Angels 5, Indians 2

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CLEVELAND (AP)—For one of the rare times this season, the Anaheim Angels found some late-inning magic. And there wasn’t a rally monkey within miles.

Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth Friday night, ending rookie Jason Davis’ shutout bid and leading the Anaheim Angels to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Davis (7-9) was one out from blanking Anaheim—and giving Cleveland consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1991—when Anderson drove his first pitch over the wall in center.

“We’ve been taking our lumps all year,” Anderson said. “It’s nice to finally do something like this. Those opportunities haven’t been there that much.”

The defending World Series champions, now 3-57 when trailing after eight innings, snapped a five-game losing streak and won for just the third time in 14 games.

Anderson’s shot was reminiscent of so many Anaheim comebacks last season, many at home aided by the Rally Monkey—their video mascot—when the Angels rallied for improbable wins.

Jarrod Washburn (9-11) was on his way to a tough loss when the Angels rallied in the ninth off Davis, who had escaped trouble in the seventh and eighth.

David Eckstein singled with one out and after Davis walked Jeff DaVanon, Indians manager Eric Wedge visited his right-hander with Tim Salmon coming up.

Wedge got a loud ovation from the Jacobs Field crowd when decided to leave Davis in with a 1-0 lead, and the strategy looked sound when he got Salmon to hit into a forceout.

“Being a catcher, I’m going to look in his eyes and see what I’ve got,” said Wedge, in his first season with Cleveland. “He deserved the opportunity to finish that one off.”

Instead, it was Anderson who finished Davis off by hitting his 26th homer.

Washburn was icing his arm on the Angels’ bench when Anderson connected, and when the outfielder got back to the bench the left-hander was waiting for him.

“I said, ‘Thank you,”’ Washburn said. “But why couldn’t you have done that in the fourth inning to take a little pressure off?”

The Angels added two more runs in the inning on an RBI double by Robb Quinlan and Adam Kennedy’s run-scoring single.

Washburn allowed one run and three hits in eight innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Davis, now winless since June 29—a span of seven starts, walked one and struck out four.

“Anytime you lose, it’s tough,” Davis said. “But getting beat in the ninth with two outs, is the hardest way. He hit a grand slam off me earlier this year, and a three-run jack tonight. Sometimes you learn the hard way.”

Coco Crisp homered for the second straight game for the Indians, who dropped to 0-6 this season vs. the Angels.

Travis Hafner, who homered twice in Cleveland’s series against Seattle when the Indians took two of three from the AL West-leading Mariners, gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI single that for eight innings looked as if it might stand up.

Davis dominated the Angels over the first five innings. After DaVanon’s one-out single in the first, the right-hander retired 13 straight beforeKennedy beat out a bunt single to open the sixth.


Following the game, the Angels designated infielder Benji Gil for assignment. He was batting just .192 with one homer and nine RBIs in 62 games. “It was tough,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It wouldn’t be bad for him to go down and gets some at-bats. We know Benji is better than how he has been playing.” … British Open champion Ben Curtis threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Ostrander, Ohio, native recalled that on his previous visit to Jacobs Field he didn’t have great seats. “We were in the nosebleeds,” he said. … Martinez sprained his right ankle on the basepaths in the eighth and was helped off. Tim Laker replaced him in the ninth. … The Angels are 11-1 vs. the AL Central. … Angels OF Darin Erstad underwent another MRI on Friday which revealed a strained tendon behind his right knee, an injury that forced him to miss 42 games earlier this season. Erstad aggravated it Wednesday night in Boston and sat out Friday. … Angels rookie RHP Kevin Gregg will make his major league debut Saturday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. …Anderson has 15 RBIs against the Indians in 2003.

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