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Lewis propels Indians past Twins

Sep 16, 2008 - 2:59 AM By Todd Krepop PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Scott Lewis never thought his big league career would start like this.

Lewis extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings to begin his career in the majors and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-1, on Monday night.

Shin-Soo Choo blasted a two-run homer and Kelly Shoppach added a solo blast to help the Indians stop their three-game losing streak. The lost cost the Twins a chance to close the gap in the American League Central.

Minnesota (82-68) still trails the Chicago White Sox (83-66) by 1 1/2 games after White Sox fell to the New York Yankees, 4-2, on Monday.

"We're very frustrated," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We know where are and what we have to do."

Lewis (2-0) didn't help the Twins' frustration level by pitching six innings of three-hit ball, while striking out five batters in his second major league start. The 14 scoreless innings to begin a career is the most by a Cleveland pitcher since 1969, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I am a little bit surprised," Lewis said. "I never expected to come up here and do this well. I am still getting used to this and it has been a lot of fun."

"I am happy for him," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "He threw another great ballgame."

Lewis started the season at Class AA Akron and rose to Class AAA Buffalo, where he combined to go 8-4 with a 2.18 ERA. The success in the minors carried over as Lewis pitched eight scoreless innings in his debut on Wednesday against Baltimore.

"He was kind of dominant," Gardenhire said. "He pitched great tonight. He locates the ball well and didn't give us too many chances."

Despite already having a big league start under his belt, Lewis was more nervous about his first start at home. The 24-year-old lefthander grew up in Washington Court House, a suburb of Columbus, and attended Ohio State University.

"I was a little more nervous this time (than my first start)," said Lewis, who left 15-18 tickets for family and friends.

"I was a worried about pitching in front of the home fans."

Rafael Betancourt and Rafael Perez each pitched a scoreless inning and Jensen Lewis picked up his ninth save in 10 chances despite giving up a solo home run to Joe Mauer.

Shoppach broke a scoreless tie with his solo home run off of Minnesota starter Kevin Slowey in the fourth inning. Shoppach knocked Slowey's 0-1 offering over the right field wall for his 21st home run of the season.

Choo provided insurance with his two-run shot in the fifth off of Slowey. Grady Sizemore hit a one-out single and one out later Choo followed with his 11th home run over the right field wall.

"Choo had the big hit for us," Wedge said. "That was the difference tonight. He has done a fantastic job for us."

Slowey (12-10) yielded three runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one in picking up just his second loss in his last five decisions.

"Anytime you lose, you didn't feel that you didn't do your job," Slowey said. "It came down to a couple of bad pitches tonight."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    KANSAS CITY 0 1 2 4 0 2 0 4 0 13 17 0
    CLEVELAND 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: KAN - BRIAN BANNISTER, JOHN BALE (7TH), JIMMY GOBBLE (8TH), YASUHIKO
    YABUTA (9TH) AND JOHN BUCK
    CLE - JEREMY SOWERS, EDWARD MUJICA (4TH), JUAN RINCON
    (4TH), RICH R

    Sep 14 4:25 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN SHEALY (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF TOM MASTNY SCORED JASON SMITH AND JOEY GATHRIGHT.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 13, CLEVELAND 3
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.250, 0-FOR-4)

    Royals 13, Indians 3  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 14 3:59 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOEY GATHRIGHT SCORED MIKE AVILES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GATHRIGHT ON FIRST, J SMITH ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 10
    CLEVELAND 3 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.264, 2-FOR-4, 3 RBI)

    Royals 10, Indians 3  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 14 3:55 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE GUILLEN SCORED ALBERTO CALLASPO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J GUILLEN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 9
    CLEVELAND 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R SHEALY (.360, 2-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Royals 9, Indians 3  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 14 3:20 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALBERTO CALLASPO SCORED MIKE AVILES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CALLASPO ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 8
    CLEVELAND 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.300, 1-FOR-2, BB, 2 RBI)

    Royals 8, Indians 3  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 14 3:14 PM
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    Royals 7, Indians 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 14 2:59 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSE GUILLEN SCORED ALBERTO CALLASPO AND DAVID
    DEJESUS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J GUILLEN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 7
    CLEVELAND 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R SHEALY (.375, 2-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Royals 7, Indians 3  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 14 2:38 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID DEJESUS SCORED ESTEBAN GERMAN AND MIKE
    AVILES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D DEJESUS ON FIRST, A CALLASPO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    CLEVELAND 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.261, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals 5, Indians 3  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 14 2:33 PM
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    Royals 3, Indians 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 14 2:21 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN SHEALY SCORED ALBERTO CALLASPO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R SHEALY ON FIRST, D DEJESUS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    CLEVELAND 3 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.252, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 3, Indians 3  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 14 2:13 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALBERTO CALLASPO SCORED ESTEBAN GERMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CALLASPO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    CLEVELAND 3 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.299, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 2, Indians 3  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 14 2:05 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN SHEALY (3) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JEREMY SOWERS.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1, CLEVELAND 3
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.252, 14 HR, 53 RBI)

    Royals 1, Indians 3  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 14 1:39 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN GARKO SCORED JHONNY PERALTA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R GARKO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    CLEVELAND 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: F GUTIERREZ (.244, 8 HR, 38 RBI)

    Royals 0, Indians 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 14 1:27 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY VICTOR MARTINEZ SCORED JAMEY CARROLL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    CLEVELAND 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: R GARKO (.254, 11 HR, 74 RBI)

    Royals 0, Indians 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 14 1:24 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JHONNY PERALTA SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J PERALTA ON FIRST, J CARROLL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    CLEVELAND 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: V MARTINEZ (.272, 1 HR, 27 RBI)

    Royals 0, Indians 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 14 1:22 PM