Arizona (35-33) at Cleveland (35-30)

Cloudy Currently: Cleveland, OH
Temp: 44° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 18, 2005
  • TV: KTVK, FSOH
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The red-hot Cleveland Indians are feasting on the NL West.

The Indians shoot for their season-high eighth straight win when they play the middle game of their weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Jacobs Field.

Jhonny Peralta and Grady Sizemore hit back-to-back homers, and Casey Blake had two hits and three RBIs during Cleveland’s 10-run third inning as the Indians pounded the Diamondbacks 13-6 on Friday.

Travis Hafner had three RBIs and Coco Crisp went 3-for-5 for the Indians, who have won 10 of 11 and are enjoying their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2002.

Cleveland’s offensive eruption had been building for weeks. The Indians have struggled at the plate all season, entering the series batting an AL-low .249. However, the bats have warmed up lately as the club is 9-1 against NL West opponents, outscoring San Diego, San Francisco, Colorado and Arizona by a combined 65-30.

Blake led off Cleveland’s biggest inning in nearly six years with a homer as the Indians sent up 14 hitters and collected eight hits—three homers, three singles and two doubles—while taking advantage of two walks and two errors.

It was the most runs scored by the Indians in an inning since Sept. 10, 1999, when they scored 12 against the Chicago White Sox.

“That was incredible, to put an inning together like that,” Blake said. “You don’t see that too many times. It shows what kind of confidence this lineup has and what it can do right now.”

Cleveland is a major league-best 11-2 in interleague play, and 81-71 against the NL since 1997.

Royce Clayton went 4-for-4 with a homer and Craig Counsell hit a two-run shot for Arizona, which also allowed 10 runs in the sixth inning of a 12-6 loss Wednesday in Chicago.

Arizona is the first team to allow 10 runs in an inning in consecutive games since the 1969 World Series champion New York Mets did it during a July 30 doubleheader against the Houston Astros.

“It’s not like us to make errors,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “Sometimes in long innings you lose your concentration. That doesn’t make it right but it happens.”

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