ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -The
Los Angeles Angels
came up with just enough offense to overcome one of
's worst outings of the season and a subpar outing by their bullpen.
had four hits with a career-high six RBIs, including his first grand slam in the majors, and
had a career-best five hits for the AL West leaders in a 14-11 victory over the
''Everybody came out swinging today and we were making solid contact,'' said
, who had four hits and drove in three runs. ''It seemed like we had runners in scoring position all day. We were getting
pitches out over the plate to hit, and guys weren't missing. Our pitchers have been carrying us for a while, but it looks
like our bats are waking up a little bit.''
The Angels padded their AL West lead to 10 games over Oakland with a season-high 19-hit attack. Kendrick equaled a franchise
record with three doubles and raised his average to .341.
''Right now I'm just feeling good and trying to ride it out,'' said the Angels' second baseman, who returned to the lineup
on May 30 after missing 42 games with a strained left hamstring.
''When you're coming back off an injury, you've just got to see pitches and get that confidence back. I'm feeling very good
in the box right now, I'm seeing the ball pretty well and I think I'm being a little more patient. And whenever you do that,
guys have to throw you strikes. So you'll get pitches to hit.''
It was the first time in Angels history that three players each had four or more hits in the same game. Mathis added a two-run
double in the sixth and Kendrick capped the Angels' scoring binge with a two-run single in the seventh.
''Nobody had been really hot yet for us, so you figured it was just a matter of time until things clicked,'' said Gary Matthews
Jr., who had two RBIs. ''Our pitching has been so good this year, and now we're finally starting to swing the bats the way
we're capable of.''
Kotchman, the son of longtime Angels scout and minor league manager Tom Kotchman, raised his average to .289. He is third
on the club with 48 RBIs and leads the Angels with 24 doubles.
''Kotch has been great for us all year,'' Lackey said. ''He's a smart hitter and he's been around the game forever because
of his dad, so he really understands situations. And I think that helps him a lot.''
Lackey (8-2) allowed six runs and eight hits over five innings, but was able to call it quits with a 10-6 lead after his teammates
scored five runs in the fifth. The six runs were the most allowed by the right-hander in any of his 77 career victories.
Lackey is 2-1 with a 7.60 ERA in his last four starts, after allowing no more than two earned runs in eight of his previous
nine outings this season. He threw 32 of his 99 pitches during Cleveland's two-run first.
''He obviously didn't have his best stuff today, but he kept battling through it,'' Mathis said of his batterymate. ''He got
through five today, and luckily we were able to put some runs on the board for him. It's always nice when you can help your
Somehow out of all this chaos,
ended up with his major league-leading 42nd save after
gave up a two-out RBI double in the ninth to
''We fought hard, we just didn't win,'' Cleveland's
said. ''It's not a wasted effort, but it's still not what we wanted as far as the outcome.''
(5-7) pitched four-plus innings, allowing eight runs and 12 hits. The Indians had a 6-5 lead when the left-hander departed
with the bases loaded and none out in the fifth.
''His stuff was a little bit better, but he was still erratic,'' manager
said. ''He was working from behind, and when he does come in, he hasn't shown the command that he used to show to throw a
quality strike and get guys out. He's got some work to do.''
, making his first appearance since July 13, relieved Laffey and forced in the tying run with a walk to Matthews. Mathis drove
the right-hander's next pitch to left-center for his eighth homer of the season and second in two days.
''Tom hadn't been out there in a while, but that's the role he's in right now and he just didn't have it today,'' Wedge said.
Mathis' grand slam was the 10th given up by the Cleveland staff, the most in the majors, and the most by the Indians in one
season since the club began keeping track in 1951.
hit a two-run homer that gave Cleveland a 4-2 lead in the fourth. He added a two-run single in the eighth that cut the Angels'
lead to 14-10. Sizemore added his 25th home run, one more than he had in 162 games last year.
Notes: The Angels' 10-game margin is their largest since Aug. 16, 1995, when they had a 10 1/2-game cushion. ... The 19 hits
allowed by the Indians were a season high. ... The Angels' pitching staff has held opponents' pinch-hitters to only three
hits in 55 at-bats this season. ... Dellucci,
were hit by pitches. The Indians have been plunked a major league-high 63 times. Last season, opposing pitchers hit 80 Cleveland
batters to set a franchise record.