ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Jarrod Washburn had to wait until his 104th start for his first complete-game victory in the major leagues. It took only 2 hours, 1 minute to finish.
Washburn struck out five and walked two. The left-hander finished the ninth inning with runners on second and third, and Troy Percival warming up in the bullpen.
“He’s never really said much about it, except for those games where he comes close—when he comes in and says, `I almost got it. I almost got it.’ But he’s always been team-oriented, and he’s never had any problem handing the ball to me in the ninth, or anybody else,” Percival said. “But it’s nice for him to get a chance to go out there in the ninth and do that.”
“I’ve been playing long enough to know when I will be done or not,” said Washburn, who threw 70 of 106 pitches for strikes. “I know if I would have walked Gerut, I would have been done. I know if there was one more hit, I would have been done. So I knew I had to get it done and that I had to make pitches. I was a little tired, but I felt like I could get it done.”
Washburn beat Cleveland for the second time in seven days. At Jacobs Field, he was five outs away from a complete-game win when Matt Lawton hit a two-run homer. Both of Washburn’s other complete games have been losses, and he pitched eight innings each time.
“It feels awful good to come off that field after the last out and finish something I started—and be on the winning side,” Washburn said with a grin. “It’s your goal every time out to throw a shutout. I still haven’t done that.”
The shutout bid ended with Washburn’s third batter, as Burks drove a 1-1 pitch to right-center and barely cleared the 18-foot wall for his 350th career homer.
But Rodriguez walked Tim Salmon with two outs in the bottom of the first before Anderson sent a 2-2 pitch just inside the right-field pole for his fourth home run.
Anaheim and Cleveland played the first five innings in a brisk 1 hour, 6 minutes—31 years to the day that the Angels played the shortest nine-inning game in club history (1:31).
But it wasn’t even the fastest game played Tuesday night. The Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox finished in 1:49, with Mark Mulder and Mark Buehrle pitching. On Sunday afternoon, the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh in 1:55.
“It starts with pitching,” Angels shortstop David Eckstein said. “When you’ve got two quality pitchers who work quick and throw a lot of strikes, the games are going to be a lot shorter. And the umpires are going to keep the game going, too. Those games are fun to play in.”
“I felt good, but I got in trouble in the first inning. After that, I was pitching the way I was supposed to and I went after the hitters,” Rodriguez said. “But then in the seventh, I made two mistakes. I walked the leadoff guy and then I made a mistake with Molina.”
Kennedy made it 6-1 in the eighth, driving a 2-0 pitch from Jason Boyd into the right-field seats for his first homer since the three he hit in theclinching game of the ALCS.
Angels CF Darin Erstad, on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right hamstring, is showing progress with the injury. Dr. Lewis Yocum, who examined Erstad before the game, gave no timetable regarding his return. … The last four batters in the Cleveland lineup—Bard, Gerut, Blake and Brandon Phillips—entered this season with a combined 84 games of major leagueexperience.