Series: Game 1 of 4

Anaheim leads 1-0 (as of 6/3)

Game 1: Thursday, June 3
Game 2: Friday, June 4
Game 3: Saturday, June 5
Game 4: Sunday, June 6

Indians 2

(22-29, 6-16 away)

Angels 5

(33-20, 18-7 home)

    10:05 PM ET, June 3, 2004

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: K. Escobar (4-2)

    L: C. Lee (5-1)

    Angels deal Indians' Lee first loss

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- When the Anaheim Angels signed Raul Mondesi last week after he left Pittsburgh, they knew he had plenty left to give a contender.

    He homered and threw out a runner at the plate to help the Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Thursday night for their third straight victory.

    "You're not going to get too many guys who play as hard as Mondi," said manager Mike Scioscia, whose association with Mondesi goes back to Scioscia's coaching days with the Dodgers. "This guy gives everything he has on every play. He fits right in with this group of guys."

    Scioscia watched from the clubhouse. He was suspended along with pitcher John Lackey. The two were ejected from a May 24 game at Toronto after Lackey threw consecutive pitches inside to Simon Pond. Lackey received five games, but is appealing.

    Bench coach Joe Maddon ran the Angels in Scioscia's absence for the first time since he managed the final 29 games of the 1999 season after Terry Collins' resignation.

    "Joe knows this club as well as I do and he knows the pitching staff as well as Buddy Black, so we knew he'd do a great job," Scioscia said.

    Anaheim got a two-run triple from Jose Guillen and two-out RBI singles from Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero to hand AL ERA leader Cliff Lee his first loss of the season. The Angels have scored a major league-best 125 runs with two outs.

    "It's something we preach, and guys really concentrate well in those situations," Maddon said. "It's a mental thing, where you keep grinding out the at-bat regardless of the count. Furthermore, a lot of the big boys have been coming up in those spots and they've really delivered."

    Kelvim Escobar (4-2) allowed eight hits over eight innings with six strikeouts. Cleveland's only run against him came in the seventh, when Ronnie Belliard led off with a bloop single and scored on Alex Escobar's double-play grounder with the bases loaded.

    "The think about Kelvim is that he has among the top breaking-ball repertoires in the American League," Maddon said. "With his slider, curveball, split and his changeup, he has as good an arsenal as anybody. And he used them all tonight."

    Escobar got a lift in the fourth inning from Mondesi, who threw out Victor Martinez at the plate from right-center after a two-out bloop single by Travis Hafner.

    "It's always great when you get a defensive play like that," Escobar said. "He was kind of shallow, and I know Martinez can't run that well, so I knew we had a shot to get him at home plate."

    Mondesi, a two-time Gold Glove winner, was playing his fourth game with the Angels after he left the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this month and had his contract terminated. He led off the sixth with his third homer of the season.

    "They've got everything you could possibly want in a ballclub -- guys who hit for power, contact hitters, pitching, speed and defense. That's why they're tough," Cleveland's Casey Blake said.

    Lee (5-1) allowed three runs and 10 hits over 6 1-3 innings, increasing his ERA from 2.87 to 3.27.

    David Eckstein, 5-for-5 Wednesday night against Boston, extended his career-best hitting streak to 18 games with a two-out double in the third and scored on a single by Figgins. But Eckstein strained his right hamstring on the way to the plate and had to leave the game.

    "We'll evaluate it on a daily basis, but we're obviously going to be very conservative with this and take it slow -- especially as important as Eck's legs are for range at shortstop and leading off, getting on base and having to run," Scioscia said.

    Game notes

    Guerrero, who drove in a club-record nine runs Wednesday, leads the AL with 50 RBI. ... Kelvim Escobar pitched to his cousin, Alex Escobar, for the first time in the majors. Alex was 0-for-3 against him. ... It was the first time Scioscia missed a game in his four-plus seasons in Anaheim. ... The crowd of 39,353 pushed the Angels' home attendance total to 1,017,697 in 25 games to reach the million mark, the fastest in franchise history. ... Bengie and Jose Molina, the only brother catching combination in the majors, got to see brother Yadier's big league debut with St. Louis Cardinals on the video board while doing their pregame stretching. Yadier had two hits and scored a run. ... Angels closer Troy Percival wasn't available, having had a cortisone shot earlier in the day because of inflammation in his right elbow.

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