CLEVELAND (AP) -- When the Indians ace C.C. Sabathia walked off
the mound with a sore left shoulder after the first inning, it
seemed like a lost day in Cleveland.
But Ben Broussard gave everyone a lift with a clutch hit.
Broussard lined a game-winning double in the 12th inning to give
Cleveland a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies a few hours after
the Indians signed free-agent infielder Aaron Boone.
Sabathia left with a sore shoulder after retiring the side in
the first on only eight pitches. He was taken for an MRI.
"I haven't had a chance to talk to anybody, so I don't really
know," Indians manager Eric Wedge said about Sabathia. "He felt
good warming up, then felt something at the end of the inning."
Broussard then lined a 3-2 pitch the opposite way to left-center
and Gerut, running on the pitch, scored standing up.
"I was going to score no matter what," said Gerut. "It was
time to go home."
Jeriome Robertson (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Buffalo earlier
Saturday, pitched two scoreless innings for his first win since
being acquired by Cleveland in spring training from the Houston
"Any win feels good, but this meant a little more," said
Robertson, who said his wife made the four-hour drive to Cleveland
in the morning so he could get some rest.
Ronnie Belliard, signed in the offseason after being released by
the Rockies, went 4-for-5 for Cleveland, which out-hit Colorado
"It seemed like we pitched out of the stretch all night,"
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
Sabathia quickly retired the Rockies in order in the first, but
the 6-foot-7 left-hander went to the dugout holding his shoulder
and moving his arm in a circular motion.
The 23-year-old, who had worked eight innings in each of his two
previous starts and allowed a total of two runs, was going for his
sixth win of the season. He ranks third among starters in the AL
with an ERA of 2.77.
"It sounds like it might be something similar to what he had
earlier this season," Wedge said.
Sabathia was scratched from a start at Jacobs Field on April 22
with an irritated left biceps tendon in the front of his shoulder.
He was sidelined until May 1, when he allowed one run over seven
innings in a no-decision against Baltimore.
Kazuhito Tadano, the first Japanese player in Indians history,
gave up one run over a career-high six innings after replacing
Sabathia to start the second. He walked one and struck out nine.
"We wouldn't have had the opportunity to win without Tadano,"
Wedge said. "He went beyond the call of duty."
Colorado tied it 3-all with two unearned runs in the eighth,
helped by a fielding error by second baseman Belliard and a mental
miscue by reliever Rick White, who failed to cover first base on a
Cleveland scored three runs on 11 hits over seven innings
against Colorado starter Joe Kennedy.
Lou Merloni put Cleveland ahead with a check-swing RBI single in
the first and Cleveland made it 2-0 on an RBI grounder by Omar
Vizquel in the second.
Kennedy was helped by double plays to end the first, fourth and
Cleveland signed Boone to a two-year, $3.6 million contract
with a club option for 2006. RHP Jeff D'Amico was released to make
room on the roster for Boone, who is recovering from left knee
surgery in February and will not play until late August at the
earliest. ... The Indians put RHP Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day
disabled list with right biceps tendinitis. ... Rockies OF Larry
Walker had two singles, leaving him one hit shy of becoming the
234th player with 2,000 career hits. ... Tadano's nine strikeouts
are the most by a Cleveland pitcher since Sabathia fanned nine on
opening day. The last Indians reliever to strike out nine was RHP
Victor Cruz on July 20, 1980, against Oakland. ... Cleveland is 5-9
and the Rockies 1-8 in extra-inning games.