Belliard gave Cleveland the lead with his first homer of the
season, a three-run shot in the eighth inning off Francisco
Rodriguez, and the Indians rallied from four runs down to beat the
Anaheim Angels 9-6 Friday night.
David Riske (2-2) got the win with an eventful inning of one-hit
relief, after Guillen homered on the right-hander's 3-0 pitch in
the seventh to increase Anaheim's lead to 6-4.
Riske didn't like the way Guillen left the batter's box, and he
shouted at Guillen as he rounded the bases. Guillen kept glaring at
Riske with his mouth shut before crossing the plate. Both dugouts
and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown.
"Guillen crushed the ball, and I just felt like I was shown up
a little bit," Riske said. "But it's no big deal. We got our team
fired up and got the win, and that's what I'm happy about."
Guillen has had his share of staredowns with opposing pitchers
because of the way they pitch him inside -- he's been hit seven
times this season. But this was a little different.
"I saw him staring at me. I just didn't like the way he was
looking at me. I don't know if it was because I swung on 3-0 or
because of the way I was running the bases," Guillen said.
"The problem is right now that people are going to look at it
like I'm the bad guy," added Guillen, who saw the replay in the
clubhouse after the game. "They'll watch it on TV and see Jose
Guillen staring at the pitcher. They don't show him staring at
Travis Hafner, who was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI,
greeted Rodriguez (1-1) with a leadoff single in the eighth, and
Ben Broussard was hit in the foot by a pitch one out later.
Belliard then drove a 2-1 slider into the left-field bullpen to put
"I was just trying to get a base hit," Belliard said. "My
at-bat before that, they threw me a lot of fastballs and finished
with a slider. So I went up there looking for one pitch. He hung it
and I hit it good."
Rodriguez had not allowed a home run this season in 29 innings
before this appearance. He interrupted his warmup throws in the
bullpen to join his teammates on the field after Guillen's homer,
but wouldn't use that as an excuse for what happened to him.
"My stuff was the same," Rodriguez said. "But when you don't
make your pitch, they're going to hurt you -- especially when you're
behind in the count."
Batterymate Jose Molina is confident that Rodriguez will shake
off this defeat quickly.
"You don't expect someone like Frankie, with his slider, to
leave the ball hanging. But that happens sometimes," said Molina,
who threw out two runners trying to steal and picked another off
first base. "He's not perfect. But it's nothing to worry about.
He's going to come back tomorrow and do his thing."
Casey Blake added a two-run homer in the ninth against Ben Weber
after a walk to Hafner.
Mondesi, who homered and threw out a runner at the plate
Thursday night in the opener of this four-game series, leaped above
the fence in left-center in the fourth inning to pull back Alex
Indians starter Jason Davis allowed five runs -- four earned --
and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Cleveland narrowed the gap to 5-4 in the fifth with an RBI
double by Victor Martinez and a two-run single by Hafner, who led
off the second with his eighth home run. All but one of his 41 RBI
have come as a designated hitter, the most by any DH in the majors.
Anaheim responded in its half of the second with an RBI triple
by Figgins, who scored on Jeff DaVanon's single for a 4-1 lead.
Davis threw a pitch behind Vladimir Guerrero's head, but it
struck the bat for a foul ball. ... DaVanon, a reserve outfielder
who got a chance to play regularly because of Garret Anderson's
back problems, has hit safely in a career-best nine straight games.
... Angels SS and leadoff hitter David Eckstein sat out after
straining his right hamstring Thursday night.