Tribe Wins In 10, But Millwood Hurt

Travis Hafner delivered a bloop RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Indians a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins after Cleveland's starting pitcher Kevin Millwood took himself out of the game with a strained right groin in the fifth inning on Wednesday night.

"I felt it tug and bite a little bit," Millwood told reporters. "It didn't pop, so that's good. The doctor doesn't think it's real bad. Hopefully not too bad. I'm really not as concerned as I am frustrated."

Millwood is scheduled for an MRI examination on Thursday. Tribe manager Eric Wedge said the right-hander possibly will be put on the 15-day disabled list.

Bob Howry (3-1), one of four relievers used by Wedge after Millwood left with two outs in the fifth, worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Hafner fought off a pitch from left-hander J.C. Romero and lofted a soft blooper the other way that just got over the glove of leaping shortstop Juan Castro. Pinch-runner Ron Belliard scored from second base to complete Cleveland's winning rally after the Indians had gone to the bottom of the ninth trailing, 2-1.

Pinch-hitter Victor Martinez walked on four pitches from Juan Rincon (2-2) to open the bottom of the 10th and was replaced by Belliard. Grady Sizemore then put down a bunt to sacrifice Belliard to second. Casey Blake grounded out and Romero was summoned by Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to face Hafner, who came to bat hitting only .167 against lefties this year.

Ben Broussard forced extra innings with leadoff homer against Twins closer Joe Nathan in the bottom of the ninth, tying the score 2-2.

Minnesota went ahead 1-0 on Torii Hunter's sixth homer in the second inning. Cleveland tied it in the seventh with an unearned run on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Boone. Jacque Jones' RBI single in the ninth off Arthur Rhodes gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead.


was not scheduled. The Bisons will open a four-game series in Rochester on Thursday morning (11:05 a.m. start) and return to Buffalo on Monday to start a four-game series against Toledo.

CLASS A AKRON (25-19) regained first place in the Southern Division of the Eastern League over Erie (26-20) by a fraction of a percentage point (.568 to .565) with a 5-0 shutout of the SeaWolves at Canal Park. Billy Traber (3-2, 2.65 ERA) allowed only two hits over seven innings, striking out five. Steve Green (3.76 ERA) didn't walk anybody, either, as he gave up two hits and struck out one over the final two innings. Catcher Javier Herrera (.225) went 3-for-4 and drove in one run during Akron's four-run sixth. Franklin Gutierrez (.238) triggered the rally with a leadoff triple. Eider Torres (.270), Jason Cooper (.245), Scott Youngbauer (.229) and Ivan Ochoa (.236) drove in the Aeros' other runs.

CLASS A KINSTON (26-19) kept its half-game lead in the Southern Division of the Carolina League over Winston-Salem (26-20) with a 6-1 win in Salem (17-29). Mario Matulich (.309) went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs and Mike Conroy (.300) went 2-for-4 with his third homer, a two-run shot, for the K-Tribe. Rafael Perez (5-3, 3.72 ERA) allowed one run on one hit over six innings, walking two and striking out four. Salem's only hit was a leadoff triple by Wade Robinson in the sixth inning. He scored on a groundout. Mariano Gomez (2.76 ERA) struck out three in two perfect innings and Jim Ed Warden (7.71 ERA) fanned one in a perfect ninth to complete the one-hitter.

CLASS A LAKE COUNTY (26-19) was not scheduled. The Captains will open a four-game series at West Virginia on Thursday at 7:05 p.m., then move on to Lexington for another four-game road set starting Monday.

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