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Byrd beats former club, halts Angels' win streak; Lackey's streak ends, too

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- John Lackey is using the locker that Paul Byrd occupied in Los Angeles' clubhouse last season. The Angels might wish they still had both pitchers.

Byrd threw six strong innings to help end Los Angeles' eight-game winning streak, Ben Broussard hit a two-run homer that snapped Lackey's scoreless string at 30 2/3 innings, and the Cleveland Indians stopped their own five-game skid with a 6-4 victory Wednesday.

Byrd (7-6) allowed three runs, 10 hits and no walks over six innings to improve his career record against the Angels to 3-0, including a three-hit shutout for Kansas City in 2002. The right-hander started against his ex-teammates for the first time since signing a two-year, $14 million contract with the Indians in December.

"I tell people I'm not good enough to stick in one place too long, but I'm not bad enough to retire. I just kind of get the job done and somehow stay consistent," Byrd said. "This meant a lot to me. I've got such a fondness in my heart for this place because of the fans and the people in that organization. I was just happy to be back on this mound. It felt a little bit like home."

Byrd spent only one season in Anaheim, going 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 31 starts and reaching the 200-inning mark for the second time in his career. He recorded 22 quality starts, second-most in the AL behind Johan Santana's 24 with Minnesota, and was the lone pitcher to beat the World Series champion White Sox in last year's postseason.

"Paul had a terrific year for us and he fit right in," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think we're all disappointed that we couldn't get Paul back, but players move on and it's part of the game."

Juan Rivera homered in the fourth for the Angels, his 14th this season and eighth in 15 games -- including the two he hit during Tuesday night's 7-5 victory. Vladimir Guerrero had a pair of RBI singles.

"Facing his former team, they obviously know him and he knows them, so that's even a tougher battle," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "But Birdie's going to give you a quality effort and give you a chance to win the ballgame. That's what he did all year last year."

Aaron Boone also homered and Jhonny Peralta hit a go-ahead single for Cleveland. Bob Wickman worked the ninth for his 15th save in 18 attempts.

Right fielder Casey Blake preserved Byrd's 5-3 lead in the sixth with a sensational, diving grab of Chone Figgins' slicing fly toward the line with two on.

"Casey Blake plays so hard," Byrd said. "He's had a pulled oblique muscle for the last couple of weeks, and for him to run after the ball and dive like that ... I mean, if he misses it, Figgins can make that an inside-the-park home run.

"I saw Casey running after it and I thought he's got no chance. I put my hands on my head like, 'Oh, no.' But Casey took a gamble right there and made the catch. I'm still amazed. The whole game came down to that play."

Lackey (8-6) gave up five runs and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings after throwing consecutive shutouts against Oakland (one-hitter) and Tampa Bay (five-hitter). The right-hander, trying for his fourth straight double-digit strikeout game, fanned seven and walked five while working with runners on base each inning.

"I told you 100 times that I don't care about the consecutive streak. I'm just trying to win games," Lackey said.

Lackey threw 45 of his 107 pitches during the first two innings and stranded five baserunners. His luck ran out in the fifth, when Cleveland scored five runs for a 5-2 lead.

Broussard was 1-for-14 lifetime against Lackey before his tying homer, which came after a walk to Victor Martinez. Broussard's 12th of the season was only the second homer given up by Lackey in his last seven starts. And it left Lackey 5 1/3 innings short of the club record for consecutive scoreless innings, set by Jim McGlothlin in 1967.

Peralta gave the Indians a 4-2 lead with his third straight hit, a two-run single that landed just inside the right-field line. Rookie Joe Inglett capped the rally with a run-scoring single, his first RBI in the majors.

"It was great to see our guys put a big inning together against arguably the hottest pitcher in the American League right now," Wedge said.

Boone's fifth homer made it 6-3 in the seventh against Brendan Donnelly.

Wedge was ejected in the ninth by Ed Montague after the plate umpire reversed a call from a swinging strike to a foul tip. It was Wedge's third ejection this season.

Notes

  • Rookie Mike Napoli started behind the plate in both of Lackey's shutouts. Jose Molina was the starting catcher in this one.
  • Cleveland 2B Ronnie Belliard departed with an injured left hamstring after beating out an infield single in the fifth.
  • Inglett started in CF and in the leadoff spot in place of Grady Sizemore, who was the only player to start each of Cleveland's first 93 games.
  • Sizemore singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, extending his consecutive games streak to 128. The last player to start every game of a 162-game season for the Indians was Joe Carter in 1989.
 
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Paul Byrd, who spent the '05 season with the Angels, improves to 3-0 against his former team.  (AP)
Paul Byrd, who spent the '05 season with the Angels, improves to 3-0 against his former team. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Cleveland

J. Peralta
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Cleveland Indians
Joe Inglett, CF-2B4031201 .286
Casey Blake, RF5000138 .295
Travis Hafner, DH4000123 .312
Victor Martinez, C3120201 .315
Ben Broussard, 1B5112015 .319
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3010011 .290
    Ramon Vazquez, PR-2B1100010 .182
   a- Grady Sizemore, PH-CF1010000 .293
Todd Hollandsworth, LF5110012 .246
Jhonny Peralta, SS5132000 .258
Aaron Boone, 3B5131002 .256
Totals4161566923 
a-singled for Vazquez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joe Inglett (2, Lackey), Todd Hollandsworth (12, Lackey), Aaron Boone (18, Lackey)
HR - Ben Broussard (12, Lackey), Aaron Boone (5, Donnelly)
RBI - Joe Inglett (1), Ben Broussard 2 (45), Jhonny Peralta 2 (43), Aaron Boone (38)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Inglett (1), Aaron Boone (25)
SB - Joe Inglett (1, 2nd base off Lackey/Molina), Aaron Boone (3, 2nd base off Gregg/Napoli)
CS - Ben Broussard (1, 2nd base by Romero/Molina)
Team LOB - 14
Cleveland Indians
Paul Byrd (W,7-6) 61033011 4.28
Rafael Betancourt (H,3) 0.1211010 4.71
Fausto Carmona (H,9) 1.2000010 3.74
Bob Wickman (S,15) 1100010 4.18
HBP - Molina (by Paul Byrd)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 94-64, Rafael Betancourt 13-11, Fausto Carmona 13-10, Bob Wickman 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 6-10, Fausto Carmona 1-3, Bob Wickman 2-0
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 28, Rafael Betancourt 3, Fausto Carmona 5, Bob Wickman 4
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF5010002 .271
Maicer Izturis, 3B5220010 .281
Orlando Cabrera, SS5130012 .295
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5032012 .318
Garret Anderson, DH3001003 .269
Juan Rivera, LF4111003 .286
Kendry Morales, 1B4020000 .253
Adam Kennedy, 2B4010002 .262
Jose Molina, C2000002 .227
   a- Mike Napoli, PH-C1000010 .276
Totals3841340416 
a-struck out for Molina in the 8th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (27, Wickman), Kendry Morales (10, Byrd)
HR - Juan Rivera (14, Byrd)
SF - Garret Anderson (6)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (73), Garret Anderson (50), Juan Rivera (43)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (23)
SB - Chone Figgins (37, 2nd base off Byrd/Martinez), Orlando Cabrera (15, 2nd base off Byrd/Martinez)
CS - Vladimir Guerrero (2, 2nd base by Byrd/Martinez)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey (L,8-6) 4.21055571 2.93
J.C. Romero 1.2100010 6.89
Brendan Donnelly 1.2311111 4.25
Kevin Gregg 1100000 4.98
WP - John Lackey (9)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 107-67, J.C. Romero 16-9, Brendan Donnelly 29-15, Kevin Gregg 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 1-6, J.C. Romero 3-0, Brendan Donnelly 1-3
Batters Faced - John Lackey 29, J.C. Romero 5, Brendan Donnelly 9, Kevin Gregg 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43744
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Marvin Hudson