Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Angels won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 2
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Game 2: Saturday, June 3
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Game 3: Sunday, June 4
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Angels 14

(25-31, 13-17 away)

Indians 2

(28-28, 17-13 home)

8:05 PM ET, June 4, 2006

Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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W: J. Lackey (4-3)

L: C. Sabathia (5-2)

Angels' bats back up Lackey's gem in blowout win

CLEVELAND (AP) -- John Lackey and the Los Angeles Angels made it look easy.

Lackey allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, Vladimir Guerrero hit one of three homers off Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia and the Angels routed the Indians 14-2 on Sunday night.

"When you go against a guy like (Sabathia), you better be on your game," said Lackey (4-3), who won for the first time in seven starts since April 26.

"It's very rare that you'll get that many runs against a quality pitcher like him. You better be ready to throw up some zeros."

Lackey did just that and more, not allowing a hit until Jason Michaels' fourth-inning single. The other hit off the right-hander, who walked four and struck out four, was a single by Ben Broussard in the seventh.

Travis Hafner reached on catcher's interference in the second inning but was erased on one of three double plays turned by Los Angeles.

Kendry Morales had three hits and three RBI for the Angels, who took two of three in the series and have won eight of 11. Los Angeles has won four consecutive series after going winless in its previous eight.

"It's good to see our bats come alive," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "And we pitched well against a team that is terrific offensively."

The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Sabathia (5-2), who had complete games in his two previous starts. The left-hander was 14-2 with a 1.97 ERA since Aug. 5 and had surrendered only five earned runs in his last 40 innings.

"You look back to last year, C.C. has been as good as a starting pitcher can be," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He was just missing, but more towards the middle of the plate."

Chone Figgins opened the game by hitting a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left for his third homer for Los Angeles. Two outs later, Guerrero reached down and pulled a low pitch out to left for his 16th homer -- despite breaking his bat.

"That's the first time I ever hit a homer with a broken bat," said Guerrero, who has 37 RBI in his last 37 games.

Sabathia wasn't surprised by Guerrero hammering a low-and-away changeup.

"Vlady is Vlady," Sabathia said. "He swings at anything. He hit that ball hard, but he does that all the time."

Tim Salmon followed with a single and scored on Morales' double to left-center. Grady Sizemore got to Morales' flyball with a leaping effort, but dropped it when he crashed into the wall.

In the second, Figgins drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored on a single by Orlando Cabrera. A sacrifice fly by Juan Rivera and two-run homer by Mike Napoli, his third, made it 7-0 in the third.

"Those homers to Figgins and the catcher (Napoli), I put those pitches over the plate," Sabathia said. "I got two strikes on them and couldn't put them away."

Sabathia gave up seven runs, eight hits and four walks over five innings in his worst outing since allowing eight runs in only 2 1-3 innings at Oakland on July 25.

Morales had a two-run double and Rivera a two-run single off Jason Davis in the sixth to make it 11-0.

Pinch-hitter Dallas McPherson hit his ninth homer in the eighth off Guillermo Mota, who allowed three runs in 1 2-3 innings.

Victor Martinez and Ben Broussard hit back-to-back homers off Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth. It was Martinez's sixth homer and first since April 27. Broussard has eight homers.

Game notes


Angels pitchers have a 2.49 ERA at Jacobs Field since 2001, the best of any team. ... Cabrera had two hits and has reached base safely in 35 consecutive games. ... Indians SS Jhonny Peralta went 0-for-3 and is in a 1-for-19 slump. ... Mota has allowed nine homers in 24 2-3 innings. ... All fans 14 and under got a hand puppet resembling Sabathia.

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