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Indians end Lackey's scoreless streak, Angels win streak

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- John Lackey is using the locker that Paul Byrd occupied in Los Angeles' clubhouse last season. The Angels
might wish they still had both pitchers.

Byrd threw six strong innings to help end Los Angeles'
eight-game winning streak, Ben Broussard hit a two-run homer that
snapped Lackey's scoreless string at 30 2/3 innings, and the
Cleveland Indians stopped their own five-game skid with a 6-4
victory Wednesday.

Byrd (7-6) allowed three runs, 10 hits and no walks over six
innings to improve his career record against the Angels to 3-0,
including a three-hit shutout for Kansas City in 2002. The
right-hander started against his ex-teammates for the first time
since signing a two-year, $14 million contract with the Indians in
December.

"I tell people I'm not good enough to stick in one place too
long, but I'm not bad enough to retire. I just kind of get the job
done and somehow stay consistent," Byrd said. "This meant a lot
to me. I've got such a fondness in my heart for this place because
of the fans and the people in that organization. I was just happy
to be back on this mound. It felt a little bit like home."

Byrd spent only one season in Anaheim, going 12-11 with a 3.74
ERA in 31 starts and reaching the 200-inning mark for the second
time in his career. He recorded 22 quality starts, second-most in
the AL behind Johan Santana's 24 with Minnesota, and was the lone
pitcher to beat the World Series champion White Sox in last year's
postseason.

"Paul had a terrific year for us and he fit right in," Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think we're all disappointed that
we couldn't get Paul back, but players move on and it's part of the
game."

Juan Rivera homered in the fourth for the Angels, his 14th this
season and eighth in 15 games -- including the two he hit during
Tuesday night's 7-5 victory. Vladimir Guerrero had a pair of RBI
singles.

"Facing his former team, they obviously know him and he knows
them, so that's even a tougher battle," Cleveland manager Eric
Wedge said. "But Birdie's going to give you a quality effort and
give you a chance to win the ballgame. That's what he did all year
last year."

Aaron Boone also homered and Jhonny Peralta hit a go-ahead
single for Cleveland. Bob Wickman worked the ninth for his 15th
save in 18 attempts.

Right fielder Casey Blake preserved Byrd's 5-3 lead in the sixth
with a sensational, diving grab of Chone Figgins' slicing fly
toward the line with two on.

"Casey Blake plays so hard," Byrd said. "He's had a pulled
oblique muscle for the last couple of weeks, and for him to run
after the ball and dive like that ... I mean, if he misses it,
Figgins can make that an inside-the-park home run.

"I saw Casey running after it and I thought he's got no chance.
I put my hands on my head like, 'Oh, no.' But Casey took a gamble
right there and made the catch. I'm still amazed. The whole game
came down to that play."

Lackey (8-6) gave up five runs and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings
after throwing consecutive shutouts against Oakland (one-hitter)
and Tampa Bay (five-hitter). The right-hander, trying for his
fourth straight double-digit strikeout game, fanned seven and
walked five while working with runners on base each inning.

"I told you 100 times that I don't care about the consecutive
streak. I'm just trying to win games," Lackey said.

Lackey threw 45 of his 107 pitches during the first two innings
and stranded five baserunners. His luck ran out in the fifth, when
Cleveland scored five runs for a 5-2 lead.

Broussard was 1-for-14 lifetime against Lackey before his tying
homer, which came after a walk to Victor Martinez. Broussard's 12th
of the season was only the second homer given up by Lackey in his
last seven starts. And it left Lackey 5 1/3 innings short of the
club record for consecutive scoreless innings, set by Jim
McGlothlin in 1967.

Peralta gave the Indians a 4-2 lead with his third straight hit,
a two-run single that landed just inside the right-field line.
Rookie Joe Inglett capped the rally with a run-scoring single, his
first RBI in the majors.

"It was great to see our guys put a big inning together against
arguably the hottest pitcher in the American League right now,"
Wedge said.

Boone's fifth homer made it 6-3 in the seventh against Brendan
Donnelly.

Wedge was ejected in the ninth by Ed Montague after the plate
umpire reversed a call from a swinging strike to a foul tip. It was
Wedge's third ejection this season.

Game notes
Rookie Mike Napoli started behind the plate in both of
Lackey's shutouts. Jose Molina was the starting catcher in this
one. ... Cleveland 2B Ronnie Belliard departed with an injured left
hamstring after beating out an infield single in the fifth. ...
Inglett started in CF and in the leadoff spot in place of Grady
Sizemore, who was the only player to start each of Cleveland's
first 93 games. ... Sizemore singled as a pinch-hitter in the
eighth, extending his consecutive games streak to 128. The last
player to start every game of a 162-game season for the Indians was
Joe Carter in 1989.