Interleague play gave some Cleveland fans a chance to see the Indians in person and gave Dave Burba an opportunity to get some revenge on the Reds.
Burba got even with the team that traded him on the eve of opening day by hitting a two-run homer - the first by an Indians pitcher in 26 years - as Cleveland defeated Cincinnati 6-1."What a day!" Burba said. "The main thing I wanted to do was just win. It wasn't an `I'll show you' type thing."
He did that and more. In the fifth inning, he put the Indians ahead to stay by hitting his third career homer in the fifth inning off Scott Klingenbeck (0-1). It was the first homer by a Cleveland pitcher since Steve Dun-ning connected against Detroit's Mickey Lolich on Sept. 19, 1972.
Burba (8-4) won his fifth consecutive start by allowing eight hits in 61/3 innings.
Tens of thousands of Indians fans made the trip to southern Ohio for the weekend series, bringing a playoff atmosphere to Cinergy Field. Attendance for the three-game series was 144,917, Cincinnati's best since a series against Los Angeles in September 1974.
"You have sellouts three days in a row and you want to take it up a notch and put on a good show for the fans," Burba said. "It might not be as big of a deal for the players, but it is for the fans. They want the Ohio trophy or whatever."
The Indians improved to a season-high 13 games over .500 (37-24) with their 10th victory in 13 games.
Reds players called a team meeting that went for 45 minutes after they lost for the fifth time in six games to fall a season-low seven games under .500 (28-35).
BRAVES 9, ORIOLES 0: At Baltimore, Greg Maddux (9-2) pitched a four-hitter to blank the Orioles, who had gone a major league-best 128 games without being shut out.
YANKEES 4, MARLINS 1: At New York, David Cone, who missed his last start when he was bitten on the hand by his mother's dog, pitched a two-hitter and struck out a season-high 14.
PADRES 17, RANGERS 8: At Arlington, Texas, Steve Finley matched his career-high with five RBIs and San Diego scored 11 runs over the final two innings against Texas' bullpen.
CUBS 13, WHITE SOX 7: At Chicago, Sammy Sosa and Jose Hernandez each hit three-run homers and had five RBIs as the Cubs won their ninth straight, their longest winning streak in the '90s.
TWINS 3, PIRATES 2: At Pittsburgh, Matt Lawton's go-ahead pinch-hit single in the seventh inning ended the seven-game winning streaks of both Jason Schmidt (8-2) and the Pirates.
BLUE JAYS 3, PHILLIES 1: At Toronto, Chris Carpenter (2-2) got his first win since joining the starting rotation, and Carlos Delgado barreled over Philadelphia catcher Mike Lieberthal to score Toronto's go-ahead run.
DEVIL RAYS 4, EXPOS 3: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Mike Kelly scored from first when Montreal threw the ball all over Tropicana Field in the bottom of the 11th.
TIGERS 4, BREWERS 1: At Milwaukee, Justin Thompson (4-6) pitched a career-best three-hitter and Bobby Higginson and Tony Clark homered for Detroit.
ASTROS 7, ROYALS 1: At Houston, Shane Reynolds (7-3) pitched an eight-hitter and Jeff Bagwell had three extra-base hits for Houston.
DODGERS 7, MARINERS 4: At Seattle, Gary Sheffield and Eric Karros each hit home runs and Darren Dreifort (4-5) won for the fourth time in five games.
DIAMONDBACKS 12, ATHLETICS 4: At Oakland, Calif., Devon White went 4-for-6 with a three-run homer and Yamil Benitez added a solo shot as Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak.
RED SOX 5, METS 0: At Boston, Steve Avery (3-1) had his best start in two seasons with Boston, pitching seven shutout innings.
ANGELS 6, ROCKIES 5: At Anaheim, Calif., Jim Edmonds scored from third on a wild pitch to end a crazy ninth inning as Anaheim won its eighth straight.
GIANTS 6, CARDINALS 5: At St. Louis, Brian Johnson and Jeff Kent each homered as San Francisco overcome a four-run deficit to win its ninth straight.
Mark McGwire went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks.