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Angels snap losing streak with long ball

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garret Anderson got the Angels' offense started, and light-hitting Josh Paul put Los Angeles ahead to stay.

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Anderson and Paul each hit two-run homers Tuesday night and the Angels ended their three-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

The Angels had scored a total of just two runs in their previous three games, including a 3-0 loss to the Indians a night earlier.

Anderson homered off C.C. Sabathia (2-2) in the first inning, and Paul broke a 2-all tie in the fifth with his first extra-base hit of the season.

"I think Garret got us going. For him to step up and hit that home run, I think we all just went, `Whew. OK, let's go back to work,"' Paul said.

Adam Kennedy's infield single with the bases loaded in the eighth gave the Angels just enough pad -- Coco Crisp led off the ninth with a homer off Los Angeles closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Vladimir Guerrero doubled and singled twice in Los Angeles' 11-hit attack.

"We had some missed signals on the bases, some of our game went by the wayside, but our hitting picked up," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Asked if Anderson's early two-run homer came at a good time, Scioscia smiled and said, "The way things were going, we'd take two anytime."

The Angels' Paul Byrd (3-3) gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. Scot Shields pitched two perfect innings, striking out the side in the eighth, and Rodriguez came on to earn his ninth save in 10 chances.

"The fact that our offense came alive is important," Byrd said. "When Josh Paul came up and hit a two-run homer, it was huge. He doesn't get a chance to play very much."

Sabathia allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.

"I was kind of all over the place early," Sabathia said. "I really couldn't spot the ball well and couldn't command the ball the way I wanted to, but I felt like I battled.

"I'm very encouraged by the way I handled the situation after giving up two runs in the first inning. Last year, or in years past, I probably wouldn't have made it out of the third inning."

In the Angels' fifth, Orlando Cabrera drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Paul, 2-for-17 coming into the game, came up two outs later and drove a 2-2 pitch from Sabathia over the wall in left-center.

Cleveland narrowed the gap to 4-3 in the sixth, when Crisp doubled with two outs and scored on Grady Sizemore's triple to right-center field.

Alex Cora had tied it at 2 in the top of the fifth on an RBI double down the left-field line that scored Jhonny Peralta, who had doubled and gone to third on Casey Blake's fly to deep left field.

Peralta hit a solo homer off Byrd in the third to pull the Indians within 2-1. The homer was his third.

Cleveland manager Eric Wedge is still looking for offensive consistency from the Indians.

"We hit the ball hard tonight and made a lot of hard outs. I thought our at-bats were a little bit better, but we're still just not finishing things off," Wedge said.

"To be a more consistent winning team, we've got to finish things off. We're making it awfully hard on ourselves."

Notes

  • Crisp's homer was his third of the year and second in as many nights.
  • Cleveland C Victor Martinez, who had thrown out only five of 25 runners attempting to steal this year, threw out two in quick succession in the second inning. Cabrera singled and Martinez made a perfect throw to second to easily cut him down, then Steve Finley singled and tried to steal and the Indians' catcher made another good throw to get Finley and end the inning. Martinez also picked Guerrero off second in the eighth.
 
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Angels catcher Josh Paul launches a two-run homer off Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia.  (AP)
Angels catcher Josh Paul launches a two-run homer off Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Cleveland

C. Crisp
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Cleveland Indians
Casey Blake, RF4000011 .178
Alex Cora, 2B4011000 .239
Victor Martinez, C4000011 .216
Travis Hafner, DH4000020 .280
Ben Broussard, 1B4010010 .255
Coco Crisp, LF4231001 .265
Grady Sizemore, CF4021011 .269
Aaron Boone, 3B4000023 .133
Jhonny Peralta, SS4221000 .246
Totals36494087 
Batting
2B - Alex Cora (2, Byrd), Coco Crisp (6, Byrd), Jhonny Peralta (6, Byrd)
3B - Grady Sizemore (2, Byrd)
HR - Coco Crisp (3, Rodriguez), Jhonny Peralta (3, Byrd)
RBI - Alex Cora (4), Coco Crisp (8), Grady Sizemore (13), Jhonny Peralta (7)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Cora (1), Grady Sizemore (9)
SB - Coco Crisp (5, 2nd base off Byrd/Paul)
Team LOB - 5
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia (L,2-2) 6.1844152 3.26
David Riske 0.1000100 0.00
Scott Sauerbeck 0.1000000 4.82
Rafael Betancourt 1311200 1.65
Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 113-67, David Riske 10-4, Scott Sauerbeck 3-2, Rafael Betancourt 39-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 8-4
Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 26, David Riske 2, Scott Sauerbeck 1, Rafael Betancourt 7
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 2B-3B3000100 .277
Darin Erstad, 1B4000023 .241
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4130000 .328
Garret Anderson, LF3212121 .289
Juan Rivera, DH4010011 .229
Orlando Cabrera, SS3100102 .227
Steve Finley, CF3020101 .195
Robb Quinlan, 3B2010001 .176
    Adam Kennedy, 2B2021000 .217
Josh Paul, C2112001 .158
   a- Jeff DaVanon, PH1000002 .211
    Jose Molina, C1000003 .167
Totals3251154515 
a-flied out for Paul in the 7th
Batting
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (9, Sabathia)
HR - Garret Anderson (4, Sabathia), Josh Paul (1, Sabathia)
RBI - Garret Anderson 2 (26), Adam Kennedy (1), Josh Paul 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson 2 (13), Adam Kennedy (1), Josh Paul 2 (2)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (2, 2nd base off Sabathia/Martinez), Adam Kennedy (2, 2nd base off Riske/Martinez)
CS - Steve Finley (3, 2nd base by Sabathia/Martinez), Robb Quinlan (1, 2nd base by Sabathia/Martinez)
PK - Vladimir Guerrero (1, Betancourt)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Garret Anderson (3, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Paul Byrd (W,3-3) 6833031 4.80
Scot Shields (H,7) 2000030 1.37
Francisco Rodriguez (S,9) 1111021 2.40
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 96-63, Scot Shields 24-18, Francisco Rodriguez 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 2-13, Scot Shields 1-2, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 26, Scot Shields 6, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38320
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Lance Barksdale