"I love the way they play," the Cleveland shortstop said after the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Indians Wednesday night on Jermaine Allensworth's RBI double in the 11th. "Everybody runs on that team, even the No. 4 hitter. They're on the move all the time."
The key to the winning rally against Jose Mesa (3-2) was Tony Womack's one-hop smash to Vizquel that took a bad hop and went into the outfield for a hit. Lou Collier, who had a one-out single, scored when Allensworth lined a double past third baseman Travis Fryman with the infield drawn in.
"It hit off my glove," said Fryman, who hit his 10th homer in the third and tied it at 3 with a two-run single in the ninth. "If I was playing back, I would have had it, but you have to play in with that situation."
Womack had three hits, two RBI and stole two bases. In the fifth, he tied it 1-1 with a ground single that made it to the outfield because Vizquel had gambled and scampered to second to attempt to pick off Aramis Ramirez, who singled.
Vizquel broke when Charles Nagy delivered to the plate and was supposed to get a snap-throw from Sandy Alomar. But the pitch never made it to the catcher.
"I took a chance, and I lost that time," said Vizquel, who had a 70-game errorless streak snapped earlier this season.
"Womack's sort of an offensive catalyst for us," said Pirates manager Gene Lamont.
NL fans might argue that Lamont was the offensive catalyst in this game.
"We played our game tonight, which is to put the runners in motion and make something happen," Lamont said.
Despite giving up Fryman's tying single in the ninth, Loaiza (4-3) pitched two innings for the victory. Rich Loiselle got three outs for his 12th save.
Pittsburgh won the last two games with NL-like efforts after getting bombarded 8-0 in the opener. The Pirates also might have squelched their road woes after coming into the series 8-17 away from Three Rivers Stadium.
"We know we're not going to outslug anybody," Womack said. "We have to manufacture runs as much as possible."
Leading 2-1 in the ninth, the Pirates added a run on Jason Kendall's RBI single off Mike Jackson _ who balked twice in the inning. The hit scored Womack, who had a one-out double.
Womack broke a 1-1 tie on an RBI groundout with a drawn-in infield in the seventh against Nagy, who allowed two runs and 10 hits in eight innings.
Jose Silva allowed one run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out four.
Cleveland's Jim Thome extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the sixth.
With Collier on first and Jose Guillen on third in the seventh, Womack broke a 1-1 tie with a sharp grounder to David Bell at second. Bell's throw to the plate wasn't in time to get the sliding Guillen.
Showing respect for Guillen's arm in right field, Cleveland third base coach Jeff Newman held Alomar at third on Bell's ground single with two outs in the Indians' seventh. Left-hander Jason Christiansen then got Lofton to ground to first baseman Young, who flipped to the pitcher to get a sliding Lofton.
Lofton, in a 13-for-70 slump, slammed his helmet on the ground and almost hit second baseman Womack in the head with it. It was the third time Lofton made an out to end a rally with runners on base.
Notes: Mark Smith hit a liner right past Nagy's right ear and shoulder with one out in the eighth. The ball didn't hit Nagy, but the frightened right-hander lay motionless on his hands and knees as the ball went into centerfield for a hit. ... Silva recorded Pittsburgh's 21st 1-2-3 first inning. The Pirates are 16-5 in those games. ... Womack's ninth-inning double gave the Pirates an extra-base hit in a season-high 24 straight games. ... Matt Luke, claimed on waivers from the Dodgers, made his Indians debut as a pinch hitter in the ninth. He lined out. ... After two games with high white socks and red stirrups, Lofton went back to red socks with long pants.