Angels 10, Indians 5

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CLEVELAND (AP)—Troy Glaus gave the Anaheim Angels just what they needed to help break a three-game losing streak.

Glaus homered for the first time since May 11, and Garret Anderson and Bengie Molina also hit home runs to power Anaheim past the Cleveland Indians 10-5 Friday night.

“He will give us a lift,” Scioscia said of Glaus, who missed three and a half months after surgery on his right shoulder. “He gives us a much deeper lineup—so many bats who can drive the ball.”

Glaus hit his 12th home run on the first pitch of the sixth inning. He is 5-for-19 (.263) in five games since returning to the lineup.

“It was nice, but there is always work to be done,” said Glaus. “I’ll take it, but was not anything special.”

Anderson homered in the fifth and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Angels, who won for the 11th time in 15 games. Cleveland has lost 14 of 18.

Anaheim remained four games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West and 4 1/2 games behind Boston in the wild-card race.

Kelvim Escobar (9-9) pitched 6 2-3 innings, giving up four runs and eight hits to improve to 4-1 in his last six starts. He walked four and struck out two.

Molina hit a three-run homer in the fourth when Anaheim finally broke through against Scott Elarton (3-4).

“I’m very happy,” said Molina. “It was good to come in here and get a win.”

The Angels put their first two batters aboard three times in the opening four innings. Elarton got out of two-on, none-out jams in the first and third, but could not do it a third time.

Anderson and Jose Guillen opened the fourth with singles. After right fielder Jody Gerut robbed Vladimir Guerrero of an extra-base hit, Molina lined a 1-1 pitch to left for his 10th homer and a 3-0 lead.

“What hurt more than the homers were the 0-2 pitches to Anderson and Guillen,” Elarton said.

Cleveland also failed twice to convert two-on, none-out situations in the first four innings.

“We’ve been scattering our hits,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “We’ve got to do a better job with guys on base.”

Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer in the sixth, his 25th, to make it 6-2 and give him 101 RBIs. He went 2-for-4 and is hitting .636 (14-for-22) with seven homers and 16 RBIs against Anaheim this year.

Anderson had an RBI single off reliever Cliff Bartosh, and another run scored on a double play to make it 8-2 in the seventh.

After Escobar left with two outs and two on in the seventh, Brendan Donnelly gave up a two-run double to Matt Lawton and an RBI single to Victor Martinez.

“This was one of those games where I didn’t have my best stuff,” said Escobar. “They key was getting out of those innings early.”

Elarton, who began the season 0-6 at Colorado, fell to 3-10 overall. He pitched his first career shutout Sunday against the Chicago White Sox, but gave up six runs and 10 hits over six innings in his first career appearance against Anaheim. He struck out four without a walk.

“I made a handful of mistakes,” the right-hander said. “It really is disappointing because I did have good stuff.”

Rafael Betancourt balked home a run in the ninth and Jeff DaVanon followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 10-5.


Scioscia said that Guillen, who was replaced by DaVanon in the seventh, could miss some time because of carpal tunnel syndrome in his right wrist. “He’s had it for awhile and we’ll see how he is tomorrow,” said Scioscia. … Molina went 3-for-4 to break out of a 2-for-17 slump. … Anderson has 14 RBIs over his last nine games. … Angels 1B Darin Erstad went 2-for-3 and is batting .396 (21-for-53) during a 12-game hitting streak. … Escobar is 5-1 with three saves in his career against Cleveland. … Martinez went 2-for-5 and is batting .371 (13-for-35) over a nine-game hitting streak. … The Indians lead the season series 5-2.

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