Cleveland (23-32) at Colorado (28-30)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 3, 2003
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The Cleveland Indians hope interleague play doesn’t slow their momentum as they open up a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The Indians have won five straight and nine of their last 13 games. Their five-game winning streak is the team’s longest since winning 10 in a row April 3-13, 2002. Cleveland is 16-12 since May 1.

Milton Bradley hit a two-run double and Brian Anderson earned his first win in eight starts for the Indians, who defeated Chicago 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep Monday.

Cleveland came from behind to win each game of the rain-shortened series. The Indians pulled within 2 1-2 games of third-place Chicago in the AL Central after starting 7-20. It was their fourth series win in their last five, going 11-5 over the stretch.

“This is more indicative of how we want to play,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Bradley’s hot-hitting has been a major key to Cleveland’s success. The Indians centerfielder has reached base in 10 of his last 15 at bats.

His .344 batting average leads the team and is third best in the AL. Bradley has a career .294 average with one home run in 34 career plate appearances against the Rockies.

Colorado is looking to improve its record in interleague play. The Rockies went 7-11 against the AL last season to give them an NL-worst 32-50 record since interleague play began in 1997.

Colorado’s only winning record in interleague play came in the first year when it finished 9-7. The Rockies went 6-6 against the AL in 2000.

Shawn Chacon became the first eight-game winner in the NL, leading Colorado to a 4-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Greg Norton homered as the Rockies snapped a seven-game road losing streak and avoided being swept by San Francisco for the fourth time in franchise history.

STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 8 GB, AL Central. Rockies - 3rd place, 8 GB, NL West.

INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Ricardo Rodriguez (3-5, 4.48 ERA). The 25-year-old snapped a personal five-game losing streak with an 8-2 win over Detroit on Thursday. Rodriguez held the Tigers two runs and eight hits in seven innings of work to pick up his third win of the year. The right-hander had been 0-5 with a 5.58 ERA over his previous seven outings.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Scott Elarton (1-1, 4.91 ERA). Elarton is 1-0 with a 5.11 ERA in two career starts against Cleveland. The 27-year-old has split his first two starts. He earned his first win of the season against Los Angeles on Thursday, allowing three runs in five innings of a 12-5 Colorado victory. Elarton was on the losing end of a 5-1 defeat by San Francisco in his first start on May 24.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Bradley, .344 avg.; Matt Lawton, 7 HRs; Ellis Burks, 27 RBIs; Omar Vizquel, 33 runs and 6 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .325 avg. and 49 runs; Preston Wilson, 12 HRs and 49 RBIs; Wilson and Larry Walker, 5 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Indians - 6-12; Rockies - 7-11.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - Cleveland is 1-4 in extra inning games. … OF Ben Broussard has two homers and six RBIs in his last six games. The Indians bullpen is 6-3 with a 2.95 ERA since May 13. Rockies - Colorado has the worst interleague ERA at 5.97. … OF Wilson is tied for the NL lead with 49 RBIs. … 1B Helton’s .432 on base percentage is second in the NL to Barry Bonds’ .493 mark.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 9-18 on the road; Rockies - 21-8 at home.

INJURIES: Indians - OF Karim Garcia (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; IF Ricky Gutierrez (neck), 60-day DL. Rockies - RHP Nelson Cruz (biceps), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (back), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (side), 60-day DL; IF Pablo Ozuna (knee), 60-day DL; IF Juan Uribe (back), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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3-9 Record 4-4
5.73 ERA 6.27
41 K 20
28 BB 20
1.43 WHIP 1.80