Indians survive ninth inning scare

What started as a blowout in favor of the Indians turned out to be a near disaster as they hung on to beat the White Sox 10-8 Sunday night. The Indians shelled Sox starter Freddy Garcia for eight runs in 5 2/3 innings. Victor Martinez continues to be on a tear, homering for the second straight game. Ronnie Belliard also hit one of the Tribe’s four homers in the ballgame and added four RBIs. However, the tide would quickly turn as the Sox made it extremely interesting in the bottom of the ninth. They scored six in the inning off Jason Davis and Rafael Betancourt, although only three were earned thanks to Ramon Vazquez’s fielding error. Vazquez did not have the greatest of nights defensively, totalling three errors in the game. The Sox were able to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth but Bob Wickman came on to finally put the game away.

Victor’s bat finally starting to get hot after a rough month of May. Through nine games in June, Martinez is batting .400 with five home runs. As far as Vazquez is concerned, with each strikeout and error, the Indians are looking more and more foolish for keeping him instead of Phillips.

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