Scores three runs on just one hit in third


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Rookie Jody Gerut drove in two runs, and C.C.
Sabathia pitched out of trouble early as the Cleveland Indians
defeated the reeling Anaheim Angels 3-1 Sunday.

Anaheim lost for the sixth time in seven games, fell to 5-20
since the All-Star break and had another key player from last
year's championship team injured.

Outfielder Tim Salmon fouled a ball off his left shin during
batting practice and was taken for tests.

The Angels already have center fielder Darin Erstad, third
baseman Troy Glaus and designated hitter Brad Fullmer on the
disabled list.

Cleveland won its third in a row as Sabathia (10-7) allowed one
run and four hits over 5 2-3 innings, twice getting out of early
jams. The left-hander walked four, struck out seven and improved to
2-4 over his last six starts.

Jack Cressend pitched two scoreless innings before leaving with
two on and two outs in the eighth. Rafael Betancourt got the final
out of the eighth and worked a perfect ninth for his first career

Anaheim loaded the bases with none out in the third on a walk to
Eric Owens and consecutive bunt singles by David Eckstein and Chone
Figgins -- but managed only one run.

Sabathia got Garret Anderson to hit into a double play, scoring
Owens. Scott Spiezio then grounded out.

Cleveland scored three unearned runs on one hit in the third
against John Lackey (7-11).

Tim Laker walked, Jhonny Peralta was hit by a pitch and John
McDonald was safe when Lackey mishandled his sacrifice bunt for an

Coco Crisp hit a one-hopper to Lackey, who forced Laker at the
plate, though his off-line throw prevented catcher Bengie Molina
from turning a double play and kept the bases loaded.

Peralta scored on a slow groundout to second by Angel Santos to
tie the score, and Gerut made it 3-1 with a bloop single to

Sabathia also escaped trouble in the first. After walking
Eckstein and Figgins to open the game, he got Anderson to pop to
third and struck out Spiezio and Robb Quinlan.

Lackey dropped to 0-3 in five starts since the All-Star break.
The right-hander gave up 16 earned runs in his previous two
outings, but allowed only four hits and the three unearned runs
over seven innings this time. He walked two and struck out six.

Gerut was called out on an appeal play in the seventh. He
doubled and attempted to tag up and advance on a fly ball by Ben
Broussard. The Angels appealed the play, and second-base umpire
Mike Everitt ruled Gerut left the base too soon.

Game notes
OF Milton Bradley, whose .321 average leads Cleveland,
missed his second straight game with a stiff back. ... Angels DH
Shawn Wooten snapped an 0-for-17 streak with a seventh-inning
single. ... Lackey is 1-7 in road games. ... Mike Rupp, who scored
the winning goal for the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup
finals, threw out the first pitch. Rupp grew up in the Cleveland
suburb of Brunswick.