Dodgers 4, Indians 3, 10 innings
CLEVELAND (AP)—Jolbert Cabrera has changed uniforms, but not his flair for the dramatic.
Cabrera came back to haunt his former team, hitting an RBI double in the 10th inning Friday night to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in the first matchup between the teams in 83 years.
Cabrera, traded by the Indians last July, doubled down the third-base line off Jake Westbrook (3-4) for the Dodgers, who last played Cleveland in the 1920 World Series.
“It’s good to get a win, no matter where and no matter who it came against,” said Cabrera, who downplayed his contribution but had a knack for clutch hits while with the Indians.
The Dodgers, who couldn’t push the go-ahead run home from third in the ninth, put two on in the 10th for Cabrera, who pulled his double just inside the bag at third one pitch after just missing an almost identical hit.
“Cabrera, once again,” said Dodgers manager Jim Tracy. “He seems to be doing an awful lot of that lately.”
Cabrera has 30 hits this season, 17 for extra bases.
Los Angeles catcher Paul Lo Duca extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a double in the first.
Milton Bradley had two RBIs for the Indians.
Cleveland took a 3-2 lead with a two-run sixth, which ended with the ejection of Dodgers starter Odalis Perez and Los Angeles pitching coach Jim Colborn.
Coco Crisp and John McDonald singled and Bradley followed with an RBI base hit. The Indians then pulled off a double steal with McDonald reaching around third baseman Adrian Beltre’s tag. TV replays appeared to show McDonald was out.
Shane Spencer hit an RBI single, but Bradley was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Brian Jordan. Perez then stopped Jody Gerut’s hard comebacker for the final out before shouting something at third-base umpire Gerry Davis.
Second-base ump Ed Rapuano stepped in an immediately tossed Perez, who had to be restrained by Tracy.
“Obviously, he (Perez) was very frustrated,” Tracy said. “You look at the replays and he had every right to feel that way.”
The ejections set off a bizarre chain of events in the seventh.
Jason Boyd relieved Indians starter Brian Anderson and made just five pitches—giving up a double—before leaving with stomach cramps. Manager Eric Wedge called for Dan Miceli, but Westbrook ran from the bullpen instead. After a discussion between Wedge and the umpiring crew, Westbrook sprinted back as Miceli came in.
“It was very embarrassing,” Westbrook said. “They just said my name and I went out there. I got there and they said, ‘Go back.”’
Wedge said it was a misunderstanding between the pitchers.
Miceli got two outs, but gave up a walk and Shawn Green’s RBI double that tied it at 3.
The Dodgers scored twice in the sixth, helped by right fielder Gerut’s questionable error, to take a 2-1 lead.
Green singled with two outs and Jordan hit a drive to the gap in right-center that Gerut ran down but dropped while trying to make a sliding catch. Green scored on the play and Fred McGriff’s single put the Dodgers ahead 2-1.
Gerut said he should have caught it.
“Nothing burns me more than when I can’t execute and play defense to win ballgames,” said Gerut, who has made much tougher catches this season. “It was definitely catchable, a play I normally make. It just bounced in and out of my glove. A clear bonk.”
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Bradley’s RBI single.
McDonald, filling in at shortstop for the injured Omar Vizquel, made a sensational play to rob McGriff with a diving stop in the second. McDonald leftin the ninth with back spasms.
Gagne has 33 straight saves since last season, and has recorded 31 of his last 46 outs by strikeouts. … Dodgers have won 18 of 26. … Lo Duca’s streak is the Dodgers’ longest since Brett Butler hit in 23 straight in 1991. … McGriff’s 1,538th RBI moved him past Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio for 36th on the career list. McGriff came out after five innings with tightness in his right groin. … Cabrera made a leaping catch at the wall in center to take extra bases away from Casey Blake in the seventh. … Anderson, a die-hard Browns fan, psyched himself up for the game by watching a video of the 1987 AFCplayoff game between Cleveland and the New York Jets.