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Indians edge Angels in 11th on infield error

CBSSports.com wire reports
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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.

Crowe scored when third baseman Alberto Callaspo cut in front of shortstop Brandon Wood to field the ball, which slipped away from him for an error.

"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]."

Crowe doubled with one out off Bobby Cassevah (0-1) and went to third on a groundout by Drew Sutton.

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.

Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a leadoff single off Kevin Jepsen. Brantley stole second and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Asdrubal Cabrera.

Jepsen then intentionally walked left-hand hitters Shin-Soo Choo and Travis Hafner, but lefty Jordan Brown bounced into an inning-ending double play.

"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.

Indians starter Fausto Carmona stretched his scoreless streak to 22 innings before yielding solo home runs to Hideki Matsui and Mike Napoli that tied the score at 2 in the seventh.

"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."

Drew Sutton singled for Cleveland's first hit to start the third and scored on Lou Marson's line double to right center. Choo's one-out bloop double to left made it 2-0.

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.

Notes

  • 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.
 
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Trevor Crowe begins the mobbing of Shelley Duncan after Crowe winds up scoring on Duncan's soft grounder.  (AP)
Trevor Crowe begins the mobbing of Shelley Duncan after Crowe winds up scoring on Duncan's soft grounder. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

S. Choo
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

H. Matsui
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Reggie Willits, CF4000121 .270
    Howard Kendrick, CF-2B0000000 .273
Bobby Abreu, LF4020101 .250
Torii Hunter, RF5000024 .288
Hideki Matsui, DH5121021 .272
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4000001 .272
Mike Napoli, 1B4111020 .245
Kevin Frandsen, 2B4000030 .276
    Peter Bourjos, CF0000000 .198
Brandon Wood, SS4000020 .155
Jeff Mathis, C2010000 .195
   a- Hank Conger, PH1000000 .167
    Bobby Wilson, C0000100 .211
Totals37262313  
a-grounded out for Mathis in the 8th
Batting
HR - Hideki Matsui (20, Carmona), Mike Napoli (25, Carmona)
RBI - Hideki Matsui (78), Mike Napoli (66)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Napoli (20)
SB - Bobby Abreu (21, 2nd base off Carmona/Marson)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Napoli-Wilson-Frandsen
E - Alberto Callaspo (11, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana 8422350 3.93
Jordan Walden 1000120 2.00
Kevin Jepsen 1100200 4.56
Bobby Cassevah (L,0-1) 0.2110000 3.94
IBB - Choo by Kevin Jepsen, by Hafner
HBP - Nix (by Ervin Santana), A. Cabrera (by Ervin Santana)
WP - Ervin Santana (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 113-73, Jordan Walden 20-10, Kevin Jepsen 15-5, Bobby Cassevah 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-10, Jordan Walden 1-0, Kevin Jepsen 2-0, Bobby Cassevah 3-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 32, Jordan Walden 4, Kevin Jepsen 5, Bobby Cassevah 4
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Brantley, CF4010001 .241
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3000011 .263
Shin-Soo Choo, RF3011210 .286
Travis Hafner, DH3000203 .268
Jordan Brown, 1B5000014 .226
Jayson Nix, 3B4000011 .233
Trevor Crowe, LF5120011 .249
Drew Sutton, 2B4110112 .300
Lou Marson, C3111112 .197
   a- Shelley Duncan, PH1000000 .235
Totals3536267  
a-grounded out for Marson in the 11th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (29, Santana), Trevor Crowe (20, Cassevah), Lou Marson (14, Santana)
SH - Michael Brantley (3), Asdrubal Cabrera (11)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (72), Lou Marson (19)
SB - Michael Brantley (10, 2nd base off Jepsen/Wilson), Trevor Crowe (16, 2nd base off Santana/Mathis), Lou Marson (8, 2nd base off Santana/Mathis)
CS - Jayson Nix (2, 2nd base by Santana/Mathis)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Sutton-Brown, A. Cabrera-Sutton-Brown
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Fausto Carmona 7422182 3.81
Joe Smith 0.2000110 4.46
Tony Sipp 0.1100000 4.19
Chris Perez 1000010 1.81
Jensen Lewis 1000130 3.56
Rafael Perez (W,5-1) 1100000 3.47
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 103-76, Joe Smith 15-9, Tony Sipp 10-6, Chris Perez 18-13, Jensen Lewis 19-11, Rafael Perez 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 9-3, Joe Smith 1-0, Chris Perez 1-1, Rafael Perez 2-0
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 25, Joe Smith 3, Tony Sipp 2, Chris Perez 3, Jensen Lewis 4, Rafael Perez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14000
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Tim Tschida