Offense awakens as Indians avoid sweep

The Indians got some big offensive contributions from some unlikely sources in their 8-4 victory over the Yankees Thursday afternoon. The bottom of the order did most of the damage as Todd Hollandsworth hit his first home run of the season and had four RBI. Ronnie Belliard had four hits and the recently dormant Jhonny Peralta went 3 for 4 with two RBI. Nine of the Tribe’s 12 hits and seven of their runs came from the work of those three. Hollandsworth, in particular, will most likely see more playing time as a result of Casey Blake going on the DL with an oblique strain. Cliff Lee, who gave up three runs on three solo homers in 6 2/3 innings, got his fifth win of the season as Mike Mussina took the loss for the Yanks.

As Peralta said after the game, the important thing for him is being patient at the plate and staying back more on pitches.

“The key for me is staying back,” said Peralta, who was benched Sunday and Tuesday to work on his hitting. “That’s what [hitting coach Derek] Shelton has been telling me. ‘Stay back and let the pitchers throw the ball.’ I hit a good changeup.”

The Tribe will begin interleague play this weekend when they travel to Milwaukee to face the Brew Crew.

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