CLEVELAND -- Shelley Duncan has never hit a softer ball to end a game.
His nubber didn't get past the infield grass, wasn't even a hit, but got Trevor Crowe home from third base with two outs in the 11th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
"A rainy night, the grass is wet -- that was Plan C there," Duncan said. "It was a weird way to end the game."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it was tough chance for Callaspo.
"It wasn't a routine play," Scioscia said. "Alberto had maybe a little more time. I think it was in between where he didn't know if Woodie was coming into the picture or not. He just didn't get the transfer [to his throwing hand]."
Manager Manny Acta then called upon Duncan to pinch hit. In a rare start Tuesday night, Duncan had two home runs and four RBI in a 4-3 victory against the Angels.
Rafael Perez (5-1), the sixth pitcher used by Cleveland, pitched one inning for the victory after the Indians loaded the bases in the 10th and couldn't score.
"That was deflating," Acta said. "We can't get it done with the bases loaded and one out, then win it with a broken-bat hit and two outs the next inning. That's a bizarre win and another reason why baseball is the greatest game."
Indians pitchers tied a season high with 13 strikeouts as Cleveland won for the fifth time in nine meetings with the Angels, winning the season series for the first time since 2004. The loss was the Angels' second in the past seven games.
"Fausto continues to be terrific," Acta said. "He had heavy life on his sinker."
Carmona struck out eight and allowed four hits and one walk over seven innings. He matched his career-high scoreless streak set when he was a 19-game winner in 2007. He went a combined 13-19 the next two years and spent much of 2009 in the minors before rebounding this year to be named to the AL All-Star team.
Ervin Santana failed to get his career-high 17th win, though the right-hander allowed only two runs and four hits over eight innings. Santana, who also won 16 games in 2006 and 2008, struck out five and walked three in his first no-decision since July 24. He's 8-2 over his past 11 starts.
"He's got very, very good stuff," Scioscia said. "He's evolving as a pitcher as he's maturing. He's definitely been a guy who's moving to the front of the rotation."
Matsui ruined Carmona's bid for a second successive shutout by hitting his 20th home run with one out in the seventh. Matsui is 7 for 11 (.636) in his career against Carmona.
Matsui continued his late-season tear. He went 2 for 5 and has hit .438 (14 for 32) over his past 10 games and .402 since Aug. 14, to raise his average 29 points to .272.
- The start was delayed nine minutes as the field was prepared following a rainstorm.
- Angels SS Erick Aybar was in the original lineup, but scratched right before gametime with a strained left leg.
- RHP Jered Weaver's 218 strikeouts are the most for the Angels since Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan fanned 223 in 1979.
- Carmona is 0-2 with a 2.05 ERA in seven career games against the Angels. He tied Boston RHP Clay Buchholz for the second-longest scoreless streak in the AL, one short of the 23 straight by Minnesota LHP Francisco Liriano.
- Cleveland hasn't had back-to-back complete-game shutouts since LHP Jeremy Sowers did it as a rookie in July 2006.
- Santana is 0-6 with a 5.14 ERA in nine career starts against Cleveland.