Yankees Run To Loss Against Cleveland

Some poor baserunning and three double plays doomed the Yankees to a loss on Thursday in Cleveland. Jody Gerut's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the tenth sealed the victory, and the series, for the Indians, who won 3-2. It was the first series that the Indians had won against the Yankees in their home park since it opened in 1994.

Cleveland starter Jason Davis picked Alfonso Soriano off of first base in the first inning, kicking off what would be a long night of missed opportunities for the Yankees.

Davis cruised through most of the game, holding the Yankees to one run through the first six innings. The Yankees scored in the fourth inning on a Hideki Matsui grounder that made the score 2-1 in favor of Cleveland.

Cleveland got their runs in the second inning on Ben Broussard's two-run homerun, his sixth of the year, off of Roger Clemens.

Davis was forced to leave with a no decision in the seventh after his defense and his bullpen blew the slim lead. Jorge Posada led off the inning with a single, then moved to second base when Broussard mishandled Ruben Sierra's ground ball.

With two on and no out, Davis left the game for Alex Herrera. Pinch hitter Raul Mondesi walked to load the bases, and chased Herrera from the game. David Riske entered the game to face Curtis Pride, who grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that scored Posada from third and tied the game.

With the game still tied after nine innings, the two teams headed into extra innings. In the tenth, Sterling Hitchcock (0-2) came on and immediately got into trouble. He walked Coco Crisp to lead off the inning, and then gave up a double to Matt Lawton that moved Crisp to third. With first base open, the Yankees opted to walk Milton Bradley to load the bases for Gerut. Gerut singled to centerfield to score Crisp and end the game.

Hitchcock was charged with the loss after not recording an out. Roger Clemens was denied a decision in what was his final start in Cleveland. Clemens pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out six.

Jason Boyd (2-1) pitched a scoreless tenth inning to pick up the victory for the Indians.

The Yankees grounded into double plays in the fifth, seventh and eighth inning, all with no outs, wasting opportunities to score more runs and get a win. Soriano was picked off of second base by Davis after singling to lead off the sixth.

Derek Jeter grabbed two more hits to raise his average to .312. He is batting .541 (20/37) since June 29.

The Yankees head into Toronto for a three-game series with the Blue Jays as they put the finishing touches on the first half of 2003. Andy Pettitte (10-6, 4.51) will take the mound for the last time before the All-Star break for the Yankees, and will face Toronto's John Wasdin (0-0, 0.00). Wasdin, who came over from the Pirates on Tuesday, will be making his first start in the majors in 2003. He pitched a perfect game against the Albuquerque Isotopes in April in the AAA Pacific Coast League.

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