Baltimore (27-31) at Cleveland (29-31)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Mon Jun 14, 2004
  • TV: FSOH
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Fresh off a series sweep of their intrastate rivals, the Cleveland Indians try for their fourth straight victory as they face the Baltimore Orioles in a make-up game at Jacobs Field.

The Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-8 Sunday for their third straight come-from-behind victory. Matt Lawton hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh, helping Cleveland rebound from a six-run fourth-inning deficit.

“It was huge for us,” catcher Tim Laker said, “especially with the crowds we had. They were really into the game.”

Coco Crisp and Omar Vizquel also homered for Cleveland.

“Our offense is legit,” Crisp said. “There’s no one in the lineup who hasn’t been hitting well.”

The Indians, who outscored the Reds 18-3 after the fifth inning in the series, pounded out five runs in the sixth inning Sunday and three in the seventh. They scored a total of 24 runs in the series.

“It’s hard to come back each night,” Lawton said. “But just because you’re down six or seven runs doesn’t mean you can’t get lucky.”

The Indians are hoping that Jake Westbrook can keep their winning streak alive. Westbrook turned in one of his best outings of the season Wednesday, giving up just one eanred run and six hits in eight innings of an 8-1 win over the Florida Marlins.

The sinkerballer got 16 ground-ball outs.

“Jake was aggressive with his sinker,” manager Eric Wedge said. “That was as good as I’ve seen his stuff. You can’t say enough about him.”

Westbrook, who has won five of his last six decisions, is receiving 6.25 runs of support per start from his offense. In his last two outings he has given up just three earned runs in 15 innings of work after giving up at least four runs in each of his last four starts.

“My arm felt good,” Westbrook said Wednesday. “I was on six days’ rest. I worked in all my pitches and felt strong. Anytime you’re getting so many groundballs, you’re doing what you’re supposed to do.”

The Orioles lost 7-3 to the San Francisco Giants Sunday—their eighth defeat in 11 games. Javy Lopez and B.J. Surhoff homered for Baltimore, and Brain Roberts doubled.

This matchup is a make-up game for a rainout on May 2.

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E. DuBose LAD vs. J. Westbrook StL
4-6 Record 14-9
6.39 ERA 3.38
48 K 116
44 BB 61
1.61 WHIP 1.25