Series: Game 1 of 3

Cleveland leads 1-0 (as of 6/14)

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 5

(33-34, 13-18 away)

Rockies 3

(32-35, 20-13 home)

    9:05 PM ET, June 14, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: R. Drese (7-4)

    L: J. Thomson (6-6)

    S: B. Wickman (15)

    Drese has another strong outing for Indians

    DENVER (AP) -- John McDonald couldn't help but think about hitting for the cycle in his final at-bat.

    John McDonald

    It didn't happen, but he was happy to even be in that position.

    Ryan Drese made his second consecutive strong start, and McDonald drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 Friday night.

    McDonald, who had one extra base hit in his career before Friday, came up in the ninth inning needing a home run to hit for the cycle. Jose Jimenez struck him out looking with a slider, but McDonald still finished 3-for-5 to set career highs for hits and RBI.

    "Obviously it ran through my head because I've never been in that situation before,'' McDonald said. "With runners on second and third, I'm just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere. I know I'm not a home run hitter.''

    McDonald has played just 62 games in parts of four seasons in the majors, including 19 this season.

    "McDonald is a good fielder, a tremendous defensive player. And when he hits, the better the chance he gets to play,'' Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "This is where he stands. If he can produce some with his bat, which he did tonight, his chances of playing more become greater.''

    Cleveland opened a 12-game road trip, its longest of the season, by winning for just the third time in nine games. It was the Indians' eighth win in their last 25 road games.

    Colorado has lost nine of 11 and is 1-6 against American League teams this season. The Rockies are 26-45 in interleague games.

    "They pitched better than we did, they hit better than we did and that's the bottom line,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

    Drese (7-4) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings to win for the fifth time in seven starts. He has allowed four earned runs in 11 2/3 innings in his last two starts after giving up 10 in his previous two appearances.

    "My goal is to keep my team ahead no matter how many runs I get,'' Drese said. "You can't expect to pitch a shutout here in Colorado. The key is to get outs and not allow small innings to become big ones.''

    Drese did just that in the sixth inning.

    Colorado's Larry Walker led off with a homer to left, his 12th of the season, then Todd Helton reached on a single. Helton went to second on a wild pitch, then Drese walked Todd Zeile.

    After Todd Hollandsworth ground into a fielder's choice to put runners at first and third, Juan Uribe made it 5-2 with a sacrifice fly to right. Drese ended the inning by getting a forceout at second on a groundball by Gary Bennett.

    "I think he gets to a point in the game where he gets unsettled at times and gets erratic,'' Manuel said. "Once he learns to regain his composure, settles in and takes his time and concentrates on getting the next batter out, I think he's going to be fine.''

    Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.

    Colorado starter John Thomson (6-6) allowed four runs on six hits in five innings to lose his third straight start. He has lost four of his past five decisions after opening the season 5-2.

    "I was just putting the ball up and falling behind a lot of hitters,'' Thomson said. "When a hitter gets in a fastball hitting count, he is going to look for a fastball. I didn't throw more than three or four strikes with my slider all night, so they were looking fastball.''

    Cleveland's Travis Fryman hit a two-run triple in the first inning, only his fourth hit in his last 31 at-bats, and McDonald made it 3-0 with a single to right that went off the end of his bat.

    Cleveland's Omar Vizquel led off the third with a homer to the second deck in right, his ninth of the season -- tying his career high -- and McDonald made it 5-0 in the sixth with a chopper to second off Denny Stark.

    Game notes

    Colorado had never faced a team from the AL Central before Friday. ... Former Colorado OF Ellis Burks received a nice ovation after being introduced before the game as part of the Rockies 10th anniversary celebration. ... Drese twice tried to grab comebackers with his throwing hand. Cleveland's trainer came out to check on him after a hit by Bennett hit him in the fifth inning, but he stayed in the game. ... Walker has reached base in 39 straight games. He also has 488 extra-base hits, one behind Dante Bichette's team record.

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