The Rockies, the league’s worst road team at 7-22, played through two rain delays Wednesday lasting more than two hours before finally improving the best home record in the majors with a 2-1 win.
Preston Wilson homered for the second straight game and had an RBI single to lead Colorado’s offense, while closer Jose Jimenez continued his solid season by posting his ninth straight save, and 13th in 14 chances.
Cleveland had just six hits in losing its second straight following a five-game winning streak.
The Indians are hoping Thursday’s starter, C.C. Sabathia, can continue his stellar pitching and get the team back on a winning track.
By getting the decision in the Indians’ 7-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday, Sabathia improved to 4-0 with a sparkling 1.91 ERA in his last five starts. Sabathia went five innings, allowing three runs and five hits to remain unbeaten in his last eight starts.
The hefty lefty was pitching for the first time since May 21 when he sprained his left ankle while covering first base in a win over Detroit.
STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 9 GB, AL Central. Rockies - 3rd place, 7 GB, NL West.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Sabathia (4-2, 4.92 ERA). Left-handed batters are hitting .322 against Sabathia this season. He is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in one career start against Colorado.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Jennings (3-5, 5.40 ERA). The right-hander pitched well enough to win his last start, allowing just two runs and six hits over six innings, but did not figure in the decision in the Rockies’ 2-1 loss at San Francisco on Saturday. He has never faced the Indians.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Milton Bradley, .344 avg.; Matt Lawton, 7 HRs; Ellis Burks, 27 RBIs; Omar Vizquel, 33 runs and 6 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .325 avg. and 50 runs; Wilson, 14 HRs and 52 RBIs; Wilson and Larry Walker, 5 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Indians - 0-2. Rockies - 2-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - RHP Mark Wohlers is expected to miss the rest of the season after a comparison of MRIs done in May and February revealed ligament damage to right elbow. … RHP Jason Bere will see Dr. Craig Morgan in Philadelphia Thursday about the tendinitis in his right shoulder. … OF Burks made his first start of the season in left field Wednesday. Rockies - Wednesday’s game was the third-lowest scoring game in Coors Field history. The only games with fewer runs were on June 16, 1995, when Atlanta beat the Rockies 2-0, and on Aug. 9, 2002, when the Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs by the same score. … RHP Jennings is 2-0 with a 5.21 ERA in four home starts this season. … OF Wilson is hitting just .261 against left-handed pitching this season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 9-20 on the road; Rockies - 23-8 at home.
INJURIES: Indians - OF Karim Garcia (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF 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; INF Pablo Ozuna (knee), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL; INF Ron Belliard (ankle), 15-day DL.