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Byrd pitches Angels past weak-hitting Indians

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CLEVELAND -- The Los Angeles Angels survived one game without closer Francisco Rodriguez. They don't want to make it a habit.

Paul Byrd pitched seven shutout innings to remain perfect in five career decisions against Cleveland, and the Angels' bullpen stepped up with Rodriguez out with an injury in a 3-1 win over the Indians on Monday night.

Byrd (4-3) had an easy time with Cleveland, whose major league-worst batting average dropped to .233. The right-hander gave up just three singles but had no problems against the team that drafted him in 1991.

Byrd lowered his ERA to 1.60 in eight career appearances against Cleveland. He walked three and struck out five.

"I don't know why it is," Byrd said, addressing his dominance of the Indians. "It's just one of those teams. The Mets are like that for me in the National League. I've just had good starts against them."

Although he threw only 85 pitches, Byrd was lifted after the seventh by Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who didn't have Rodriguez available because of a strained right forearm.

Brendan Donnelly gave up a run in the eighth, and Scot Shields, hitting 96 mph on the stadium radar gun, pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

"It's closer by committee until Frankie gets back," said Shields, who has allowed one earned run in his last 18 1/3 innings. "We need No. 57 in there. We'll try to hold down the fort until he gets back."

An MRI exam of Rodriguez's forearm was negative, and he is to be re-examined on Thursday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Angels' team physician.

Rodriguez said he hurt his arm while pushing off a slippery mound in Detroit on Saturday. He said the Angels haven't decided when he'll throw again, but he's confident his injury isn't serious.

"I don't think there's any ligament damage or anything like that," he said, touching the middle of his forearm. "It's a muscle."

Rodriguez will have treatment on Tuesday before the Angels decide their next move.

Garret Anderson had two RBI off Cliff Lee (4-2) as the Angels won for the 14th time in their last 19 games at Jacobs Field.

Lee walked Darin Erstad on four consecutive pitches opening the fourth and went to 2-0 on Vladimir Guerrero before pitching coach Carl Willis came out to visit the left-hander. Lee battled Guerrero to a full count before the Angels' free-swinging outfielder hit an RBI double off the wall in left to make it 1-0.

In the bottom half, Byrd gave up a leadoff single to Grady Sizemore. But the Angels called a pitchout against Casey Blake and catcher Josh Paul easily threw out Sizemore trying to steal second.

Byrd induced the Indians to hit into double plays in the third and fifth innings.

Cleveland manager Eric Wedge was irritated with his team's latest lackluster effort.

"We've got to do a better job of making pitchers work," he said. "We keep doing the same things over and over again. Everyone has to realize that if things aren't working you have to make changes. Until we do that, we're going to continue to struggle."

The Angels staked Byrd to a 2-0 lead by scoring an unearned run in the sixth. After Erstad singled, Guerrero hit a soft single to center that took a funny hop sideways and skipped past Sizemore for an error. Erstad went to third and scored on Anderson's slow roller that third baseman Aaron Boone fielded but couldn't make a play with.

The Angels scored another run in the eighth when Guerrero walked with two outs, stole second and came home on Anderson's single.

Lee allowed two earned runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Notes

  • Boone went 1-for-3 and raised his average to .147.
  • Byrd needed only four pitches to get three outs in the third.
  • The Indians are the only major-league team Guerrero has faced and not homered against in his career.
  • After the game, the Angels recalled rookie RHP Ervin Santana from Double-A Arkansas. He'll make his major-league debut on Tuesday against Cleveland's Scott Elarton. Santana, 22, missed half of last season with an elbow injury. He was 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA in seven starts at Arkansas. To make room, outfielder Chris Prieto was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
 
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Paul Byrd yields just three singles and three walks in seven innings, while striking out five.  (AP)
Paul Byrd yields just three singles and three walks in seven innings, while striking out five. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

G. Anderson
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF-3B4000001 .243
Darin Erstad, 1B3210100 .237
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3121100 .317
Garret Anderson, LF4022000 .302
Juan Rivera, DH4000001 .230
Orlando Cabrera, SS4010012 .237
Robb Quinlan, 3B3000001 .170
    Chris Prieto, CF1000000 .000
Josh Paul, C4000001 .130
Adam Kennedy, 2B3010011 .256
Totals33373227 
Batting
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (10, Lee)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (24), Garret Anderson 2 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson (16)
SB - Vladimir Guerrero (5, 2nd base off Lee/Martinez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kennedy-Erstad, Quinlan-Kennedy-Erstad
Los Angeles Angels
Paul Byrd (W,4-3) 7300350 4.15
Brendan Donnelly (H,4) 1211000 2.95
Scot Shields (S,3) 1000020 1.25
HBP - Martinez (by Paul Byrd)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 85-49, Brendan Donnelly 18-13, Scot Shields 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 6-7, Brendan Donnelly 1-2, Scot Shields 1-0
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 25, Brendan Donnelly 5, Scot Shields 3
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3021100 .279
Casey Blake, RF4000022 .186
Victor Martinez, C3000011 .205
Travis Hafner, DH4000021 .263
Ben Broussard, 1B4010010 .267
Coco Crisp, LF2000210 .275
Ron Belliard, 2B3010003 .246
Aaron Boone, 3B3110001 .147
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000000 .259
Totals29151378 
Batting
RBI - Grady Sizemore (15)
CS - Grady Sizemore (2, 2nd base by Byrd/Paul)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Broussard-Peralta
E - Grady Sizemore (1, misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (L,4-2) 7.2732220 3.94
Rafael Betancourt 1.1000000 1.42
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 116-75, Rafael Betancourt 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 8-12, Rafael Betancourt 1-3
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 31, Rafael Betancourt 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13729
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tim Tschida