CLEVELAND (AP) -The
Los Angeles Angels
are relentless, especially when handed extra opportunities.
earned his fourth straight win,
tied his team record of 47 saves and the Angels took advantage of four Cleveland errors to defeat the Indians 4-3 Saturday.
Lackey (10-2) pitched six innings to remain unbeaten in his last six starts. The Angels added to baseball's best record and
avoided their first three-game losing streak since June.
Lackey gave the Angels five starters with 10 or more wins for the first time in team history. He joined
(10) in double figures.
''It's definitely pretty cool,'' Lackey said. ''It means you have a chance to win a lot of games.''
Rodriguez yielded a single to
to open the ninth, then got three quick outs - two on strikeouts - to match his saves mark set in 2006. The All-Star closer
narrowly escaped a second consecutive blown save when
lined a 2-2 pitch inches foul with pinch-runner
on second and two outs. Garko fanned on a 3-2 offering in the dirt.
''That was close, but that's the way it goes sometimes, an inch here or there,'' Garko said. ''He's a good pitcher, but I've
got to do a better job with first base open and a 3-2 pitch. I have to figure he's not going to challenge me. He threw a changeup
or split. I went after it. I shouldn't have.''
Rodriguez bounced back from his fifth blown save on Wednesday, when he yielded three runs to Seattle and drew his first career
extended his hitting streak to 20 games with two singles to help Los Angeles improve to 19-7 since the All-Star break.
Lackey allowed three runs and six hits, including a solo homer by
in the first and a two-run shot by Garko in the fourth.
''I was only upset about the second (homer),'' Lackey said. ''It was a dumb pitch.''
gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs in the seventh, then stranded all three runners to maintain
a 4-3 lead. He fanned
, got Garko when shortstop
made a leaping catch of his blooper in short left, and retired pinch-hitter
on a one-hopper back to the mound.
''He always does something out there the normal person can't do,'' Oliver said about Aybar's acrobatic catch.
said that despite the fine play, his hitters should have capitalized.
''That was some kind of play he made, but you've got to get at least one run across there,'' Wedge said. ''As bad as we played,
we still had opportunities and didn't take advantage.''
pitched a scoreless eighth to set up Rodriguez.
The Angels manufactured a first-inning run off
beat out an infield hit off Carmona's glove, went to second on an error by Peralta at shortstop, third on a wild pitch and
scored on a groundout by
Carmona had not allowed an earned run to the Angels in 11 2-3 career innings.
Two more Indians errors and another wild pitch helped give the Angels a 4-1 lead in the third.
''It was pretty ugly out there,'' Wedge said. ''I don't think you can play worse than we did early on.''
Aybar drew a one-out walk and went to third on a single by
. Right fielder
's throw trying to get Aybar skipped past third baseman
for an error, scoring Aybar and putting Teixeira on third.
Marte then threw away a grounder by Guerrero as Teixeira scored. Guerrero went to second on the error, stole third and scored
on Carmona's second wild pitch.
Teixeira, acquired July 30 from Atlanta, went 1-for-2 with two walks and is hitting .429 (18-for-42) with four homers and
13 RBIs over his last 11 games.
Carmona, a 19-game winner in 2007 who missed two months this year with a strained left hip, dropped to 1-3 in five starts
since being activated July 26. He didn't get a strikeout for the second time in 54 career starts. He had zero strikeouts against
Kansas City on May 22, 2007.
The right-hander said the errors didn't rattle him.
''They are part of the game,'' Carmona said. ''There are days guys catch the ball and help you. It didn't affect my concentration.
I could not let that happen.''
and the late
, who each played and managed for Cleveland, were inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame in pregame ceremonies. ... The Indians
wore replica uniforms from 1948, when Gordon helped them to their last World Series title. ... The game was telecast at the
ballpark in black and white and the scoreboard gave minimal information as it would have 60 years ago at old Cleveland Stadium.
... Anderson has hit .386 (32-for-83) during his streak. He hit safely in 28 straight games in 1998. ... Shoppach fanned three
times and has 18 strikeouts in his last 34 at-bats. He's in a 3-for-31 (.097) slump. ... Francisco has hit .354 (23-for-65)
in his last 16 games.