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Choo's seven RBIs lead Indians past Athletics 15-3

Jul 4, 2009 - 3:33 AM CLEVELAND(AP) -- Shin-Soo Choo gave his high school baseball coach a fitting tribute.

Choo learned before batting practice that his coach had died of cancer. Then he homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs in a 15-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night that snapped Cleveland's five-game losing streak.

"I'll never forget this game," said Choo, who helped South Korea to the championship game of the World Baseball Classic in March.

"If I was told before the game I would do this, I wouldn't believe it," he added. "He was almost a like a second dad."

Choo had an RBI single, two-run double, three-run homer and capped his night with a solo shot, his 12th. It was Choo's second career multihomer game and the most RBIs by a Cleveland player since Grady Sizemore drove in seven Aug. 21 against Kansas City.

Choo arrived early at Progressive Field to work with hitting coach Derek Shelton. He had watched three hours of video on the off-day Thursday and wanted to make some adjustments at the plate - even though he had raised his average to .292 by hitting .309 over his previous 48 games.

"Why change?" Choo responded to a question. "Because I want to get better."

Cleveland, with the worst record in the AL at 32-49, could use it. The Indians won for only the third time in 16 games.

Asdrubal Cabrera had three RBIs in the Indians' biggest output since a 22-4 win at Yankee Stadium on April 18. They scored only 13 runs and batted .195 during their five-game losing skid.

David Huff (4-3) gave up five doubles, but only three runs over six innings to improve to 4-1 in his last six starts.

Oakland, which had given up only 10 runs over its previous four games, opened a nine-game trip by losing for the seventh time in nine games.

"Cleveland hasn't been swinging the bats that great lately," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "We've been throwing the ball pretty well. It happens. It's one game."

Rookie Trevor Cahill (5-7) was wild and was hurt by some shaky fielding. The right-hander gave up five earned runs over 3 2-3 innings, walking four. Three more runs scored after two throwing errors by third baseman Bobby Crosby.

"When you get behind in the count, they can sit dead red," Cahill said. "They know what's coming and they usually hit it."

The Athletics scored in each of the first two innings to go up 2-0. Matt Holliday had an RBI groundout in the first, and Nomar Garciaparra a run-scoring double in the second. Huff stranded Garciaparra by getting three straight strikeouts.

"Huff continues to come around as a big-league starter," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "A couple of innings could have got away from him, but he adjusted and worked through it."

Travis Hafner hit his ninth homer to get Cleveland to 2-1 in the bottom half.

Two bad throws by Crosby in the third helped the Indians go ahead, 4-2.

Ben Francisco reached when Crosby fielded his slow roller and threw wildly. Francisco scored on a two-out single by Choo to tie it at 2. After Hafner walked to load the bases, Jhonny Peralta topped a bouncer to Crosby, whose throw was offline to first baseman Garciaparra as two runs scored.

Jack Cust's RBI single got Oakland to 4-3 in the fourth.

Choo's two-run double keyed a four-run bottom half. Cabrera and Peralta had RBI singles in the rally.

Cabrera's two-run double off Santiago Casilla in the fifth put Cleveland ahead 10-3. Choo's three-run homer to right-center off former Indians left-hander Craig Breslow, made it 13-3.

Sizemore had an RBI double in the Indians' sixth. He went 2 for 2 with three walks, breaking an 0-for-11 skid.

NOTES: Indians RHP Matt Herges said after the game he had been designated for assignment. His roster spot is expected to be taken by RHP Winston Abreu on Saturday. Abreu was acquired from Tampa Bay in a deal for RHP John Meloan on Thursday. ... Oakland SS Orlando Cabrera went 0 for 5, breaking a 14-game hitting streak. ... A's 2B Mark Ellis was a defensive replacement in the sixth. He got to Cleveland during the game after going to Oakland to be with wife Sarah. She gave birth to a girl, the couple's second child, on Thursday. ... Indians LHP Aaron Laffey gave up seven runs over four innings in an injury rehab start at Triple-A Columbus. He's been out since May 23 with a strained oblique. ... Indians RHP Rafael Betancourt followed with one scoreless inning. He has been out since June 1 with a strained groin.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 2
    CLEVELAND 0 1 3 4 5 1 1 0 x 15 15 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - TREVOR CAHILL, SANTIAGO CASILLA (4TH), CRAIG BRESLOW (5TH),
    RUSS SPRINGER (6TH), MICHAEL WUERTZ (7TH), EDGAR GONZALEZ
    (8TH) AND KURT SUZUKI, LANDON POWELL (8T

    Jul 3 10:36 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY SHIN-SOO CHOO (12) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF MICHAEL WUERTZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, CLEVELAND 15
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T HAFNER (.286, 1-FOR-2, 2 BB, HR, RBI)

    Athletics 3, Indians 15  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 3 10:06 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GRADY SIZEMORE SCORED BEN FRANCISCO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SIZEMORE ON SECOND, A CABRERA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    CLEVELAND 14 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: V MARTINEZ (.309, 0-FOR-4)

    Athletics 3, Indians 14  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 3 9:50 PM
  • 5
    roots
    McTool Added 5 roots

    Athletics 3, Indians 13  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 3 9:37 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY SHIN-SOO CHOO (11) TO CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF CRAIG BRESLOW SCORED ASDRUBAL CABRERA AND GRADY
    SIZEMORE.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, CLEVELAND 13
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T HAFNER (.288, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB, HR, RBI)

    Athletics 3, Indians 13  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 3 9:22 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ASDRUBAL CABRERA SCORED LUIS VALBUENA AND BEN
    FRANCISCO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A CABRERA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    CLEVELAND 10 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.223, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Athletics 3, Indians 10  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 3 9:08 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JHONNY PERALTA SCORED SHIN-SOO CHOO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON FIRST, T HAFNER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    CLEVELAND 8 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: R GARKO (.263, 1-FOR-2)

    Athletics 3, Indians 8  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 3 8:46 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SHIN-SOO CHOO SCORED ASDRUBAL CABRERA AND GRADY
    SIZEMORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S CHOO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    CLEVELAND 7 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T HAFNER (.288, 1-FOR-1, BB, HR, RBI)

    Athletics 3, Indians 7  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 3 8:37 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ASDRUBAL CABRERA SCORED BEN FRANCISCO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CABRERA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    CLEVELAND 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.223, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Athletics 3, Indians 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 3 8:30 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACK CUST SCORED JASON GIAMBI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CUST ON FIRST, K SUZUKI ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    CLEVELAND 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R SWEENEY (.268, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 3, Indians 4  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 3 8:17 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY BOBBY CROSBY ALLOWED GRADY SIZEMORE AND SHIN-SOO
    CHOO TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON FIRST, T HAFNER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    CLEVELAND 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: R GARKO (.264, 1-FOR-1)

    Athletics 2, Indians 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 3 8:06 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SHIN-SOO CHOO SCORED BEN FRANCISCO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S CHOO ON FIRST, G SIZEMORE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    CLEVELAND 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T HAFNER (.288, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Athletics 2, Indians 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 3 8:01 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TRAVIS HAFNER (9) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 2ND OFF TREVOR CAHILL.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2, CLEVELAND 1
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.258, 4 HR, 33 RBI)

    Athletics 2, Indians 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 3 7:32 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NOMAR GARCIAPARRA SCORED KURT SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N GARCIAPARRA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.225, 14 HR, 41 RBI)

    Athletics 2, Indians 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 3 7:21 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 1 1 1 0
    CLEVELAND 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - TREVOR CAHILL
    CLE - DAVID HUFF

    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: A CABRERA (.307, 2 HR, 30 RBI)
    G SIZEMORE (.219, 10 HR, 40 RBI)
    V MARTINEZ (.313, 14 HR, 57 RBI

    Athletics 1, Indians 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 3 7:09 PM