Aaron Boone, right, greets Grady Sizemore.
Aaron Boone hit two of Cleveland's four solo homers as the Indians defeated the San Diego Padres, 6-1, Wednesday night. Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore also hit homers while Scott Elarton won a road start for the first time since 2001.
Boone (.183) and Sizemore (.291) both went 3-for-4 and Elarton (3-2) gave up only one run over six innings for the Indians.
Elarton won for the first time in 30 road starts since May 6, 2001, a victory at Montreal when he was a member of the Houston Astros. The right-hander was 0-13 on the road since.
Sizemore scored three runs. He opened the game with a triple an scored on a wild pitch. He hit his fifth homer leading off the third inning and opened the fifth with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Coco Crisp. Needing a double to become the eighth Indians player in history to hit for the cycle, Sizemore struck out in the seventh.
Boone opened the second inning with his fifth homer, singled and stole second before being thrown out trying to steal third in the sixth, and homered again leading off the ninth.
Hafner hit his seventh homer with two outs in the third.
Meanwhile, Elarton was sharp. He gave up a solo homer to Ryan Klesko, his 11th, in the fourth inning and scattered three other hits without issuing a walk and striking out three.
Matt Miller, Scott Sauerbeck and Bob Howry combined to pitch the final three scoreless innings.
CLASS AAA BUFFALO (36-24) lost at Syracuse, 3-1 and had its lead in the Northern Division of the International League trimmed to 4 1/2 games. Jeff Liefer (.286) went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer. Kazuhito Tadano (2-2, 4.21 ERA) allowed two runs, both homers, over six innings. He gave up three hits, no walks and struck out three. Kenny Rayborn (4.89 ERA) allowed one run over two innings, striking out three.
CLASS AA AKRON (33-24) opened a two-game lead in the Southern Division of the Eastern League with a wild 17-13 victory over visiting New Hampshire. The hitting stars were many for the Aeros. Ben Francisco (.302) drove in four runs and went 2-for-5, Jason Cooper (.249) went 4-for-6 with two runs and two RBI and Shaun Larkin (.243) went 3-for-4 with four runs and two RBI. Jose Morban (.248) hit his sixth homer, drove in three runs and went 2-for-5. Jonathan Van Every (.239) hit his 10th homer and went 2-for-5, while Ivan Ochoa (.244) went 3-for-4. Fausto Carmona (5-4, 4.23 ERA) gave up 12 hits and eight runs over five innings, but was the winner.
CLASS A KINSTON (33-27) had its lead in the Southern Division of the Carolina League trimmed to one game over Winston-Salem as the K-Tribe was shut out at Wilmington, 5-0. Nate Panther (.277) had two of Kinston's four hits. Mariano Gomez (2-1, 2.55 ERA) gave up three runs over 2 2/3 innings, though only one of the runs was earned. Tom Mastny (3.38 ERA) pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings and Matt Davis (5.97 ERA) gave up two runs over one inning.
CLASS A LAKE COUNTY (34-26) dropped three games back in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League with a 6-5 loss at first-place Hagerstown. Kyle Collins (2-4, 2.12 ERA) worked a scoreless eighth in a tie game, got the first out in the ninth, but gave up a single and RBI double and was the loser. Cody Bunkelman (5.40 ERA) made his debut for Lake County, allowing three runs over five innings. He gave up six hits and one walk, striking out four. Chris Niesel (4.45 ERA) allowed two runs over two innings. Argenis Reyes (.322) continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-3. Chris Gimenez (.218) and Juan Valdes (.225) each had two of the Captains' eight hits.