He’ll hope for more support as the Indians continue a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Cleveland had been shut out three times during Millwood’s four-game losing streak before breaking through for a 6-3 victory over Seattle at Jacobs Field on Sunday. Millwood did his part by allowing two runs and three hits over 7 2-3 innings for his first win since June 27.
“I’ve just tried to concern myself with what I can control and not worry about the offense,” Millwood said. “It was not for lack of effort that they didn’t score runs. They’ve been trying.”
The veteran right-hander is 2-3 with a 2.98 ERA in eight road starts this season. The Indians have scored a total of 26 runs in those games.
Seattle starter Aaron Sele, who is 0-6 with a 9.00 ERA over his last six outings, will oppose Millwood for the second straight outing. Sele is one loss shy of matching his career high of 12, set in 1997 with Boston.
The veteran right-hander gave up three runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings in Sunday’s loss.
“I thought I kept my team in the game, but I needed to outpitch Millwood and didn’t,” Sele said. “He was nasty.”
The Mariners debuted Cuban second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt in a 6-5 loss Thursday. Betancourt was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday and tripled in his first at-bat before going hitless over his final three plate appearances.
“He’s not afraid to swing the bat and is a better than average runner,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “He’s not bashful (on offense), and, like a lot of young Latin hitters, doesn’t walk a lot.”
Cleveland evened its record at 2-2 on a seven-game road trip as pinch-hitter Jose Hernandez delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth inning and closer Bob Wickman got the final three outs for his 26th save. Wickman got Ichiro Suzuki to ground into a game-ending double play.
The Indians moved within three games of AL wild card leader Oakland. With a young nucleus in place, Cleveland does not believe it is in a position to sacrifice too much if it opts to make a deal before Sunday’s trade deadline.
“One, it has to be something that is realistic to happen,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “Two, it has to be something to where you’re not selling off your future, so to speak. It has to make sense, and it has to be a fit.”
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