CLEVELAND (AP) -- Coco Crisp was mired in a 2-for-18 slump and
hadn't done much to garner much playing time -- or attention --
He might have changed all that on Saturday.
Crisp, who entered the game in the 11th inning as a
pinch-runner, hit a one-out single in the bottom of the 13th and
gave the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore
"It's been a long time since I've seen all of you," Crisp said
to reporters after the game.
Crisp's day didn't get off to a very good start. He stayed on
the bench for 10 innings before being sent in to pinch run for
Travis Hafner with two outs in the 11th. The inning ended when
Crisp was thrown out trying to steal second.
"That didn't work out, but I thought if we kept playing, I'd
get another chance," he said.
That chance came two innings later. Matt Lawton singled off Mike
De Jean to lead off the 13th and moved to second on Alex Escobar's
sacrifice, the first of his career. Lou Merloni was intentionally
walked before Crisp, lined an 0-1 pitch to right field to score
"He threw me a sinker in," said Crisp, a switch-hitter. "He
tried to back me off the plate. I didn't know if it would get
through the infield. When it did, I threw my arms in the air."
Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli didn't second-guess the decision to
"They had two switch-hitters coming up (Crisp and Victor
Martinez)," Mazzilli said. "It set up the double play."
De Jean (0-2) allowed one run and three hits in 2 1-3 innings.
"He hit the ball on the ground," DeJean said of the winning
hit. "Unfortunately, it wasn't at anybody."
Chad Durbin (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
It was a frustrating day for the Orioles, who have lost five of
their last seven.
Baltimore loaded the bases with one out in the 11th, but
couldn't score and stranded the leadoff hitter in the 12th.
The Orioles had runners on first and third with one out in the
13th, but a big defensive play by Escobar saved the Indians. Miguel
Tejada singled with one out and moved to third on Rafael Palmeiro's
base hit. Luis Matos lifted a fly to center field, and Escobar
fielded it and made a one-hop throw home as Tejada tried to tag up,
bowling over catcher Martinez, who hung on to the ball.
Mazzilli was unhappy about all the missed opportunities.
"You battle back and you don't get it done," he said. "We had
the bases loaded and didn't get it done and we had runners on first
and third and didn't get it done."
Despite the win, the game marked yet another late-inning problem
for the Indians' battered bullpen. C.C. Sabathia held the Orioles
to one run and four hits in seven innings, and left with a 2-1
lead, but Melvin Mora's RBI single off Rick White tied it in the
Sabathia, who has the lowest ERA among major league starters at
1.61, was making his first start since April 16. He was scratched
from his start April 22 after feeling tightness in his left biceps
while warming up.
Mora's homer off Sabathia in the sixth gave the Orioles their
Indians SS Omar Vizquel became the 15th shortstop in major
league history to appear in 2,000 games at the position. The
nine-time Gold Glove winner recorded his 2,000th career hit April
22. ... Indians RHP Jose Jimenez (strained back muscle) threw 30
pitches in a simulated game Saturday and felt no pain. The plan is
for him to make a rehab appearance at Triple-A Buffalo on Monday.
... Indians LHP Jason Stanford (sore forearm) will make a rehab
start at Buffalo on Sunday. He'll throw about 65 pitches. ...
Orioles C Javy Lopez missed his second straight game because of a
pulled muscle in his right side. He was injured while taking a
swing Thursday. The Orioles said Lopez, batting 358 with three
homers and 14 RBI, is day to day. ... Orioles OF Larry Bigbie
(stiff neck) was a late scratch, and was replaced in left field by
B.J. Surhoff, who was originally given the day off. Surhoff was
0-for-4 against Sabathia in his career coming, but doubled in the
fifth inning. He entered the game in the 10th as a pinch-runner for