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Angels pound Cleveland pitching for three homers and 14 runs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- John Lackey and the Los Angeles made it look easy.

Lackey allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, Vladimir Guerrero hit one of three homers off Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia and the Angels routed the Indians 14-2 on Sunday night.

"When you go against a guy like (Sabathia), you better be on your game," said Lackey (4-3), who won for the first time in seven starts since April 26.

"It's very rare that you'll get that many runs against a quality pitcher like him. You better be ready to throw up some zeros."

Lackey did just that and more, not allowing a hit until Jason Michaels' fourth-inning single. The other hit off the right-hander, who walked four and struck out four, was a single by Ben Broussard in the seventh.

Travis Hafner reached on catcher's interference in the second inning but was erased on one of three double plays turned by Los Angeles.

Kendry Morales had three hits and three RBI for the Angels, who took two of three in the series and have won eight of 11. Los Angeles has won four consecutive series after going winless in its previous eight.

"It's good to see our bats come alive," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "And we pitched well against a team that is terrific offensively."

The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Sabathia (5-2), who had complete games in his two previous starts. The left-hander was 14-2 with a 1.97 ERA since Aug. 5 and had surrendered only five earned runs in his last 40 innings.

"You look back to last year, C.C. has been as good as a starting pitcher can be," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He was just missing, but more towards the middle of the plate."

Chone Figgins opened the game by hitting a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left for his third homer for Los Angeles. Two outs later, Guerrero reached down and pulled a low pitch out to left for his 16th homer -- despite breaking his bat.

"That's the first time I ever hit a homer with a broken bat," said Guerrero, who has 37 RBI in his last 37 games.

Sabathia wasn't surprised by Guerrero hammering a low-and-away changeup.

"Vlady is Vlady," Sabathia said. "He swings at anything. He hit that ball hard, but he does that all the time."

Tim Salmon followed with a single and scored on Morales' double to left-center. Grady Sizemore got to Morales' flyball with a leaping effort, but dropped it when he crashed into the wall.

In the second, Figgins drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored on a single by Orlando Cabrera. A sacrifice fly by Juan Rivera and two-run homer by Mike Napoli, his third, made it 7-0 in the third.

"Those homers to Figgins and the catcher (Napoli), I put those pitches over the plate," Sabathia said. "I got two strikes on them and couldn't put them away."

Sabathia gave up seven runs, eight hits and four walks over five innings in his worst outing since allowing eight runs in only 2 1/3 innings at Oakland on July 25.

Morales had a two-run double and Rivera a two-run single off Jason T. Davis in the sixth to make it 11-0.

Pinch-hitter Dallas McPherson hit his ninth homer in the eighth off Guillermo Mota, who allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Victor Martinez and Ben Broussard hit back-to-back homers off Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth. It was Martinez's sixth homer and first since April 27. Broussard has eight homers.


  • Angels pitchers have a 2.49 ERA at Jacobs Field since 2001, the best of any team.
  • Cabrera had two hits and has reached base safely in 35 consecutive games.
  • Indians SS Jhonny Peralta went 0-for-3 and is in a 1-for-19 slump.
  • Mota has allowed nine homers in 24 2/3 innings.
  • All fans 14 and under got a hand puppet resembling Sabathia.
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John Lackey pitches seven shutout innings against  the Indians, gives up two hits and strikes out four.  (AP)
John Lackey pitches seven shutout innings against the Indians, gives up two hits and strikes out four. (AP)

Players of the Game

K. Morales
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

M. Napoli
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5211111 .258
Orlando Cabrera, SS5121010 .285
    Erick Aybar, SS1011000 .333
Garret Anderson, LF4000102 .275
    Robb Quinlan, LF1000001 .247
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4221011 .322
    Tommy Murphy, CF1000000 .258
Tim Salmon, DH2310100 .278
   a- Dallas McPherson, PH-DH1111000 .235
Kendry Morales, 1B5233000 .286
Juan Rivera, CF-RF4023001 .231
Mike Napoli, C4222111 .327
Adam Kennedy, 2B5111022 .269
a-homered for Salmon in the 8th
2B - Erick Aybar (1, Mota), Kendry Morales 2 (3, Sabathia, Davis), Adam Kennedy (11, Mota)
HR - Chone Figgins (3, Sabathia), Vladimir Guerrero (15, Sabathia), Dallas McPherson (5, Mota), Mike Napoli (3, Sabathia)
SF - Juan Rivera (1)
RBI - Chone Figgins (17), Orlando Cabrera (34), Erick Aybar (1), Vladimir Guerrero (48), Dallas McPherson (8), Kendry Morales 3 (9), Juan Rivera 3 (19), Mike Napoli 2 (8), Adam Kennedy (23)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera (11), Erick Aybar (1), Vladimir Guerrero (13), Dallas McPherson (4), Kendry Morales 3 (8), Juan Rivera 2 (11), Mike Napoli 2 (3)
SB - Chone Figgins (21, 2nd base off Sabathia/Martinez)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Cabrera-Kennedy-Morales, Kennedy-Cabrera-Morales, Kennedy-Cabrera-Morales
E - Mike Napoli (1, )
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey (W,4-3) 7200440 3.06
Kevin Gregg 1200010 4.24
Francisco Rodriguez 1222012 4.07
HBP - Sizemore (by John Lackey)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 110-70, Kevin Gregg 17-11, Francisco Rodriguez 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 9-5, Kevin Gregg 1-1
Batters Faced - John Lackey 26, Kevin Gregg 5, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF1000201 .304
Jason Michaels, LF4020002 .286
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000012 .236
    Lou Merloni, SS1000001 .211
Travis Hafner, DH2000112 .307
Victor Martinez, C3111113 .282
Ben Broussard, 1B4121011 .361
Casey Blake, RF2000000 .318
   a- Todd Hollandsworth, PH-RF2000010 .213
Ron Belliard, 2B4000012 .276
Aaron Boone, 3B4010000 .271
a-grounded out for Blake in the 7th
HR - Victor Martinez (6, Rodriguez), Ben Broussard (8, Rodriguez)
RBI - Victor Martinez (32), Ben Broussard (29)
Team LOB - 7
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia (L,5-2) 5877453 2.75
Jason Davis 2444010 4.30
Guillermo Mota 1.2433001 7.82
Scott Sauerbeck 0.1000000 4.97
HBP - Salmon (by Jason Davis)
Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 98-62, Jason Davis 33-20, Guillermo Mota 42-25, Scott Sauerbeck 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 3-7, Jason Davis 3-2, Guillermo Mota 2-3
Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 27, Jason Davis 11, Guillermo Mota 9, Scott Sauerbeck 1
Game Information
Attendance - 19148
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Tom Hallion