Indians 3, Angels 2, 13 innings, 1st game

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CLEVELAND (AP)—The odds were stacked against Ryan Ludwick. So was Anaheim’s infield.

Ludwick singled over a five-man infield with one out in the 13th inning Saturday, giving the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 win over the Angels in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Ludwick came to the plate in an 0-for-10 slump—seven strikeouts—before hitting his single to left-center and scoring Jhonny Peralta from third as the Indians beat the Angels for the first time in seven games this season.

“I didn’t even realize they did that,” Ludwick said of the Angels in the infield.

Cleveland also ended a seven-game losing streak against Anaheim at Jacobs Field. The Indians, just 6-16 since the All-Star break, hadn’t beaten the Angels at the Jake since Aug. 18, 2001.

Peralta opened the 13th with a slow roller off Ben Weber (2-1) that he beat out for an infield single and was given second when third baseman Alfredo Amezaga’s throw skipped into the stands.

John McDonald sacrificed before Angels manager Mike Scioscia pulled out all the stops to keep it tied.

First, he brought left fielder Robb Quinlan in to play first and moved Scott Spiezio over to second. He then moved three infielders to the left side, leaving only outfielders in center and left.

“We’ve done it a bunch of times,” Scioscia said.

He then had Weber intentionally walk Coco Crisp and Jody Gerut to load the bases and face Ludwick, who guessed the Angels would give him a chance to win it.

“They struck me out four times last night, so I wasn’t surprised,” he said. “I choked up on the bat and told myself I’m not going to strike out. Even if I broke the bat, I was going to put the ball in play.”

Jack Cressend (1-0) pitched two innings for his first win since Oct. 6., 2001, for Minnesota.

“I was in the restroom when I heard that on the radio,” said Cressend, who has battled back from season-ending shoulder surgery in 2002. “I was like, ‘Damn, it had been awhile’.”

Indians starter Brian Anderson pitched seven shutout innings, and then turned things over to Cleveland’s bullpen and combustible closer Danys Baez, who couldn’t protect a 2-0 lead in the ninth and blew his seventh save.

Garret Anderson, who hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Friday night as the Angels rallied for a 5-2 win, singled and scored on Spiezio’s double.

Baez’s wild pitch moved Spiezio to third and he scored on catcher Tim Laker’s passed ball to tie it 2-2.

Indians manager Eric Wedge said he’s going to stick with Baez.

“Obviously, he needs to do a better job,” Wedge said. “He’s had his struggles but he has to keep pushing forward. He has the stuff to do it.”

Anderson deserved a better fate after allowing five hits, walking one and striking out seven. The left-hander has given up three or fewer runs in 17 of his 22 starts, and this was the fourth time he has left with a lead only to get a loss or no-decision.

Angels rookie Kevin Gregg blanked the Indians for five innings in his major league debut. The 25-year-old right-hander gave up one run and four hits in six innings, and was sent back to Triple-A Salt Lake immediately afterward.

“I looked at this as an opportunity to get my foot in the door and show them what I can do,” Gregg said.

In the night game, Anaheim’s Scot Shields will face Cleveland rookie Jason Stanford.

Gregg, who pitched 27 1-3 scoreless innings at Salt Lake earlier this month, showed the poise of a 10-year veteran while limiting the Indians two hitsthrough five.


Between games, the Angels placed OF Darin Erstad on the 15-day disabled list tendinitis in his right hamstring. OF-INF Chone Figgins was recalled from Salt Lake. … To take Gregg’s spot, Anaheim recalled RHP Bart Miadich. … The Angels dropped to 0-4 in extra innings. … Baez hasn’t been the only culprit in Cleveland’s bullpen. The Indians are 25-for-44 in save opportunities. … Indians OF Milton Bradley left with a stiff back after grounding out to third to end the 11th. He went 0-for-5. … The Indians recalled C Josh Bard from Triple-A Buffalo to catch the second game. The move was necessary after rookie Victor Martinez badly sprained his right ankle on the basepaths in the eighth inning Friday night. Martinez was placed on the 15-day disabled list between games. … The Angels have four rookies on their 25-man roster, compared to 13for the Indians.

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