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Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2003 3:13 AM EDT
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4 18 2
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PITTSBURGH 5, CLEVELAND 4 (15 INNINGS)
 

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Randall Simon 's solo homer in the bottom of the 15th inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 triumph over the Cleveland Indians .

Simon belted a 1-0 pitch from reliever Danys Baez (0-5) over the center field wall as the Pirates recorded their fifth win in six games.

The first baseman homered for the first time in his last 14 games.

"There was no doubt that we were having to make a big battle," Simon said. "I knew everybody wanted to go home. I'm glad it was me that was able to get the run. I know he (Baez) likes to throw fastballs. You know he can get it up there at 96 miles per hour. I was just hoping I would hit it hard."

Salomon Torres (5-2) scattered six hits in four scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.

"This has to be one of the most exciting games I have played," Torres said. "Not even Hollywood could write a better script. I got a decision in three straight games. After the third inning I pitched, I almost told Mac (Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon ), 'I'm tired.' But I thought, 'We've got no one left. I've got to suck it up, do one more inning.'"

The game got underway 24 minutes late due to lightning and the contest was delayed 96 minutes by rain after the bottom of the ninth.

"Baseball is a funny game. Sometimes, you just don't know," McClendon said. "It was a (heck) of a game, both sides - fantastic plays, great pitching and not a lot of hitting. It's just nice to come out on the winning side of that."

Pittsburgh battled back from an early 3-0 deficit. There were two outs with a runner on second in the bottom of the third when Jason Kendall reached on an error by Cleveland starter Brian Tallet , advancing Jeff Reboulet to third.

Brian Giles took advantage, doubling home Reboulet to make it 3-1 and moving Kendall to third. Aramis Ramirez followed by launching a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall to put the Pirates in front, 4-3.

"I closed my glove early and it gave us a situation where it made us go 15 innings," Tallet said. "I thought I threw the ball well. For the most part, I was pleased with my performance."

After Milton Bradley walked in the eighth, he stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. Josh Bard singled him home and knotted the contest, 4-4.

"Our guys battled, they battled under some difficult situations," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "I was happy with the way we pitched. It was just a situation where neither team came up with a key hit. Anytime you play 15 innings, you're going to run out of players."

Cleveland moved runners into scoring position in five of the six extra innings.

There were two outs in the 11th when lefthander C.C. Sabathia pinch-hit for righthander Dan Miceli . Sabathia singled and was replaced by pinch runner Jason Davis - a pitcher.

Matt Lawton followed with a single, moving Davis to second. Brian Anderson - another pitcher - then ran for Davis, but Casey Blake grounded out to second to end the threat.

"In the 11th inning, we tried to create an opportunity for ourselves," Wedge said. "We just didn't get it done."


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