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Martinez's blast in ninth off Fuentes propels Indians past Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When the three-run homer left Victor Martinez's bat in the ninth inning, the Cleveland slugger couldn't quite believe it had the juice to get out.

"As soon as I hit it, I was like, 'Oh well, let's see what happens,'" Martinez said with a shrug. "It barely went out, but it still counts."

The way things are going for the Cleveland Indians on their road trip, Martinez shouldn't have wondered. Even with their teammates departing almost daily in a long-lost season, they're on a roll that not even an All-Star closer on a first-place opponent could halt.

Martinez connected off Brian Fuentes (1-3) to erase a two-run deficit, and the short-handed Indians rallied for a stunning 8-6 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Jhonny Peralta had four hits and followed Martinez's blast with another home run off Fuentes, whose 30 saves lead the majors. The All-Star left-hander gave up four consecutive hits after coming on to preserve a two-run lead in the ninth, and blew a save for the first time in 18 chances.

 Indians deal Garko to Giants

The improbable shot by Martinez, who was 0 for 4 beforehand, was the biggest blow in a 20-hit attack. The Indians did it without sluggers Ryan Garko, who was traded to San Francisco right before the game, and Grady Sizemore, who felt ill and didn't play.

"It's a little tough, but there's nothing we can do about it," Martinez said as he dressed three stalls away from the empty locker with Garko's name still above it.

Cleveland even played without manager Eric Wedge and reliever Winston Abreu after both were suspended for Abreu's plunking of Seattle's Jack Hannahan last weekend.

"Our guys battled to the end against a very good closer," bench coach Jeff Datz said. "This is a special win, because we've been on the other end of some of these. Everybody contributed, and we continued swinging the bats as we've done on this trip."

Shin-Soo Choo also had four hits and scored three runs, while Peralta drove in three runs as Cleveland improved to 6-1 on its nine-game road trip.

Juan Rivera, Kendry Morales and Mike Napoli hit consecutive home runs in the second inning for the Angels, who lost back-to-back games for only the second time in July following an eight-game winning streak. Morales hit two home runs and Rivera drove in two runs in his return from an eight-game injury absence, but the Angels' shaky pitching staff failed them again.

The loss dropped Los Angeles' lead on Texas in the AL West standings to 2½ games.

"Those guys beat one of the best closers in our league, so give them a little credit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Any pitcher who's out there, if you miss some spots to guys who are swinging the bat well, there's always a chance of something happening like what happened tonight."

Jose Veras (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Kerry Wood gave up a leadoff double to Gary Matthews Jr. in the ninth, but completed his 14th save in 18 chances.

Starter Joe Saunders had yet another rough outing for the suddenly pitching-poor Angels, allowing a season-high-tying 10 hits and four runs while barely surviving five innings. The left-hander has allowed at least four runs in six consecutive starts, and hasn't won in July.

"That team was coming in here on a pretty good roll," Saunders said. "I fell behind some hitters, but I thought I made some pretty good pitches. They swung the bats well all night."

Scioscia remained frustrated with Saunders, who keeps slipping into bad habits.

"I didn't think Joe was sharp," Scioscia said. "You look at 12 baserunners in five innings, and Joe was plagued by some of the same things [he's been doing]. He was getting behind in counts a lot. He didn't really have control of his off-speed pitches, so he was coming back into the zone, and those guys were squaring it up pretty good off him."

Carl Pavano wasn't much better for the Indians, yielding 10 hits and six runs -- including four solo home runs -- in six innings.

"Obviously, I didn't do my job, but they did theirs," Pavano said. "Twenty hits, that's incredible. Coming off [a three-game sweep in] Seattle, this is a great stretch."

Notes

  • Pavano is the first Indians pitcher to allow three consecutive home runs since Dave Burba did it June 29, 2001, against Kansas City.
  • Cleveland CF Ben Francisco made a spectacular diving catch to end the sixth inning, robbing Willits of an extra-base hit.
 
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Victor Martinez applauds while rounding the bases on his go-ahead, three-run blast in the ninth.  (AP)
Victor Martinez applauds while rounding the bases on his go-ahead, three-run blast in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

J. Peralta
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Anaheim

K. Morales
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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Cleveland Indians
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5010003 .300
Jamey Carroll, 3B5120001 .279
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4340100 .291
Victor Martinez, 1B5113003 .286
Jhonny Peralta, DH5243002 .271
Ben Francisco, CF4120101 .247
Chris Gimenez, LF5021013 .250
Luis Valbuena, 2B5020013 .230
Kelly Shoppach, C4021013 .199
Totals42820823  
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (21, Oliver), Jhonny Peralta (19, Saunders), Ben Francisco (21, Saunders), Kelly Shoppach (9, Saunders)
HR - Victor Martinez (15, Fuentes), Jhonny Peralta (8, Fuentes)
RBI - Victor Martinez 3 (67), Jhonny Peralta 3 (50), Chris Gimenez (6), Kelly Shoppach (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta (22)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (14, 3rd base off Saunders/Napoli)
CS - Ben Francisco (3, 2nd base by Saunders/Napoli)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Valbuena-A. Cabrera-Martinez
Cleveland Indians
Carl Pavano 61066034 5.66
Jose Veras (W,4-1) 2000120 6.38
Kerry Wood (S,14) 1100010 4.93
WP - Carl Pavano (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 102-70, Jose Veras 26-15, Kerry Wood 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 8-6, Jose Veras 1-3
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 27, Jose Veras 7, Kerry Wood 4
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5010021 .309
Maicer Izturis, 2B5100012 .300
Bobby Abreu, RF3121110 .314
Juan Rivera, DH4122002 .311
Kendry Morales, 1B4222011 .292
Mike Napoli, C4111010 .277
Erick Aybar, SS4010000 .316
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4020001 .233
Reggie Willits, LF4000002 .235
Totals37611616  
Batting
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (9, Wood)
HR - Juan Rivera (17, Pavano), Kendry Morales 2 (20, Pavano, Pavano), Mike Napoli (15, Pavano)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (66), Juan Rivera 2 (55), Kendry Morales 2 (58), Mike Napoli (42)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu (19), Juan Rivera (26)
SB - Maicer Izturis (9, 2nd base off Pavano/Shoppach), Bobby Abreu 2 (22, 2nd base off Pavano/Shoppach, 2nd base off Pavano/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Izturis-Morales, Izturis-Aybar-Morales, Figgins-Izturis-Morales, Aybar-Morales
Los Angeles Angels
Joe Saunders 51044220 5.02
Justin Speier (H,8) 1100000 4.82
Darren Oliver (H,12) 0.2200000 2.68
Kevin Jepsen (H,5) 1.1200010 7.04
Brian Fuentes (BS,4; L,1-3)0444002 3.79
Jason Bulger 1100000 3.97
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 78-42, Justin Speier 15-10, Darren Oliver 12-9, Kevin Jepsen 27-16, Brian Fuentes 13-8, Jason Bulger 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 7-3, Justin Speier 2-0, Darren Oliver 1-1, Kevin Jepsen 3-0, Jason Bulger 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 24, Justin Speier 3, Darren Oliver 4, Kevin Jepsen 6, Brian Fuentes 4, Jason Bulger 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35371
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Tim Tschida