CLEVELAND (AP) -- Brian Anderson left over 40 tickets at the box office for family and friends who came to see him pitch his homecoming at Jacobs Field.
He wasn't nearly as generous to the Cleveland Indians.
Anderson dominated his hometown team -- and the one he spent two
seasons with -- for 7 1/3 innings and led the Arizona Diamondbacks
to a 4-2 win Saturday night over the Cleveland Indians.
"I had a lot of jitters,'' said Anderson, whose last appearance at the Jake came in Game 4 of the 1997 World Series for the Indians. "When I got to the mound, I was like, 'Whoa, this is going to be fun.' It was a special night.''
Anderson (3-7) allowed four hits and faced just two over the
minimum in his longest outing this season. After giving up a homer
to Jim Thome in the second, he retired 13 straight and 19 of the
final 21 he faced before being replaced in the eighth.
By then, he had thrown just 75 pitches, but the emotion of the night had taken its toll and Anderson told Arizona manager Bob Brenly he was through.
"When Brian said he felt like he threw 100 pitches, that made
it a little easier,'' Brenly said.
"That was a very familiar feeling,'' said Brenly, who visited Kim when things began to unravel in the ninth. "I told him, 'Good things are going to happen. Start thinking positive.'''
Anderson won for just the second time in 19 starts. He went 17 consecutive starts -- over two seasons -- without a win before beating Baltimore on June 18.
But he looked sharp against the Indians, who he played for in
1996 and '97 before the Diamondbacks selected him with the No. 1
pick in the expansion draft.
Anderson, who has won two of his last three starts, lives in suburban Cleveland in the offseason and is a season-ticket holder for the NFL's Browns.
He was always disappointed the Indians exposed him in the draft,
and got the last laugh against Cleveland with one of the best games
of his career.
Anderson got a warm ovation from Cleveland fans when he was
replaced in the eighth.
"That was nice,'' he said. "Pitching in front of your hometown
is always going to be special.''
Thome homered for the fourth straight game for the Indians, who will face Curt Schilling in the series finale Sunday.
"The home runs don't matter if you don't win,'' Thome said. "That's what it's all about. We're trying to get back in this thing. We're still fighting to do what we have to do to win.''
Finley, who will likely be traded if the Indians can find a
taker for the 39-year-old left-hander, just missed the corners of
the plate in the fourth inning when the Diamondbacks took a 3-1
Junior Spivey opened with a single and one out later, Greg
Colbrunn walked. Steve Finley's RBI single scored Spivey, and Chuck
Finley went to a full-count before walking Damian Miller to load
Craig Counsell followed with a sacrifice fly that must have
brought back some bad memories for Indians fans. It was Counsell's
game-tying sac fly in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of
the 1997 World Series for Florida that helped beat Cleveland.
Jose Guillen's RBI single made it 3-1.
The Diamondbacks added a run in the fifth Steve Finley's second
Thome connected off Anderson in the second, hitting a 428-foot shot to right for his 23rd homer -- one behind AL leader Alex Rodriguez.
Cleveland, which went 13-15 in May, is 11-14 in June and
the Indians are guaranteed their first consecutive losing months
since April-May 1993. ... A fan sitting in the closest seat to the
left-field wall, leaned over and caught Bill Selby's drive to the
corner in the eighth. Third-base umpire Paul Schrieber ruled fan
interference, and Selby got an RBI double. TV cameras caught the
fan shrugging as if to say, "What's the big deal?'' after making
the nice grab. ... Thome's homer moved him past Joe Sewell into
fifth place on the club's career runs list with 858. ... Spivey has
hit in a career-high 13 straight games.