Indians' Cabrera turns triple play

Lee is sharp again in loss to Blue Jays

Indians second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera tags out Toronto's Marco Scutaro to complete an unassisted triple play in the fifth inning. Indians second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera tags out Toronto's Marco Scutaro to complete an unassisted triple play in the fifth inning. (Amy SancettaAssociated Press)
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Associated Press / May 13, 2008

Asdrubal Cabrera delivered a home run in the first game of a doubleheader last night and the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history in the nightcap.

The drive helped Cleveland win, 3-0. The fielding gem wasn't enough to complete the sweep.

"It's a triple play but I'm not going to talk about it; we didn't win the game," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Shannon Stewart hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, Aaron Hill added a two-run single, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Indians, 3-0, in Cleveland to salvage a split of the doubleheader.

"It's nice to get one with nothing else going our way," Hill said after Toronto snapped a 31-inning scoreless streak and won for just the second time in seven games.

The nightcap featured terrific pitching by Toronto's Shaun Marcum and Cleveland's Cliff Lee, who failed to become the AL's first seven-game winner even though he worked nine scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 0.67. He got a big assist from Cabrera in the fifth inning.

With Kevin Mench and Marco Scutaro on with singles and running on the 1-0 pitch, Cabrera made a diving backhand catch of a line drive by Lyle Overbay, touched second base to force Mench, then tagged out Scutaro.

The only miscue by Cabrera was that he didn't keep the ball.

"He flipped it into the stands and right as he did cried out, 'Oh, no!' " first-base coach Luis Rivera said, serving as the Venezuelan's interpreter.

"I knew it was pretty special," the 22-year-old Cabrera said.

Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made the last unassisted triple play in the majors, on April 29, 2007, against Atlanta. Oakland second baseman Randy Velarde last turned the trick in the AL, on May 29, 2000, against the Yankees.

This was the record third unassisted triple play by a Cleveland fielder.

Indians shortstop Neal Ball made the first one in history, in 1909. Cleveland second baseman Bill Wambsganss turned the only one in the World Series, in 1920 during a Game 5 win over Brooklyn.

Fausto Carmona (4-1) pitched a five-hitter and Cabrera hit a two-run homer in Cleveland's victory in the first game.

Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak after Carmona struck out three and walked four in his second shutout and third complete game in 47 big league starts.

Rays 7, Yankees 1 - Matt Garza pitched seven scoreless innings and surging Tampa Bay beat nemesis Andy Pettitte and visiting New York for its fifth consecutive victory.

Garza (2-1) gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out three while holding the Yankees in check with help from three double plays.

Jason Bartlett and Dioner Navarro each drove in two runs for the Rays (22-16), who climbed six games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. They did it by beating Pettitte (3-4), who was 8-1 at Tropicana Field before giving up five runs and eight hits in four innings.

Nationals 10, Mets 4 - Making his ninth start without a victory, Odalis Perez had three hits and two RBIs and pitched into the seventh inning to lead visiting Washington.

On an unusually chilly night with winds gusting to more than 20 m.p.h., Jesus Flores and Lastings Milledge each had two-run doubles and the Nationals ended a three-game slide by taking advantage of Nelson Figueroa's wildness and getting hits with runners on base - something they've struggled with this season.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 3 - Ryan Braun hit two home runs for the second game in a row, and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and manager Tony La Russa both were ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning of host Milwaukee's victory.

Cubs 12, Padres 3 - Carlos Zambrano (6-1) won his fifth straight decision and Alfonso Soriano homered in a six-run fifth as host Chicago won its fourth straight.

Pirates 5-0; Braves 8-1 - Tim Hudson (6-2) limited Pittsburgh to two hits and an unearned run over seven innings and visiting Atlanta halted its seven-game road losing streak and the Pirates' six-game winning streak with a victory in the second game of a doubleheader.

In the opener, Freddy Sanchez hit a three-run double and Zach Duke pitched six shutout innings as the Pirates won.

Astros 7, Giants 3 - Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh, Lance Berkman had a tying two-run homer off Barry Zito, and visiting Houston won its fourth straight game.

Angels 10, White Sox 7 - Vladimir Guerrero homered and drove in four runs, Nick Adenhart recorded his first major league victory, and host Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak. Chicago's Mark Buehrle (1-5) took the loss, giving up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Reds 8, Marlins 7 - Jeff Keppinger and Brandon Phillips hit two-run homers in the seventh inning for host Cincinnati, breaking open a tie score and sending righthander Aaron Harang to his first victory since April 10. Florida had its seven-game winning streak snapped despite hitting three homers.

Rangers 13, Mariners 12 -Only four nights after Seattle first baseman Richie Sexson charged the mound and flung his helmet at Texas pitcher Kason Gabbard to ignite a bench-clearing brawl, the only real fireworks were the pyrotechnic displays after back-to-back home runs by Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley, and then the 10th-inning game-winning shot by Ramon Vazquez as host Texas rallied to win.

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