Indians slip past Orioles

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2002

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ricky Gutierrez pulled a muscle while scoring on rookie Chris Magruder's triple in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Thursday's only scheduled AL game.

Gutierrez drew a one-out walk in the 10th off Willis Roberts (3-2), and Magruder followed with a shot that rattled around in the right-field corner.

Gutierrez was waved home by third-base coach Joel Skinner and scored easily, but grabbed his upper leg after crossing home plate. The Indians backed off from mobbing Gutierrez as a trainer came onto the field and helped him limp off.

Jerrod Riggan (1-0), recalled earlier in the day when Paul Shuey went on the 15-day disabled list, pitched the 10th and got his first AL win. The right-hander came over in the December trade that sent Roberto Alomar to the New York Mets.

Ellis Burks homered for the struggling Indians, who went 3-4 on their homestand and will start an important season-long 12-game road trip on Friday in Colorado.

Cleveland's Chuck Finley joined an elite group of pitchers and pitched well until the seventh inning but got a no-decision.

Finley moved past Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson into 22nd place on the career strikeout list, fanning eight in 6 2-3 innings to raise his total to 2,505 in 16 seasons.

The 39-year-old left-hander, who could be traded before the July 31 deadline, is one of just 24 pitchers to surpass 2,500 strikeouts.

But Finley walked four, including three in the seventh inning when he forced in Baltimore's tying run.

Baltimore starter Jason Johnson, making just his second start since April 20, held the Indians to one run and three hits in a season-high eight innings.

Finley, in the final year of his contract with Cleveland, knows the Indians may deal him to a contender by the end of next month and has raised his stock with five straight solid outings.

He reached the 2,500 plateau when he struck out Tony Batista leading off the second, and then passed Mathewson (2,502) by striking out Brian Roberts to open the fourth.

Finley, though, couldn't quite pitch his way out of a jam in the seventh, and forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk to Mike Bordick.

Burks led off the fourth with his 11th homer, hitting Johnson's first pitch into the Indians' bullpen in right-center.

Notes: The game was a makeup of a May 16 rainout. ... Next up for Finley is Hall of Famer Tim Keefe (2,533) in 22nd place, and Jerry Koosman (2,556) in 21st. Atlanta's Greg Maddux (2,565) is 20th. ... The Indians placed Shuey, their top set-up man, on the DL with a groin injury. Shuey has made 11 career trips to the DL, including at least one in the past six years. ... Cleveland will only play three home games -- against World Series champion Arizona -- in the next 28 days. ... The Indians have played two extra-inning games this season, both against Baltimore.

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