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Indians 4, Angels 3

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CLEVELAND -- Shelley Duncan is learning not to get too excited over a rare start for the Cleveland Indians.

Duncan hit two home runs and tied a career high with four RBI in only his 49th start this year as the Indians beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Tuesday night.

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"It's tough when you are not getting at-bats because the game comes at you so fast," Duncan said. "I tried to slow things down in my head, not think about the past."

Duncan's second career multihomer game helped Josh Tomlin (4-3) earn his third win in four starts since Aug. 27. The right-hander allowed three runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings as Cleveland broke the Angels' four-game winning streak. Six of the hits were for extra bases.

"A well-pitched game," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Tomlin had very good control of his cutter and was changing speeds. Then the bullpen did a great job."

Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 24 chances. The right-hander threw a called third strike past Peter Bourjos with runners on first and third. A passed ball made it Angels on second and third, but Perez retired Alberto Callaspo on a fly ball for his seventh straight save.

"I was overthrowing a bit, but knew what to do," said Perez, who has not allowed a run in his last 13 appearances. "So, if it makes any sense, I got a little calmer when the situation was tougher. That's because I was able to fall back on what I have learned and throw strikes."

Duncan went 3 for 3 after hitting .133 (8 for 60) in 22 games since Aug. 8. He hit his 10th homer, a two-run shot off Scott Kazmir (8-14) in the sixth inning for a 4-1 lead. He had a game-tying RBI single in the first and put Cleveland ahead 2-1 with a leadoff homer in the fourth.

Duncan had two homers and four RBI on July 22, 2007, for the New York Yankees against Tampa Bay.

Kazmir dropped to 0-5 in seven starts since Aug. 13 and is 1-9 since June 24. The Angels have totaled four runs in his last three losses.

"It's frustrating out there," Kazmir said. "I have to work through things."

The left-hander gave up four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He fell to 1-3 in his career against Cleveland with a 6.13 ERA -- the highest by any AL team against him.

Nevertheless, Angels manager Mike Scioscia was encouraged.

"He didn't miss by much tonight," Scioscia said. "Unfortunately, a couple of the mistakes he made, Duncan didn't miss them either.

"He's right on the verge. He's making progress. He's feeling good. There are some positives, but we're not at the point where I think he's back to the way he can pitch."

The Angels, whose winning streak started Thursday with a 4-3 home win over the Indians in 16 innings, took a 1-0 lead in the first. on consecutive one-out doubles by Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter.

Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Hunter was out trying to score from first on a two-out double to left-center by Hideki Matsui. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera took the throw from left fielder Duncan and his relay short-hopped Lou Marson, but was in time. Marson was bowled over by Hunter's attempt to jar the ball loose and hung on for the third out.

"I was more fired up by that than anything else tonight," Duncan said. "Cabby took my short-hop throw and made it look easy. It wasn't. Then Marson grabbed his short hop. It was cool to watch."

Howie Kendrick hit a grounds-rule double with two outs and scored on double by Bobby Wilson in the Angels' seventh. Bourjos tripled home Wilson to make it 4-3.

Rafael Perez relieved Tomlin and retired Callaspo on a first-pitch lineout to third base.

Cleveland loaded the bases in the bottom half, but did not score when pinch-hitter Travis Hafner bounced into an inning-ending double play.

The Angels' winning streak was their longest since winning six straight June 2-7.

Notes

Cleveland called up INF Drew Sutton from Triple-A Columbus. INF Jason Donald is out at least a week with a bruised right index finger. ... Scioscia said RHP Joel Piniero may start Saturday at Tampa Bay. Piniero has been out since July 29 with a strained left oblique. He worked a six-inning rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday. ... Hunter went 2 for 4 and is 13 for 27 (.481) with three homers and five RBI against Cleveland this year. ... The Angels did not homer for the first time in nine games. They had a 10-game streak, May 14-23. ... OF Michael Brantley went 2 for 4, extending his hitting streak to an Indians' season-best 14 games. ... An MRI on Indians RHP Mitch Talbot was negative. The rookie left his start Sunday after only 14 pitches with an inflamed shoulder.

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

S. Duncan
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Cleveland

J. Tomlin
IP 6.2
H 7
ER 3
BB 1
K 4
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alberto Callaspo, 3B5000003 .276
Bobby Abreu, LF4110010 .249
Torii Hunter, RF4021020 .291
Hideki Matsui, DH4020002 .270
    Reggie Willits, PR-DH0000000 .277
Mike Napoli, 1B4000022 .244
Erick Aybar, SS4000000 .255
Howard Kendrick, 2B3110100 .272
Bobby Wilson, C2111100 .211
   a- Juan Rivera, PH1010000 .247
    Brandon Wood, PR0000000 .160
Peter Bourjos, CF4011023 .205
Totals3539327  
a-singled for Wilson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (36, Tomlin), Torii Hunter (35, Tomlin), Hideki Matsui (22, Tomlin), Howard Kendrick (36, Tomlin), Bobby Wilson (5, Tomlin)
3B - Peter Bourjos (3, Tomlin)
RBI - Torii Hunter (79), Bobby Wilson (15), Peter Bourjos (9)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Wilson (5), Peter Bourjos (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Peter Bourjos 1
DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Napoli
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Kazmir (L,8-14) 5.2744332 5.99
Bobby Cassevah 1.1200100 4.11
Michael Kohn 1000110 2.35
IBB - Choo by Bobby Cassevah
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 104-57, Bobby Cassevah 23-11, Michael Kohn 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 5-8, Bobby Cassevah 3-0
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 26, Bobby Cassevah 6, Michael Kohn 3
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Brantley, CF4120000 .241
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3000001 .268
Shin-Soo Choo, RF2100201 .286
Shelley Duncan, LF3234000 .240
    Trevor Crowe, LF1010000 .247
Jayson Nix, DH3010011 .239
   a- Travis Hafner, PH-DH1000001 .273
Matt LaPorta, 1B2000201 .222
Andy Marte, 3B3010102 .212
Luis Valbuena, 2B4000024 .176
Lou Marson, C3010013 .197
Totals2949454  
a-grounded into a double play for Nix in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jayson Nix (13, Kazmir), Lou Marson (13, Kazmir)
HR - Shelley Duncan 2 (10, Kazmir, Kazmir)
SH - Asdrubal Cabrera (10)
RBI - Shelley Duncan 4 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Shelley Duncan (13)
SB - Michael Brantley (9, 2nd base off Kazmir/Wilson)
CS - Andy Marte (3, 2nd base by Kohn/Wilson)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shelley Duncan 1
PB - Lou Marson (4)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Tomlin (W,4-3) 6.2733140 4.17
Rafael Perez (H,11) 1100020 3.54
Joe Smith (H,14) 0.1000000 4.54
Chris Perez (S,20) 1100110 1.84
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Tomlin 100-66, Rafael Perez 11-10, Joe Smith 5-4, Chris Perez 27-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Tomlin 8-7, Joe Smith 1-0, Chris Perez 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Tomlin 27, Rafael Perez 4, Joe Smith 1, Chris Perez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 15734
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez