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LOS ANGELES Joe Borowski got his first victory of the season as a result of his third blown save. Cliff Lee had only a no-decision to show for another Cy Young-type outing.
Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run double with two out in the 10th inning after the Cleveland bullpen squandered a four-run lead for Lee, and the Indians beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Friday night in their first regular-season meeting at Chavez Ravine.
"Fortunately, we were able to win the game, but Cliff deserved better than that," Borowski said.
Cleveland loaded the bases with none out against closer Takashi Saito (3-3). The Dodgers pulled the infield in, and Franklin Gutierrez grounded into a 6-2-5 double play started by shortstop Angel Berroa. But Peralta drove an 0-1 pitch over the head of right fielder Andre Ethier, who fell down on the play as Jamey Carroll and Ben Francisco scored.
"These guys have always been fighters, and it's never been more evident than it was tonight. "Our guys work hard to stay on an even keel and keep our chins up. And that's what they did," manager Eric Wedge said.
Borowski (1-2) came on in the ninth with a 4-2 lead. The right-hander, who led the AL with 45 saves last season despite a 5.07 ERA, gave up a single to Berroa and a double by Russell Martin to open the inning.
One out later, Juan Pierre drove in Berroa with a grounder off Borowski's right ankle. Pierre stole second while catcher Kelly Shoppach kept an eye on Martin at third, and Matt Kemp was walked intentionally.
"There was really one pitch in that whole inning that I'd take back, and that's the one to Martin," Borowski said. "I missed my spot and he hit a double. I made my pitch to Berroa and he stuck his bat out, so there's nothing you can do. Pierre hit a one-hopper and if I had any type of athletic ability, I could have fielded my position and gotten him."
Jeff Kent delivered the tying run with a groundout to shortstop. But Andy LaRoche flied out to center after an intentional walk to James Loney reloaded the bases.
Masahide Kobayashi got three outs for his fourth save in six chances.
"It was very frustrating," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "But I was very pleased with the fight we showed, coming back especially when we were dominated most of the game."
Lee, looking to become the AL's first 11-game winner, was charged with a run and six hits over 7 1-3 innings. The left-hander lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.45 and stranded four runners at third base.
"I try to stay out of those situations. But when it happens, that's when you've got to bear down," Lee said. "In all of those situations, there were two outs. That's when you've got to really make pitches when you've got guys in scoring position. And I felt like I did a pretty good job of that."
Lee departed after giving up a one-out single to Kemp in the eighth. Kemp came all the way around to score when Kent greeted Rafael Betancourt with a double that grazed the glove of center fielder Grady Sizemore as he sprinted back and attempted a diving catch. Rafael Perez came on and gave up an RBI single by Loney that scored Kent.
The Indians snapped a seven-game road losing streak against NL clubs and have now beaten all 30 teams in the regular season.
Dodgers rookie Clayton Kershaw was charged with four runs and four hits over five-plus innings in his sixth major league start. He struck out five and walked three. The 20-year-old left-hander was lifted after walking his first two batters in the sixth.
Scott Proctor relieved Kershaw, and struck out his first two batters before giving up an RBI single to Peralta that extended Cleveland's margin to 4-0.
Shoppach, getting a chance to catch regularly with Victor Martinez on the disabled list, drove a pitch into the left-field pavilion in the third inning for his fifth home run and a 2-0 lead.
Shin-soo Choo walked in the fourth inning and scored all the way from first on a double to left-center by Casey Blake.
The only other time the Dodgers and Indians have met during the regular season was June 13-15, 2003, when Los Angeles swept the three-game series.
These storied franchises also faced each other in the 1920 World Series, when the Dodgers were known as Brooklyn Robins. The Indians beat Brooklyn five games to two in that Fall Classic, as Cleveland second baseman Bill Wambsganss pulled off the only unassisted triple play in World Series history during Game 5.<
Notes:@ The Indians played two exhibition games at Dodger Stadium in 2002, losing both. They also played a pair of exhibition games here against the Dodgers on Apr. 9-10, 1966. Cleveland played 36 times at Chavez Ravine against the Los Angeles Angels between 1962 and 1965, going 17-19. ... The most recent connection between the Indians and Dodgers occurred on April 4, 2004, when Milton Bradley was dealt from Cleveland to Los Angeles on the eve of the season opener. The trade took place four days after Wedge pulled Bradley from an exhibition game for failing to run out a pop fly that landed safely. Bradley was barred from Indians camp the next day and demoted to the minors.