Indians sweep Chicago, take fifth straight game

Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2003

CLEVELAND Milton Bradley doubled home two runs and Brian Anderson earned his first win in eight starts as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-2 Monday.

The Indians extended their season-high winning streak to five games and completed a three-game sweep of the rain-shortened series. It was their fourth series win in their last five, going 11-5 over the stretch.

The White Sox's frustrations continued as they fell to 2-5 on their longest trip in 19 years, and are just 2 1/2 games ahead of the rebuilding Indians.

White Sox management has maintained that manager Jerry Manuel's job is safe, but there has been speculation the sixth-year skipper may be released during the remainder of the four-city, 14-day trip.

Bradley put Cleveland ahead 3-2 by lining a two-run double high off the left-field wall against Bartolo Colon (5-5) in the sixth inning.

Anderson (3-5) allowed two runs and five hits over six innings and won for the first time since April 9. His last outing was two innings of hitless relief in a 5-2 win in Detroit on Tuesday.

In his previous start, a 12-3 loss at Boston on May 24, Anderson allowed eight hits and eight runs just three earned in five innings.

National League

Rockies 4, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO Shawn Chacon became the first eight-game winner in the National League, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 4-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Greg Norton hit his first homer of the season as the Rockies snapped a seven-game road losing streak and avoided a four-game sweep. Colorado improved to 7-22 on the road this year.

The Giants saw their five-game winning streak end, losing for the first time on their 12-game homestand.

Jason Schmidt (4-2) struck out nine and allowed only two runs in seven innings. But he was outpitched by Chacon (8-2), who won his career-best fourth straight start.

Jose Jimenez pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 1

SAN DIEGO Carlton Loewer won for the first time since being hurt in a hunting accident in January 2000, pitching five solid innings in San Diego's victory over Arizona.

The Padres, who have the NL's worst record, earned a split of the four-game series. It was just their seventh win in 35 games.

Making his fourth start of the season, Loewer (1-1) allowed one run and five hits.

It was his first win since May 4, 1999, with Philadelphia.

Loewer fell out of a deer blind in Louisiana on Jan. 2, 2000, breaking his lower left leg and dislocating his ankle. While recovering, he developed shoulder problems that required season-ending surgery in July 2000. He made two appearances with the Padres in 2001, then sat out last season.

Matt Herges pitched the ninth for his third save.

John Patterson (0-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.

Diamondbacks ace Curt Schilling was fined about $15,000 by major league baseball for destroying a camera used to evaluate umpires on May 24. He plans to appeal.

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