CLEVELAND (AP) -- Bob Wickman thrust both arms high in the air
and celebrated Cleveland's second win of June like it was a Game 7
victory in October.
Getting back to .500 was a big deal for the Indians.
"I really got excited out there,'' Wickman said. "This can
turn the season around.''
Finley (4-6) allowed four hits and didn't walk a batter as the
Indians won their fourth in a row and moved into a tie for second
in the AL Central with the reeling White Sox.
"We're back at .500,'' Finley said. "Maybe this will give us a
shot in the arm to really get things going.''
Rookie Chris Magruder homered and drove in three runs for the
Indians, who have been one of baseball's most up-and-down teams
this season. Cleveland, which went 9-25 following an 11-1 start,
has won eight of 10 to get back to .500 (28-28) for the first time
since May 8, when it was 17-17.
"These guys are scrappers in here,'' said Finley, who has not
allowed a run in his last 13 innings. "We're grinders. We have
enough talent on this ballclub to do a lot of things.''
Paul Shuey worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, and
Wickman gave up two runs in the ninth before getting his 13th save.
"Today, it all equaled out,'' Wickman said. "They got a couple
bloops and then Thomas hits a line drive for an out. I'll take
The White Sox scored just five runs in the series, and manager
Jerry Manuel's frustration overflowed when he was ejected in the
"It is frustrating,'' Thomas said. "It's tough to end it with
a line drive. It's no fun to come to the ballpark when you're
losing like this. We had opportunities. We just have to find a way
to get a victory.''
After the Indians scuffled following their fast start, there was
talk that Cleveland's front office might dismantle the team and
rebuild with trades. Finley figured he'd be one of the first to go.
But the club's recent run -- and Finley's, too -- might have the
Indians thinking differently.
"I wouldn't give up on this team just yet,'' he said.
Finley, coming off an 11-strikeout performance against Detroit,
wasn't nearly as overpowering and only had to work out of one mess,
when the White Sox loaded the bases in the second.
The 39-year-old left-hander came in 1-4 with a 10.96 earned-run average for
Cleveland against Chicago, and he rebounded from his last start
against the White Sox on April 16 -- nine runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Magruder, who came over in an April trade with Texas, hit his
second homer since being recalled from the minors May 21 when he
connected in the seventh to make it 4-0.
The Indians are 8-3 since Magruder arrived.
"He's my boy,'' first baseman Jim Thome said. "His energy has
rubbed off on a lot of guys here. It's great to see someone come up
and have that kind of effect on people.''
Magruder's sacrifice fly and Omar Vizquel's RBI single gave the
Indians a 2-0 lead in the fifth, and Manuel had seen enough.
With Matt Lawton up, Manuel began arguing with plate umpire Phil
Cuzzi from the dugout and got tossed. But before going to the
clubhouse, Manuel came out and got into a heated face-to-face
exchange with Cuzzi.
"They are going to make mistakes, but that was a crucial time
and it was not a good time for me,'' Manuel explained. "Maybe I
bumped him, maybe I didn't.''
Seconds later, Cuzzi tossed third-base coach Wallace Johnson,
The White Sox left the bases loaded in the second and eighth,
when Shuey got Paul Konerko on a grounder for the final out.
Finley struck out six to move into sole possession of 24th
place on the career list with 2,492. He came in tied with Hall of
Famer Don Drysdale. Christy Mathewson (2,502) is 23rd. ... The
Indians got an unusual out in the first when catcher Einar Diaz tagged
Ray Durham out at first. Durham blooped a hit to right, but when he
rounded the base too far, right fielder Lawton threw behind him to
Diaz, who hustled down the line. ... Vizquel was presented with his
ninth Gold Glove by Rawlings. Fellow great Venezuelan shortstops
Luis Aparicio and Davey Concepcion took part in pregame ceremonies.