ANAHEIM CA - SEPTEMBER 6: Pinch hitter Juan Rivera #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after striking out swinging in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians on September 6 2010 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim California. The Indians won 3-2. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Angels Open Homestand With Loss To Indians

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Choo's Ninth-Inning Single Gives Indians Opening Win Over Angels

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Shin-Soo Choo’s single in the ninth inning scored Michael Brantley with the game-winning run, as Cleveland opened a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a 3-2 victory.

Jayson Nix went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win, which was credited to Jensen Lewis (4-2) for striking out Mike Napoli to end the eighth.

Chris Perez closed it out with a perfect ninth for his 19th save for the Indians, who had won just two of eight coming into the game.

Torii Hunter homered for the Angels, who were returning from a 3-3 road trip.

Neither starter factored in the decision despite quality starts. Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco, in his second outing this season, allowed six hits and two runs while striking out six in as many frames, while Dan Haren also gave up a pair of runs on five hits and four walks in seven innings of work.

“I felt I had command of my fastball. I was throwing strikes,” Carrasco said. “I wanted to stay in the game, but I threw too many pitches.”

Fernando Rodney (4-2) entered in the ninth with the score tied, 2-2, and got two quick outs before yielding a double to Brantley and plunking Asdrubal Cabrera. Choo then poked a base hit to right to bring in the speedy leadoff hitter with the game-deciding tally.

In the first inning, Carrasco struck out Napoli to leave the bases loaded, and Cleveland’s offense got the 23-year-old righty the lead in the fourth when Travis Hafner doubled, moved to third on Nix’s base hit and scored on Shelley Duncan’s sacrifice fly.

LA tied it in the fifth when Peter Bourjos tripled into the left-field corner and scored on Alberto Callaspo’s base hit to right.

Haren had control issues in the sixth, walking three straight after Nix’s two- out double.

“Other than the three uncharacteristic walks in the sixth, [Haren] pitched well,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We just didn’t support him.”

The last walk was a four-pitch free pass to Luis Valbuena that forced in a run, which Hunter got back in the bottom half by finding the first row of seats in right-center for his 20th home run of the season.

Haren has gone 2-4 in nine starts with the Angels…Hunter has recorded at least 20 home runs for the past five years…Napoli had two doubles, while Bobby Abreu stole his 19th base for the Angels…Choo swiped his 18th bag.


Angels Open Homestand With Dan Haren Against The Indians

(Sports Network) - In-season acquisition Dan Haren makes the ninth start in a so-far unsuccessful stint with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tonight when they host the Cleveland Indians to begin a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

A 14-game winner with the National League's Arizona Diamondbacks last season, the 29-year-old Haren was sent to the Angels at the non-waiver trade deadline in July in exchange for left-hander Joe Saunders.

He was expected to help the defending American League West champions in defense of their title, but has instead gone 2-4 in eight starts as Los Angeles has plummeted to third in the division and 9 1/2 games behind first- place Texas.

The Californian tossed seven scoreless innings in a hard-luck no-decision in an Aug. 31 start at Seattle, scattering seven hits and striking out eight in the Angels' 3-1 loss to the Mariners.

He was effective over six innings in a 12-3 defeat of Tampa Bay one start earlier while allowing three hits and a run on Aug. 25.

In eight starts with the Angels, he's posted a 3.50 earned run average after racking up a 4.60 ERA in 21 starts with Arizona to begin the season.

Lifetime against Cleveland, Haren is 2-2 in six starts.

For the Indians, right-hander Carlos Carrasco makes his second start of 2010 and seventh of his career while still seeking his first big-league win.

The 23-year-old Venezuelan made his season debut on Sept. 1 against the Chicago White Sox and got a no-decision in the Indians' 6-4 loss after surrendering six hits and three runs in 7 1/3 innings.

He reached the majors with five starts last season and was 0-4 while posting an 8.87 ERA in 22 1/3 innings, giving up 40 hits and 23 runs.

Carrasco has never faced the Angels.

On Sunday in Seattle, Russell Branyan homered and drove in two runs to back eight scoreless innings by Felix Hernandez as the Mariners topped Cleveland, 3-0, in the last of four games between the clubs from Safeco Field.

Jeanmar Gomez (3-3) allowed seven hits and two runs over six full frames in defeat for the Indians, who have lost six of eight.

In Oakland, Bobby Abreu drove in three runs and scored three times as the Angels took down the Athletics, 7-4, to avoid a three-game sweep at the Oakland Coliseum.

Abreu and Mike Napoli each homered for Los Angeles, which ended a six-game road trip with a 3-3 mark. Hideki Matsui and Torii Hunter had an RBI apiece.

Ervin Santana (15-9) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over six innings to improve to 5-1 over his last six starts. The right-hander also walked four batters and fanned three.

The Angels took two of three at home over the Indians back in April and have won six of the last eight overall meetings.

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