Anderson, O's gun down Tribe

By Tom Withers Associated Press Published:

CLEVELAND _ Officially, the double play was scored 9, 9-2. But Brady Anderson certainly wasn't anywhere near right field when it happened.

Anderson shifted from right to left-center when Baltimore did everything it could to avoid losing and threw out Ellis Burks to end the 10th inning, and the Orioles won 4-2 on Fernando Lunar's disputed two-run double in the 11th.

"I got the assist from right field?" Anderson said. "Huh. I'm really fast. I threw him out from left. ... It feels great to save a game."

Anderson's sensational play gave the Orioles some momentum going into the 11th and they won their second extra-inning game this season after Lunar's grounder to first hopped over the bag in fair territory before landing foul.

"That was big double by Lunar," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "It couldn't have been closer to being foul than it was."

Just as Lunar's hard grounder off Steve Reed (0-1) bounced over the base, umpire Brian O'Nora immediately ruled it was fair, although TV replays showed it kick up dirt in foul territory after crossing the bag.

Jay Gibbons and Melvin Mora both scored on the play before Indians manager Charlie Manuel came out to complain about fan interference in the corner. However, after consulting with the rest of his crew, O'Nora's call stood.

"I knew it was close," Manuel said. "I couldn't tell from where I was at."

In the 10th, Anderson was a step ahead of Hargrove and shifted himself into left-center when the Indians loaded the bases with one out.

As Hargrove brought in left fielder Delino DeShields as an extra infielder, Anderson said he asked center fielder Melvin Mora where he wanted to play before moving into left-center.

"I just couldn't picture myself in a two-man outfield on that (right) side," Anderson said. "I guess it's a messed up left-hander's thing."

With the Orioles' defensive shift finally set, pinch-hitter Jolbert Cabrera hit a fly to medium left that initially appeared deep enough to score Burks from third.

Anderson, though had other ideas.

After getting a good jump on the ball, he circled around to catch it and fired a strike to the plate to get Burks, who couldn't knock the ball away from Lunar with a hard slide.

"Brady had to make a perfect throw and he did," said Burks who went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. "He (Lunar) had already caught it and tucked it before I started sliding. Great play."

Mike Trombley (1-0) benefited from the unusual double play to get the win. Ryan Kohlmeier put the tying runs on in the 11th before striking out Burks for his first save.

Lunar's double pushed across the first two runs against Cleveland's bullpen in 9 1-3 innings this season. It also gave the Orioles another dramatic early-season win.

"With a young team searching for identity, this win gives us some confidence," Hargrove said. "It does wonders for confidence."

For the second straight outing, Orioles starter Pat Hentgen pitched well enough to win but got another no-decision. After facing Pedro Martinez in the season opener, Hentgen dueled Bartolo Colon for eight innings and again came away 0-0.

The right-hander retired 15 of 17 in one stretch, allowing only singles to Burks in the fourth and seventh. Hentgen gave up two runs and six hits, walked none and struck out four.

"He was on his 'A' game today," Burks said.

The Orioles had the leadoff man on five times in the first seven innings off Colon, but the Indians turned three double plays _ one started on a nice stab by Cleveland's starter not known for his fielding _ to get out of jams.

Colon gave up two runs and seven hits in eight innings.

The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the second when Juan Gonzalez singled and Burks hit his first homer in the AL since 1993.

The Orioles tied it 2-2 in the third on a bloop RBI single by DeShields and Jeff Conine's run-scoring single.

Notes: Baltimore's relievers have a streak of 9 1-3 scoreless innings. ... Burks, who has to ice his surgically reconstructed knees before and after games, recorded Cleveland's first steal by swiping second in the seventh. ... Indians rookie LHP C.C. Sabathia will make his major league debut Sunday. Sabathia, 20, has never pitched above Double-A. ... Baltimore's Jay Gibbons got his first major league hit in the second off Colon and went 2-for-4.

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