Winning By Two Touchdowns
John McDonald, top, and Jake Westbrook. John McDonald, top, and Jake Westbrook.
John McDonald, top, and Jake Westbrook.
Indians Ink
Posted Jun 14, 2004

When John McDonald has as many hits in a game as Jake Westbrook gives up, chances are both are having an exceptional day.

McDonald went 4-for-4 and Westbrook pitched a four-hitter for his first career shutout as the Indians blasted the Baltimore Orioles, 14-0, Monday at Jacobs Field.

Cleveland moved within one game of .500 at 30-31 with its eighth victory in 10 games.

The Indians now play 16 of their next 19 on the road, however.

Baltimore lost for the sixth time in nine contests in the makeup of a game rained out May 2 and the Orioles appeared as if they wanted no part of it.

"What am I going to say to them?" said Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli. "They must be frustrated. I hope they are after a game like that."

McDonald knows frustration. When he stepped into the batter's box for the first time Monday against Orioles starter Eric DuBose, the scoreboard showed a batting average of .107 for the utility infielder.

"I don't want to see that I'm barely hitting .100 and if I get a hit, I might be hitting .120," said McDonald, who started at shortstop in place of Omar Vizquel. "That's not a good thing to look at." McDonald not only gave the veteran Vizquel a day off, he raised his average to .219 with the first four-hit game of his big-legue career.

Westbrook (6-2) got a career first, too, his initial shutout in 43 career starts.

"It means a lot," the right-hander said. "Any first you get in the majors is pretty special. It's very, very nice."

Westbrook struck out four and walked two as he won for the third time in four starts since May 22. He lowered his ERA to 2.70 -- best among American League starting pitchers.

The Indians gave Westbrook plenty of room to work by scoring seven runs in the third inning and six more in the fifth.

Casey Blake drove in three runs, while Coco Crisp, Lou Merloni, Jody Gerut and Tim Laker each had two RBIs. The Indians totaled eight doubles -- two by Merloni -- and drew nine walks off four Orioles pitchers.

The Tribe's Victor Martinez, who missed three games with a sprained right foot, started at DH. He hit a second-inning double to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

All of the runs in the seven-run third, Cleveland's largest inning of the season, came with two outs. Blake had a two-run single, Merloni and Laker two-run doubles and McDonald an RBI hit.

They added six more in the fifth off reliever Rick Bauer. Gerut hit a two-run double, Crisp a two-run single, Ronnie Belliard added an RBI double and Travis Hafner capped the rally with a pinch-hit RBI single.

"Everything I threw got hit," Bauer said. "I just stink."

TRIBE TIDBITS: Manager Eric Wedge said he expects Martinez to catch Tuesday night when the Indians return to interleague play in New York against the Mets. ... Cleveland is expected to option C Sandy Martinez to Class AAA Buffalo on Tuesday. OFs Raul Gonazlez, Mark Little or Russell Branyan could be recalled.

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