Indians down Braves in finale
Atlanta rallies in extras, but Cleveland gets official win
ATLANTA -- Coco Crisp and the Indians made the most of their opportunity to end the exhibition season in a positive manner. Meanwhile, Tim Hudson is hoping there will be plenty of better days ahead in Atlanta.
Crisp and the Indians jumped on Hudson early and maintained a lead throughout their 9-5 win over the Braves at Turner Field. In order to get some pitchers some necessary work, the clubs agreed to play 11 innings in what was the exhibition season finale for both.
Crisp, who entered the game with an American League-leading 10 doubles, keyed a three-run second inning with a two-run single. The speedy left fielder also doubled and scored on a Victor Martinez single in the first inning.
Aaron Boone's fourth-inning two-run homer further soured Hudson's day. The Braves right-hander allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in four innings. He registered four strikeouts and issued three walks.
Indians starter Cliff Lee allowed five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits in five innings. He was lifted in the sixth inning after a Wilson Betemit leadoff homer.
Andruw Jones continued his impressive spring production with a two-hit performance. The Braves center fielder, who hit .422 with 10 homers this spring, had an RBI double in a three-run third inning against Lee.
By the time the 11 innings had been completed, the Braves had taken an 11-9 lead. But Adam LaRoche's three-run homer, or the fact that Scott Sauerbeck hit two batters with the bases loaded in Atlanta's six-run 10th inning, aren't recognized in the official stats.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.