Sports Now

Sports news from Los Angeles and beyond

« Previous Post | Sports Now Home | Next Post »

Angels rally for 6-5 win over Indians, giving Mike Scioscia 1,000th career victory

May 8, 2011 |  3:46 pm

Photo: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is almost hit by a pitch in the first inning Sunday. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire


The Angels rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday, two of them coming on Erick Aybar's  tiebreaking two-run double, for a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians that gave Manager Mike Scioscia

his 1,000th career victory.

The Indians scored twice off Angels reliever Fernando Rodney to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth, but Howie Kendrick sparked the rally in the bottom of the inning with a one-out double to right off reliever Rafael Perez.

Hank Conger struck out for the second out, but Mark Trumbo, facing right-hander Joe Smith, reached on an infield single to put runners on first and third. Peter Bourjos then beat out a chopper that bounced high off the plate and to the mound for an infield single that scored Kendrick for a 4-4 tie.

Aybar followed with a double over the head of left fielder Austin Kearns, who was playing the leadoff batter fairly shallow. Trumbo and Bourjos  scored to give the Angels a 6-4 lead.

The Indians nicked Angels closer Jordan Walden for a run in the top of the ninth on back-to-back one-out doubles by Grady Sizemore and Asdrubal Cabrera. But Walden struck out Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana for his sixth save, as the Angels held on.

Angels starter Dan Haren allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out 10 and walking one, and reliever Scott Downs struck out Sizemore to end the seventh and protect a 3-2 lead.

But Rodney couldn't hold it in the eighth, suffering his second blown save of the season. Cabrera led off with an infield single, a grounder that went off of Rodney's backside because the pitcher wasn't in position to field a ball after his follow-through.

Choo flied to right, but Santana lined a single to right that advanced Cabrera to third. Torii Hunter, who had just entered the game as a defensive replacement, appeared to have a shot at Cabrera, but his throw sailed over the head of third baseman Alberto Callaspo, as Santana took second.

Travis Hafner grounded a single to shallow center to score Cabrera with the tying run, and Santana scored on Orlando Cabrera's fielder's-choice grounder to give the Indians a 4-3 lead.

Cleveland right-hander Fausto Carmona blanked the Angels on four hits through five innings and retired the first two batters in the sixth before Maicer Izturis stroked a single to right field. Third baseman Adam Everett then booted Vernon Wells' grounder to his left, and the Angels pounced on the mistake.

Callaspo drove a double to the left-center-field gap that scored Izturis and Wells to tie it, 2-2. Kendrick's infield single, a slow roller down the third-base line, put runners on first and third, and Conger blooped an RBI single to center for a 3-2 lead before Trumbo popped out to third, ending the inning.

The Indians had scored in the second inning, on Kearns' two-out RBI single to left-center, and in the fifth inning on Sizemore's solo home run to straightaway center field, his fifth of the season.


Angels-Indians box score

Angels-Indians: Inning-by-inning recap

--Mike DiGiovanna

Photo: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is almost hit by a pitch in the first inning Sunday. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire