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Anderson, Kotchman power Angels past Indians

Sep 7, 2007 - 6:25 AM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- A matchup of divisional leaders turned into a rout as the American League West-leading Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the Central-leading Cleveland Indians, 10-3, on Thursday.

Garret Anderson hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and finished with three hits and three RBI.

The veteran slugger was having one of the worst seasons in his 14-year career before driving in 10 runs in a game against the New York Yankees on August 21. Since then, Anderson is batting 417 with nine homers and 31 RBI.

"I have never seen anyone do what Garret is doing right now with the bat since I've been in the league," Angels starter Kelvim Escobar said.

His fifth-inning RBI single gave him an RBI in 11 straight games, breaking a franchise record.

"I just can't explain it," Anderson said. "I'm just glad that the RBI meant something at that point in the game. Being healthy is a big part of the way I'm hitting right now."

Casey Kotchman drove in three runs and capped a four-run, fifth-inning rally with a two-run double for the Angels, who now own an eight-game cushion over the Seattle Mariners (74-64) in the West.

"(I) just wanted to go up there and get quality at-bats," Kotchman said. "We knew without (Vladimir Guerrero, who missed the game with an inflamed right triceps) in the lineup that we had to pick our games up. He's a big part of the puzzle."

Escobar (16-7) bounced back from one his worst outings of the year last Saturday, when he allowed five runs in just 2 2/3 innings to suffer a loss. The Venezuelan righthander was sharper Thursday, striking out eight while allowing three runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

"The key for me today was to minimize damage," Escobar said. "I just didn't want to give in, and right now we are playing good baseball."

Escobar improved his career mark against the Indians to 7-3 and has won five of his last six decisions.

"(Escobar) wasn't sharp early, which got his pitch count up," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He was a little off, but he kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win."

The Indians opened the scoring in the third on back-to-back doubles by Kenny Lofton and Kelly Shoppach.

The Angels answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half when Gary Matthews Jr. singled to score rookie speedster Reggie Willits, who had doubled.

After Cleveland jumped out to a 3-1 advantage with a pair of runs in the fifth, Anaheim broke out with a four-run bottom half. Anderson and Kendry Morales each singled in runs to tie the score before Kotchman's two-run double put the Angles on top for good.

"We didn't play very well tonight in all areas of the game," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "When you can't play good against a team like Anaheim you will get your butts kicked, and they did that to us tonight."

Indians starter Paul Byrd (14-6) lasted 4 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs and eight hits while walking one and striking out five. Byrd, who spent a year with Anaheim in 2005, is now 3-1 in seven starts against his former team.

"I felt good early on," Byrd said. "I ended up leaving a lot of pitches up in the zone and you just can't do that against a lineup like the Angels. We just have to put this game behind us and come out ready to play tomorrow."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CLEVELAND 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
    LA ANGELS 0 0 1 0 4 1 2 2 x 10 15 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CLE - PAUL BYRD, JENSEN LEWIS (5TH), AARON FULTZ (6TH), EDWARD
    MUJICA (7TH), JUAN LARA (7TH) AND KELLY SHOPPACH
    LAA - KELVIM ESCOBAR, DARREN OLIVER (6TH), JUSTIN
    S

    Sep 7 1:25 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY GARRET ANDERSON (15) TO RIGHT WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF JUAN LARA SCORED ORLANDO CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3, LA ANGELS 10
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: K MORALES (.330, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 7 1:14 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HOWIE KENDRICK SCORED CASEY KOTCHMAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, H KENDRICK ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    LA ANGELS 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J MATHIS (.250, 1-FOR-2, HBP)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 7 12:56 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CASEY KOTCHMAN SCORED MAICER IZTURIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C KOTCHMAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    LA ANGELS 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.319, 0-FOR-3)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 7 12:52 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ORLANDO CABRERA SCORED JEFF MATHIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O CABRERA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    LA ANGELS 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.297, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 7 12:36 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CASEY KOTCHMAN SCORED GARRET ANDERSON AND KENDRY
    MORALES.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, C KOTCHMAN ON SECOND, M IZTURIS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    LA ANGELS 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.320, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 7 12:00 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KENDRY MORALES SCORED GARY MATTHEWS JR.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K MORALES ON FIRST, G ANDERSON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    LA ANGELS 3 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M IZTURIS (.274, 0-FOR-2)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 6 11:55 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARRET ANDERSON SCORED JEFF MATHIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G ANDERSON ON FIRST, G MATTHEWS JR ON
    SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    LA ANGELS 2 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: K MORALES (.326, 1-FOR-2)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 6 11:54 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VICTOR MARTINEZ SCORED TRAVIS HAFNER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, V MARTINEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 3
    LA ANGELS 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.271, 1-FOR-2)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 6 11:37 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ (11) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF KELVIM ESCOBAR.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 2, LA ANGELS 1
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T HAFNER (.259, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 6 11:33 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARY MATTHEWS JR SCORED REGGIE WILLITS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G MATTHEWS JR ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    LA ANGELS 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: O CABRERA (.309, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 6 11:03 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KELLY SHOPPACH SCORED KENNY LOFTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K SHOPPACH ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    LA ANGELS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J BARFIELD (.244, 3 HR, 49 RBI)

    Indians vs. AngelsSep 6 10:44 PM