Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/15)

Game 1: Friday, June 14
Cleveland 5Final
Colorado 3
Game 2: Saturday, June 15
Cleveland 4Final
Colorado 7
Game 3: Sunday, June 16
Cleveland 5Final
Colorado 4

Indians 4

(33-35, 13-19 away)

Rockies 7

(33-35, 21-13 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 15, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    CLE 000003010 4 - -
    COL 20000140 - 7 - -

    W: T. Jones (1-1)

    L: C. Paronto (0-2)

    S: J. Jimenez (18)

    Walker's homer keys four-run rally in seventh

    DENVER (AP) -- Colorado manager Clint Hurdle went with his gut feeling instead of playing the averages with the game in the balance.

    It paid off.

    Larry Walker

    Larry Walker hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run seventh after Todd Jones worked out of a jam in the top of the inning as the Colorado Rockies beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Saturday night.

    With the score tied at 3, Cleveland loaded the bases with one out in the seventh. Left-hander Jim Thome was up next, but Hurdle went against conventional thinking by bringing in righty Todd Jones even though Thome was 8-for-12 with three homers and three doubles against him.

    The gamble worked as Jones (1-1) struck out Thome looking, then got Milton Bradley to pop out to third to end the inning.

    "Jones was due,'' Hurdle said. "I just felt we had a good game plan on how to go at him (Thome) and fortunately we were able to pull it off. Jones made the pitches. He did the job.''

    The momentum carried over.

    Terry Shumpert singled off Chad Paronto (0-2) with one out in the bottom of the inning, then Mark Little put the Rockies up 4-3 with a triple that landed just inside the right-field foul line.

    Juan Uribe followed with a single on the next pitch to put Colorado up by two, and Walker capped the rally with a two-run shot to center.

    Walker's 13th homer came after an attempted bunt rolled just foul.

    "Thank goodness it went foul,'' said Walker, who tied Dante Bichette's team record with his 489th extra-base hit. "Fortunately I got something to hit and out of the park it went.''

    Bill Selby cut the lead to 7-4 with an RBI single off Jones in the eighth, but Jose Jimenez pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances.

    "We had chances to knock in runs, but we couldn't get the big hit,'' said Cleveland manager Charlie Manuel, whose team has lost six of 10 and dropped to 10-16 in interleague games the past two years. "That was pretty much the story of the game.''

    Colorado won for just third time in 12 games overall and the second time in eight interleague games this season. The Rockies had lost 15 of 17 against AL teams since last season.

    Travis Fryman had the first hit off Colorado starter Shawn Chacon, a single to center with two outs in the fourth inning, and put the Indians up 3-2 in the sixth with a three-run homer.

    Fryman's sixth homer of the season gave him 1,001 career RBI. He finished 3-for-3.

    Walker had a run-scoring single in the first, and Todd Zeile made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly two batters later.

    C.C. Sabathia allowed one hit over the next 4 2/3 innings before Walker singled in the sixth and Zeile knocked him in with a double to tie it at 3.

    Sabathia allowed three runs on five hits in six innings and singled in the seventh for his first hit in the majors.

    "I just was not being aggressive,'' Sabathia said. "I wasn't getting my fastball over, and when I first came out for the first inning, my velocity was down. I just had to kick it up a notch and that was when I started throwing a little better.''

    Zeile was 3-for-3, and Walker 3-for-4.

    Chacon allowed three or fewer earned runs for the sixth consecutive start, but got his second straight no-decision after coming off the disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle.

    Chacon, who allowed one hit in six innings against Toronto on Sunday, mixed his pitches well but struggled with his control at times.

    He walked five, including Sabathia in the fifth while he was trying to bunt, and left a fastball up in the strike zone that Fryman hit out in the sixth.

    Chacon allowed three runs on three hits in six innings.

    "Chacon gave us a good outing,'' Hurdle said. "He's still cutting some teeth as far as controlling the strike zone. He pitched fine. He still gave us an opportunity to win a ballgame.''

    Game notes

    Todd Helton started his 670th career game at first base, most for the Rockies. ... Colorado 2B Jose Ortiz played for the first time since straining his left hamstring against Boston on Wednesday. ... Sabathia has reached the sixth inning in 10 of 14 starts this season. ... Helton was 0-for-4 after five straight multihit games. ... Sabathia's hit was the first by a Cleveland pitcher since Bartolo Colon singled July 17, 2001, against Houston.

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