CLEVELAND (AP) -
to make sure Los Angeles' closer never got a chance.
Lewis worked out of a ninth-inning jam for his third save to help the
beat the Angels 4-3 in the deciding game of a three-game series Sunday.
It was the Angels' first series loss to an AL opponent since a three-game sweep in Tampa Bay from May 9-11. They hadn't lost
any series since dropping two of three interleague games to the
Los Angeles Dodgers
from June 27-29.
''You set the standard so high and you lose one series and ask 'what's wrong,' '' Angels outfielder
said. ''That's what we're saying. We've been riding the wave so long. We have to get another wave.''
One key to the Angels having baseball's best record (76-46) has been Rodriguez. The right-hander has 47 saves and is on track
to shatter the record of 57 by
Chicago White Sox
(2-6) gave up eight hits but only two earned runs over 6 2-3 innings for his first win in five starts. He again struggled
in the first inning, allowing two runs. In 15 starts, Sowers has given up 15 runs in the opening inning.
''We got timely hitting and good relief work,'' Sowers said after earning his first home win in 13 starts at Progressive Field
since beating Detroit on Aug. 25, 2006.
The left-hander has his former Vanderbilt teammate to thank for it.
''This was just like college,'' Lewis said. ''Jeremy would start and I would finish. I told him during the anthem, 'I'm going
to come in and save it for you.
''But if he doesn't pitch like he did, we don't have the chance to win. He did a great job.''
So did Lewis and
, who struck out three over 1 1-3 perfect innings.
blooped a single in front of center fielder
to open the ninth against Lewis.
ran for Rivera and was sacrificed to second by pinch-hitter
singled Matthews to third before Lewis got
on an infield popout and
to foul out to left field.
''You talk about the definition of a save and that's it,'' Indians manager
said. ''Lewis showed a lot of moxie out there. We were playing 'no doubles' on defense, so that first ball drops in. Jensen
had to bow his neck and that's what he did.''
Cleveland took a 4-3 lead in the sixth against
hit a leadoff double and was sacrificed to third. Sizemore then fought off an inside fastball that jammed him, blooping an
RBI single to right-center.
The Angels had scored 164 runs in their previous 26 games and quickly added to that total.
Singles by Figgins, Aybar and
to open the game gave them a 1-0 lead. When Teixeira's soft single to center hopped past Sizemore for an error, the runners
went to second and third. Aybar then scored on a grounder by
, though Teixeira was out trying for third.
had three singles for his first three-hit game since April 29. His two-out, two-run single off
with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first tied it at 2.
The Indians scored once in the third. With
on third base and two outs,
checked his swing and hit a high bouncer over Saunders' head for an RBI single. Carroll scored easily as Saunders stumbled
while going for the ball and his left shoulder collided with second baseman
''It tightened up a little bit, but I'm not coming out of the game because of something like that,'' Saunders said. ''It should
be fine. I'm not planning on missing my next start.''
Figgins singled to start the fifth and eventually scored an unearned run on a passed ball by Fasano to tie it at 3.
Saunders wasn't as sharp as he's been in earning a team-high 14 wins. The lefty left after five innings with a 3-3 tie, though
he remained unbeaten in his last six starts. He gave up three runs and eight hits - the 11th consecutive start in which has
not allowed more than three earned runs.
Notes: The Angels fell to 53-9 when scoring first. ... Indians OF
went 2-for-4 for his eighth two-hit game in his last nine starts. ... Indians DH
(weak right shoulder) and 2B
(middle finger surgery, left hand) will start injury rehab assignments at Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. ... C
(right elbow surgery) went 2-for-4 with a homer as the DH at Double-A Akron on Sunday and will transfer his rehab work to
Buffalo on Tuesday. ... Angels OF
, on a 20-game hitting streak, got a day off. ... With the Angels headed to Tampa Bay on Monday, manager
has kept on eye on Tropical Storm Fay, due to hit Florida. ''I'm sure in the next 48 hours we'll have a lot better feel for
what's happening,'' Scioscia said. Last April, the Angels had a three-game series moved from Cleveland to Milwaukee because
of a blizzard.