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Indians' Stanford collects first win in majors

TORONTO (AP) -- Beating Carlos Delgado and the Toronto Blue Jays
for his first major league win was extra special for Jason
Stanford.

Stanford pitched six scoreless innings in Cleveland's 2-1
victory on Friday night.

Stanford (1-0) and the Indians kept Delgado in check the night
after the Toronto slugger tied a major league record by hitting
four home runs against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Delgado entered with a chance to become the first player to
homer in five consecutive at-bats, but Stanford struck him out
swinging in the first inning. He finished 0-for-4.

"That was a great feat that he had, but that was yesterday.
Today is a different story," Stanford said. "I was looking to
shut down him and Vernon Wells. Those are their two big sticks. To
be able to do that, and do that with authority, was very nice."

Stanford, David Lee, Jack Cressend and David Riske combined on a
six-hitter. Bobby Kielty spoiled the shutout bid with a homer off
Riske in the ninth.

Stanford allowed five hits, striking out three and walking two.

"It feels really good to get my first major league win on my
last start of the season," he said. "I'm looking forward to
possibly earning a rotation spot."

It took Stanford eight starts to get his first win even though
he entered the game with a 4.09 ERA. He said he expected to get his
first earlier.

The 26-year-old left-hander got two balls, one for himself and
one for his parents.

"I told them that when I got my first 'W' in the big leagues I
would give it to them," he said.

His girlfriend and some friends drove up from Buffalo to watch
the game.

"One of them was my old boss from the deli. He didn't bring any
sandwiches, but the deli man showed up today," he said.

Riske pitched the ninth for his eighth save in 13 chances.

Cory Lidle (12-15) lost despite striking out a career-high 10.
Lidle, who is eligible for free agency this offseason, gave up two
runs on four hits in eight innings. The Blue Jays aren't expected
to re-sign him.

"It was kind of a rough season," said Lidle, who finished with
a 5.75 ERA. "It was frustrating. I was battling injuries in a
crucial part of the season. I'm glad that my last five starts were
different than the way I was throwing earlier in the season."

Lidle and Cliff Politte combined on a four-hitter.

"I proved to everyone here and to other teams that I can still
pitch," Lidle said.

Lidle walked Josh Bard and Travis Hafner before Jhonny Peralta
hit a two-out RBI double in the second.

Lidle walked Jody Gerut in the sixth before Bard hit an RBI
triple over the head of center fielder Wells. The ball hit off the
wall and rolled toward the infield. Bard, a catcher, slid into
third base, but he didn't even need to. It was his first career
triple.

Game notes
Cleveland's Alex Escobar will miss the final three games of
the season with a stiff neck. ... Lidle pitched a career-high 192
2-3 innings this season.