Chicago (25-30) at Cleveland (22-32)

  • Game info: 12:05 pm EDT Mon Jun 2, 2003
  • TV: FSCH
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The Cleveland Indians hope to extend their season-high winning streak to five games as they close out their rain-shortened series with the Chicago White Sox at Jacobs Field.

The Indians, who saw Saturday’s game get rained out, will be trying for their first sweep of the season. Making the long climb back to .500, the Indians have already clinched their fourth series win in their last five, going 10-5 over the stretch.

“I feel like we’re finally playing the way I want us to play,” Indians first-year manager Eric Wedge said Saturday. “I like our approach and how we’re taking care of our business on the field. We are making strides, and getting better.

“There are a lot of good things happening here.”

On Sunday, Cleveland’s rookie outfielder Jody Gerut blooped a bases-loaded, pinch-hit single off the glove of Chicago shortstop Jose Valentin with two outs in the 10th inning, giving the Indians a 5-4 win.

On Monday, the Indians will face former ace Bartolo Colon for the third time this season.

Colon, who pitched for Cleveland from 1997 until July, 2002, is 1-0 against the Indians with a 3.00 ERA. On April 18, Colon pitched his 20th career complete game against the Indians, allowing nine hits and three runs in Chicago’s 5-3 win.

“It was the same Bartolo that we’ve seen,” Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel said after the game. “Whenever he needed to turn it on, he just turned it on.”

The White Sox, meanwhile, are 2-4 of what was 14 -game road-trip before Saturday’s rainout.

“I have to tip my hat to them,” said reliever Tom Gordon, who allowed three runs in the seventh inning. “They put the ball in play and hit it where we weren’t playing.”

STANDINGS: White Sox - 3rd place, 6 GB, AL Central. Indians - 4th place, 8 1/2 GB, AL Central.

WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Colon (5-4, 3.81 ERA). Colon had his three game winning streak snapped with a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. In eight innings, Colon allowed five runs and nine hits to suffer his first loss since May 4.

INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Anderson (2-5, 4.98 ERA). After winning his first two starts this season, the lefty has gone 0-5 in his last seven. Anderson’s last outing was two innings of hitless relief in the Indians 5-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday. In his last start, a 12-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on May 24, Anderson allowed eight hits and eight runs—just three earned— in five innings. In seven games—including five starts—against the White Sox, Anderson is 3-2 with a 5.01 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: White Sox - D’Angelo Jimenez, .293 avg.; Frank Thomas, 10 HRs; Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee, 27 runs; Carlos Lee, 34 RBI and 5 SBs. Indians - Milton Bradley, .344 avg.; Matt Lawton, 7 HRs; Vizquel, 30 runs; Ellis Burks, 27 RBIs.; Bradley and Vizquel, 5 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Indians, 5-4

STREAKS AND NOTES: White Sox - SS Jimenez is 10-for-17 (.588) against Anderson. … DH Paul Konerko is 1-for-24 over his last eight games. … Chicago has lost eight of 10 on the road. Indians - SS Vizquel is 4-for-8 against Colon with two doubles. … The Indians last swept the White Sox from May 31-June 2, 2002 in a three-game set at Jacobs Field. … The Indians have outscored opponents 25-11 over their winning streak.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: White Sox - 9-18 on the road; Indians - 13-14 at home.

INJURIES: White Sox - INF Willie Harris (shoulder), 15-day DL. Indians - OF Karim Garcia (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (rotator cuff), 15-day DL; LHP Cliff Lee (abdomen), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Ricky Gutierrez (neck), 60-day DL.

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B. Colón NYM vs. B. Anderson TB
15-13 Record 14-11
3.87 ERA 3.78
173 K 87
67 BB 43
1.20 WHIP 1.29