Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Cleveland leads 2-1 (as of 4/18)

Game 1: Friday, April 16
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Game 2: Saturday, April 17
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Game 3: Sunday, April 18
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Game 4: Monday, April 19
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Tigers 7

(7-5, 4-2 away)

Indians 9

(5-8, 3-3 home)

    1:05 PM ET, April 18, 2004

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    DET 000003310 7 11 1
    CLE 10130301 - 9 12 0

    W: C. Lee (2-0)

    L: J. Bonderman (1-1)

    S: D. Riske (1)

    Riske earns Indians' first save of season

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Matt Lawton got Cleveland off to a good start and David Riske finally finished off a win.

    Lawton hit two homers, scored four runs and drove in four, and Riske earned the Indians' first save this season in a 9-7 win Sunday over the Detroit Tigers.

    Cleveland's bullpen entered last in the AL with a 6.69 ERA, three blown saves and 58 hits allowed in 40 1/3 innings.

    "Riske was fantastic and 'Law' had a great day," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "That's the David Riske we know."

    Carlos Guillen homered and had four RBI for Detroit, which lost center fielder Alex Sanchez to a strained left groin in the seventh inning.

    Sanchez barely made it to second on an RBI double -- hopping the final 40 feet on his right leg and falling on the base. He was helped to his feet by trainers, who assisted him to the dugout.

    "I can't play tomorrow," Sanchez said. "Hopefully, I won't be out too many days."

    Lawton led off the first with his third homer and hit a three-run shot in the fourth -- both off right-hander Jeremy Bonderman (1-1).

    It was the sixth multihomer game of Lawton's career and first since he hit two against Cincinnati last June 28.

    Cliff Lee (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, striking out six without a walk. Riske, who had blown two saves and entered with an ERA of 15.75, pitched a perfect ninth.

    "I wanted to be out there," Riske said. "When I'm struggling -- and hopefully I'm done with that word -- I want the ball. I wanted to get it done."

    Lawton was determined, too, especially after the first pitch of the game backed him off the plate.

    He hit Bonderman's second pitch 427 feet and over the wall in right-center, Lawton stood and admired his work, then flipped the bat backward -- hitting Ivan Rodriguez.

    The Tigers catcher angrily kicked the bat away as Lawton rounded the bases, then had a couple of words for him as he crossed home plate.

    "The first pitch was up and in and I got a little excited," Lawton said. "I wanted to hit the next one out. When I did, I got more excited and threw the bat. It hit Pudge in the foot and he was upset about that, but he was cool about it. He said, 'Don't let go of the bat.' "

    The next time up, Lawton was hit in the back by an 81 mph pitch from Bonderman. Lawton took off for second on a 3-1 pitch and scored as Omar Vizquel lined it to right-center for a double and a 2-0 lead.

    In the sixth, reliever Steve Colyer's first pitch sailed up and in to Lawton, who eventually walked after having to duck away from yet another tight one.

    "When he hit me with the bat, I got a little bit mad, but I knew it wasn't on purpose," Rodriguez said. "I told him to throw it somewhere else.

    "But we didn't throw at him. We went inside with a breaking pitch."

    Lawton responded again in the fourth. After Ronnie Belliard got a broken-bat single and Coco Crisp drew a two-out walk, Lawton hit a 2-0 pitch to right-center for his fourth homer and a 5-0 lead.

    A two-run double by Guillen sparked the Tigers in the sixth. Guillen then stole third and scored on a bloop single to right by Rodriguez to make it 5-3.

    Ben Broussard opened the bottom half with his first homer. Jody Gerut later hit a run-scoring single and Travis Hafner an RBI double for an 8-3 Indians lead.

    "If we could have held them at 5-3 we had a chance," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "How often can you keep coming back?"

    Guillen, who went 3-for-5, followed Sanchez's RBI double in the seventh with a two-run homer, and Carlos Pena hit his third homer in the eighth to make it 8-7.

    Bonderman allowed seven runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked three.

    Game notes


    Vizquel went 1-for-4 and is two hits shy of 2,000 for his career. ... Lawton needs eight hits for 1,000. ... Crisp went 2-for-3 and scored three runs. ... Pena has hit 11 of his 42 career homers against Cleveland. ... Bonderman is 0-4 in six career starts vs. the Indians. ... Lawton homered leading off a game for the fifth time in his career and scored four runs for the second time. ... Cleveland has 42 hits in three games against Detroit.

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