Angels 6, Indians 2

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CLEVELAND (AP)—Jarrod Washburn took a shutout into the eighth inning and Anaheim got two-run homers from Bengie Molina and Brad Fullmer on Wednesday night in a 6-2 win over the reeling Cleveland Indians.

Washburn (2-3) had little trouble with the Indians, who lost their eighth straight game with one of their poorest offensive performances in an April full of bad ones.

The left-hander gave up just two doubles and a single through seven innings and was five outs from his first career shutout when he allowed a one-out infield single to Omar Vizquel and Matt Lawton’s two-run homer.

Cleveland has lost eight in a row for the first time since 1990, and the team is off to its worst start since 1969. In its last seven games, the Indians are just 3-for-40 (.075) with runners in scoring.

Washburn gave the Angels their second straight strong outing by a starter. On Tuesday night, Ramon Ortiz pitched a seven-hitter in a 10-1 win.

Washburn was nearly as good, retiring 10 in a row before Vizquel reached by beating out a slow roller to second with a headfirst dive into first. Washburn allowed five hits, and Brendan Donnelly pitched a perfect ninth.

The Angels scored two runs in the second off Brian Anderson (2-3), who made national headlines over the weekend when he and teammate Carl Sadler apprehended a purse snatcher outside a restaurant in San Francisco.

The Indians’ dynamic duo chased down the thief, returned him to the restaurant and held him there until police arrived.

Indians manager Eric Wedge joked before the game that his club might need a similarly heroic outing from Anderson to stop their slide.

“We need an act of bravery out there tonight,” Wedge said.

Anderson was merely mortal, allowing a leadoff double in the second to Troy Glaus before Shawn Wooten followed with an RBI double. Eric Owens then brought in Wooten with a two-out single.

Anaheim doubled its lead in the fourth on Molina’s second homer this season. Glaus singled leading off, and with two outs, Molina connected on a 2-1 pitch.

Fullmer put the Angels up 6-0 in the sixth with a shot into the right-field stands.

Wooten reached on a two-out single, and Fullmer, given the green light on 3-0, drove Anderson’s pitch 421 feet for his fourth homer.

As has been the case most of this season, the Indians couldn’t get the clutch hit when they needed one most.

Cleveland had runners at second and third with one out in the second, but rookie Josh Bard swung at Washburn’s first pitch and grounded out to third.Brandon Phillips then left the bases loaded when he bounced out to second.

Notes

The Indians last lost nine straight in 1979. … Angels SS David Eckstein robbed Casey Blake of a hit with a diving catch to end the sixth. … Salmon pushed his hitting streak to 18 games with a double in the first. It was his 50th career hit—in 144 at-bats—at Jacobs Field and extended the majors’ longest current streak. … The 1969 Indians, featuring Sam McDowell, LuisTiant and others, went 62-99.



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