Cleveland (34-34) at Chicago (35-31)

  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 22, 2004
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Scott Elarton takes another shot at his first victory of the season as the Cleveland Indians continue a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Elarton started the season with Colorado, going 0-6 with a 9.80 ERA in eight starts, six of which came at hitter-friendly Coors Field. The veteran right-hander was let go by Colorado on May 17, and Cleveland signed him eight days later to a minor league contract.

He went 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts at Triple-A Buffalo before his Cleveland debut in the Indians’ 8-7 victory over Cincinnati on June 12.

Elarton was reached for five runs, four hits and six walks over five innings against Cincinnati, but fared much better against the New York Mets on Thursday. He allowed one hit while striking out four in four innings before a two-hour rain delay cut his outing short.

The Indians went on to lose 6-2.

“It’s kind of an indication of the way my season’s gone,” said Elarton, who went 17-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 30 starts for Houston in 2000 but struggled the next two seasons with a right shoulder injury which caused him to miss all of 2002.

“It’s probably the best I’ve felt in a long time. That’s the way this game is.”

The Indians took the series opener 5-1 Monday night for their eighth victory in 11 games. Cleveland reached .500 for the first time since starting the season 2-2.

Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake homered while Victor Martinez had a career-high four hits as the Indians moved within two games of the White Sox for second place in the AL Central.

The White Sox entered the series with the most runs in the majors (373), but have struggled to produce on a consistent basis of late. While Chicago has scored at least 10 runs in 14 games this season, including six of its last 12, they have three runs combined in their last two games.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen held a team meeting after Monday’s game.

“They should believe in themselves, it’s not time to panic,” Guillen said. “Every game is going to be a big game.”

Aaron Rowand went 3-for-4 with a solo homer for his fifth straight multi-hit game for the White Sox, who have lost five of their last six.

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S. Elarton MIN vs. E. Loaiza CWS
3-11 Record 10-7
5.90 ERA 5.70
103 K 117
62 BB 71
1.42 WHIP 1.57