Indians 8, Padres 5
CLEVELAND (AP)—Once the Cleveland Indians survived the first inning, getting through the next eight was a snap.
Cleveland trailed 4-0 before coming up for the first time, then quickly caught and passed the Padres.
“Our guys did a great job of coming back,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “That was the difference.”
Phillips, who had just one hit in his previous 35 at-bats, capped a wild first frame of interleague play between clubs whose only other meetings came in Cactus League spring training games in Arizona.
“I wasn’t in a slump,” insisted the confident Phillips, who had been in a 3-for-51 slide. “I’ve been putting the big barrel of the bat on the ball, but they just haven’t been falling in. I just couldn’t get a hit.”
Jake Westbrook (3-3) pitched 2 1-3 perfect innings for the win as the Indians improved to 9-2 at home since May 16.
“We did our jobs,” Westbrook said. “We got outs. We put up zeros.”
Brian Buchanan homered for the Padres, who dropped to an NL-worst 19-46.
The teams crammed a game’s worth of action into a first inning that featured 62 pitches, 10 runs, eight hits, three walks, two errors, a wild pitch and a pitching change in 36 minutes.
San Diego got five straight hits in a seven-pitch span and took a 4-0 lead against Indians starter Billy Traber, who nonetheless took the mound for the second leading 6-4.
That’s because Cleveland countered with its most productive inning of the season in the first, scoring six times off Padres starter Brian Tollberg (0-2), who got just one out.
“If I do my job and throw strikes, they don’t score six,” Tollberg said. “I’ve never had that happen where I’ve had no command. I don’t know if it was sitting so long during the half-inning or what. I’m not going to beat myself up over it, but I do feel bad.”
Phillips, whose average had dipped below .200, then hit a two-run single that got past Gary Matthews Jr. in left field for an error.
“They didn’t get many hits but we helped them out,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “The ‘pen did a good job, but that first inning just killed us.”
The Indians gave Traber a 7-4 lead by adding a run in the second on Lawton’s sacrifice fly.
Despite his rough outing—five runs and 11 hits—Traber got to the fifth with a chance to earn the victory.
However, Buchanan’s fourth homer brought the Padres to 7-5, and when Traber gave up a two-out double and a walk, Wedge brought in Westbrook, who retired Gary Bennett on a grounder.
Cleveland made it 8-5 in the eighth on Coco Crisp’s RBI single. Crisp, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Buffalo when Ellis Burks went on the15-day disabled list, went 1-for-5.
Indians OF Jody Gerut is batting .410 (16-for-39) with nine RBIs during a career-long 11-game hitting streak. … Before the six-run outburst, Cleveland’s biggest inning this season was four runs. The Indians did that six times. … Matthews went 0-for-5 and had his career-high hitting streak stopped at 10 games. … Cleveland’s Milton Bradley has reached base in 46 of 47 games this season. … Buchanan is batting .370 (20-for-54) against left-handers. … Since April 26, the Padres are 2-14 on the road. … Cleveland is 15-1 whenscoring at least six runs.