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Angels recover from K-Rod's blown save to top Indians

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Now that the Los Angeles Angels apparently have straightened out setup man Scot Shields, it's time to get closer Francisco Rodriguez back on track.

Rodriguez blew another save for John Lackey in the ninth inning, giving up a tying home run to Ryan Garko. But Kendry Morales lined a single past a drawn-in infield in the 10th, helping the Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Friday night.

Despite K-Rod's six blown saves this season, the Angels are still perfect in their last 147 games when leading after eight innings.

"Frankie's one of the best in the game, but everybody goes through these stretches," said Shields (4-5), who broke Dave LaRoche's franchise record for career victories by a reliever after allowing 15 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings over his previous 13 appearances.

"Frankie's got the stuff. It's just not going his way right now, but he's definitely going to bounce back. He's one of the best in the business for a reason, so he'll be fine."

Rodriguez, trying to preserve Lackey's 17th victory, gave up Garko's 16th home run on a 2-1 pitch. It was the third homer K-Rod has allowed in 58 2/3 innings this season.

"I just tried to get a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on it. I didn't want to swing at one of those hard sliders in the dirt," Garko said. "I hit it pretty good, but I didn't think it was going to get over. I thought it was going to hit the wall. It's hard to hit balls out in that right-center gap because of how high that wall is. It's too bad we couldn't find a way to get one more, because we had him on the ropes a little bit."

The Indians then loaded the bases with two out against Rodriguez, aided by an error and a pair of walks. But Shields came in and threw a called third strike past Asdrubal Cabrera.

"Once I threw the first pitch, I knew that my location was down pat and I was able to get a big strikeout there," said Shields, who retired all four batters he faced and fanned three. "I felt like I was on my game tonight and everything was clicking."

Lackey allowed a run and six hits over seven innings, struck out six and stranded runners in scoring position in four of the first six frames. The All-Star right-hander could have been a 20-game winner already this season, but the Angels' bullpen has blown the lead four times when he was in position to get the victory.

"It's just one of those things," Lackey said after lowering his ERA to 3.18. "But it doesn't matter whether I get there or not, really. I'll know in my mind that I've pitched good enough to get there this year. It takes a little of everything to get there. You can only do so much."

The Angels and Indians butted heads in the second game of a four-game series between AL division leaders, while their closest pursuers began a three-game set against each other. Detroit beat Seattle 6-1, helping the Angels increase their West Division lead to a season-best nine games over the Mariners.

The Angels' magic number for clinching their third division title in four years is 14.

The Indians, who lost the opener of this series 10-3, saw their lead in the Central Division drop to five games over the Tigers. Their magic number for clinching remained at 17.

Chone Figgins, back in the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 21 after being sidelined because of a bruised left wrist, started the winning rally with his third hit - a leadoff double against Rafael Betancourt (4-1).

Figgins tagged up and advanced to third on Orlando Cabrera's flyball to right, and Garret Anderson was intentionally walked for the third time in the game. Morales then lined a 1-2 pitch past first base to give the Angels their 10th walkoff win of the season.

Anderson extended his RBI streak to 12 consecutive games, two shy of the AL record set by Tris Speaker in May 1928 with the Philadelphia Athletics. The Angels' career RBI leader singled home Figgins from third base in the first inning for the 1,200th of his career and 57th since the All-Star break - the most in the majors during that stretch.

Angels right fielder Vladimir Guerrero missed his second straight game because of inflammation in his right triceps.

Figgins hit an opposite-field single with one out in the sixth and came all the way around as Cabrera doubled inside third base on a 2-1 pitch, giving the Angels a 2-1 lead against Jake Westbrook. The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits over 7 2-3 innings, striking out two and walking five -- including Anderson twice intentionally.

Notes

  • Lackey fanned Cabrera in the first inning for his 900th career strikeout.
  • The crowd of 40,020 pushed the Angels' home attendance over 3 million for the fifth straight season -- a streak that began following their 2002 World Series title.
  • Grady Sizemore stole second in the fifth, becoming the first player to steal 30 bases for the Indians since Roberto Alomar in 2001.
  • The Angels are 12-0 in home games on Friday nights.
 
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The Angels mob the man of the night, Kendry Morales, after he wins the game in extras.  (AP)
The Angels mob the man of the night, Kendry Morales, after he wins the game in extras. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

R. Garko
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Anaheim

K. Morales
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3011200 .272
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B5010025 .310
Travis Hafner, DH5000012 .257
Victor Martinez, C5020021 .305
Ryan Garko, 1B5111032 .296
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010011 .270
Kenny Lofton, LF4010013 .303
Franklin Gutierrez, RF3000111 .266
Chris Gomez, 3B4110010 .313
    Josh Barfield, PR0000000 .245
    Casey Blake, 3B0000000 .268
Totals38282312  
Batting
2B - Chris Gomez (12, Lackey)
HR - Ryan Garko (16, Rodriguez)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (71), Ryan Garko (52)
SB - Grady Sizemore (30, 2nd base off Lackey/Mathis)
PK - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, Speier)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Peralta-A. Cabrera-Garko, Garko-Peralta-Westbrook, Gomez-A. Cabrera-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook 7.2522520 4.30
Rafael Perez 0.2100100 1.54
Rafael Betancourt (L,4-1) 1211110 1.59
IBB - G. Anderson by Jake Westbrook, by G. Anderson, G. Anderson by Rafael Betancourt
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 111-56, Rafael Perez 15-9, Rafael Betancourt 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 13-5, Rafael Perez 1-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 30, Rafael Perez 4, Rafael Betancourt 6
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4330100 .339
Orlando Cabrera, SS5011003 .309
Garret Anderson, LF2011300 .299
Kendry Morales, DH5011004 .320
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000010 .288
Maicer Izturis, 2B4020000 .278
Gary Matthews Jr., CF2000201 .258
Jeff Mathis, C4000014 .241
Reggie Willits, RF2000110 .293
   a- Howie Kendrick, PH1000002 .319
    Nathan Haynes, RF0000000 .219
Totals3338373  
a-grounded out for Willits in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chone Figgins 2 (21, Westbrook, Betancourt), Orlando Cabrera (35, Westbrook)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (79), Garret Anderson (72), Kendry Morales (13)
SB - Maicer Izturis (6, 3rd base off Betancourt/Martinez), Gary Matthews Jr. 2 (17, 2nd base off Westbrook/Martinez, 2nd base off Betancourt/Martinez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Chone Figgins (14, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey 7611160 3.18
Justin Speier (H,20) 1100020 3.16
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,6) 0.2111211 3.09
Scot Shields (W,4-5) 1.1000030 3.84
WP - John Lackey 2 (8)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 105-69, Justin Speier 11-8, Francisco Rodriguez 29-14, Scot Shields 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 11-4, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1, Scot Shields 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 28, Justin Speier 3, Francisco Rodriguez 6, Scot Shields 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40020
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Dale Scott