Series: Game 4 of 4

Cleveland won 3-1

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

Indians 7

(25-29, 9-16 away)

Angels 0

(33-23, 18-10 home)

    4:05 PM ET, June 6, 2004

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: C. Sabathia (3-3)

    L: B. Colon (4-4)

    Sabathia holds Angels hitless into sixth

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- C.C. Sabathia definitely was thinking about a no-hitter -- after getting three outs.

    "Anyone who tells you they don't know they're pitching a no-hitter is lying. I knew it from the first inning," the Cleveland Indians' left-hander said Sunday after holding the Anaheim Angels hitless until the sixth inning of a 7-0 victory.

    Sabathia (3-3) won for the first time in four starts, allowing four hits in seven innings. He struck out six, walked two and left with a seven-run lead.

    "The last couple of times, I tried to nibble too much," he said. "This time I tried to go out and be aggressive. In my previous starts, I'd give up some hits and get guys on base and I'd get discouraged."

    He had no reason to be discouraged this time.

    Chone Figgins got Anaheim's first hit with one out in the sixth, a hard-hit grounder up the middle just beyond the reach of shortstop Omar Vizquel.

    The other three hits off Sabathia also were singles.

    "He's got a terrific arm, and a good fastball," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. "We had a couple of balls hit hard at people, but other than that he didn't let us do much."

    Sabathia gave up 15 runs and 26 hits in 19 2-3 innings in his three previous starts.

    "He had tremendous focus today," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "He had a strong changeup and he mixed and matched it with his fastball."

    Sabathia enjoyed keeping the Angels off balance.

    "I like to see people swing and miss at my changeup. It's funny because everyone is looking for my fastball," he said.

    Vizquel hit a two-run homer, and Victor Martinez and Ronnie Belliard each doubled home a pair of runs against Bartolo Colon (4-4).

    David Riske and Matt Miller finished the five-hitter, Cleveland's third straight win and third shutout of the season.

    The AL West-leading Angels lost the final three games of the four-game series.

    Martinez doubled in two runs in the first inning, Vizquel hit his third homer in the fourth, and Belliard added a two-run double in the fifth to chase the struggling Colon.

    He fell to 0-2 in his last five starts. Colon gave up seven runs on nine hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings, striking out only one and throwing 89 pitches.

    The right-hander has gone into a tailspin after a strong start. He won four of his first six decisions with the Angels after signing a $51 million, four-year contract in the offseason.

    He lasted only four innings in his previous start, giving up four runs and eight hits and getting a no-decision in the Angels' 7-6 win over Boston.

    "He doesn't seem like the same guy I came up watching in the (Indians') organization," Sabathia said. "You can't say he's hurt, because he's still throwing 94 mph.

    "But it makes you wonder a little bit about him."

    Game notes

    Anaheim placed RHP Troy Percival on the 15-day disabled list. The closer has inflammation in his right elbow. ... Angels CF Garret Anderson, on the DL since April 28 became of arthritis in his upper back, will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. ... Cleveland RHP Joe Dawley, who left in the fifth inning of Saturday's 3-2 win because of a sore right elbow, will be re-evaluated when the Indians return home Monday. His next scheduled start would be Saturday at home against Cincinnati. ... Angels RHP Kelvim Escobar and LHP Jarrod Washburn will switch spots in the rotation because Washburn has some tightness in his upper left leg. Escobar will pitch Tuesday against Milwaukee, and Washburn will go Wednesday.

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