steroids.

    "Yeah, that would be awesome,'' Vizquel said with a laugh. "A little guy like me.''

    Roberto Alomar

    Roberto Alomar and the Mets' infield didn't have a great day against the Indians.

    Vizquel got two more RBI and rookie Ryan Drese shut out New York for 5 2-3 innings Sunday as the Cleveland Indians salvaged the finale of a three-game series with an 8-3 win over the sloppy Mets.

    New York made three errors, raising their major league-leading total to 59.

    Drese (6-4) bounced back from his worst outing this season with one of his better ones, allowing two runs and four hits before stumbling -- literally -- in the sixth.

    Vizquel, who homered twice and drove in five runs on Saturday night, had a two-run single in the Indians' five-run fourth off Shawn Estes (2-5), who hadn't started in 10 days.

    Vizquel has driven in eight runs in his last four games and 39 this season. He came in with more RBI than perennial AL run producers Manny Ramirez, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Sweeney and Bernie Williams.

    Just 61 games into the season, Vizquel is one homer shy of matching his career high of nine and only 11 RBI short of matching his total from last year.

    Vizquel dedicated himself to the weight room this winter, hoping to get stronger after hitting just .255 last season -- his worst average since 1993 -- with two homers.

    "The program I did in the offseason was great,'' the 5-foot-9, 185-pound shortstop said. "I can really tell the difference in the Omar this year and the Omar last year.''

    So can Indians manager Charlie Manuel, who thinks Vizquel deserves to make his third All-Star team next month.

    "Without a doubt,'' Manuel said. "Omar has been fantastic. I can't say enough about him.''

    Timo Perez homered for the Mets, who won the first two games of the series and then helped beat themselves with the errors.

    "We've got to just forget what happened today,'' said first baseman Mo Vaughn, who had one error and a mental lapse that led to Cleveland's two-run seventh. "Hey, we came in and took two of three. We do that all year and we're in good shape.''

    Drese didn't get out of the fourth in his last start on Tuesday, giving up five runs when the Indians were routed 23-2 by the Minnesota Twins.

    But the 26-year-old cruised into the sixth against the Mets, who managed just two hits off the right-hander through five innings.

    "I just tried to be consistent and hold the lead,'' said Drese, who didn't want to give up the ball when Manuel came out to get him in the sixth. "I told him I felt great, but he didn't want to hear it.''

    In the sixth, Drese issued his only walk, and two outs later, his cleat got caught as he delivered a pitch to Edgardo Alfonzo. Drese nearly fell off the mound, tumbling awkwardly to the first-base side.

    Alfonzo was hit in the back, and Roberto Alomar, who returned to Cleveland this weekend for the first time since being traded, hit an RBI single. Mike Piazza followed with a run-scoring single to bring the Mets within 6-2.

    But the Indians got the two unearned runs back in the seventh thanks to Vaughn's miscue.

    Unable to score runs in bunches all season, the Indians got five in the fourth with three singles, three walks, a sacrifice fly and fielder's choice to open a 6-0 lead.

    "They never hit a ball hard off Shawn,'' said Mets manager Bobby Valentine. "They did a real good job of scoring five runs without a loud crack of the bat.''

    Estes intentionally walked Einar Diaz to load the bases and John McDonald, starting for Travis Fryman at third, blooped an RBI single to right.

    Matt Lawton walked on a close 3-2 pitch, forcing in another run, and Vizquel followed with his two-run single. Ellis Burks made it 6-0 with a fielder's choice grounder.

    Roger Cedeno's error in left field allowed the Indians to take a 1-0 lead in the third.

    Lawton walked with one out, and Vizquel followed with a liner to left-center. Cedeno was late getting to the ball and let it skip past him and roll to the wall.

    Game notes

    Both teams are 49-39 since interleague play started in '97. ... Alomar went 6-for-13 in the series but hit into two double plays. ... Archie Griffin, college football's only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, was on the field for batting practice and the former Ohio State great watched the game from one of the field-level luxury suites. ... The Indians continue interleague play by hosting Philadelphia. The Mets' 13-game road trip will stop in Chicago for three games vs. the White Sox. ... ... Fryman sat out his second straight game with lower back spasms.

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