• Summary: Gary Matthews' tiebreaking eighth-inning homer was the decisive blow in the Angels' 3-2 comeback victory against the Indians.
• Turning point: Trailing 2-0 in the seventh, the Angels broke through against starter Paul Byrd when Kendry Morales hit a pitch into the right-field seats for a two-run blast.
• Unsung heroes: Dustin Moseley (3-0) earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief, and closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.
• Figure this: Morales' shot was his first of the season and first since July 3 at Seattle.
• Quotable: "There were some things that we didn't execute very well. The home runs made up for it." -- Angels
manager Mike Scioscia.-- ESPN.com news services
Angels 3, Indians 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Barely settled in after being recalled
from the minors a day earlier, Kendry Morales made an immediate
He hit a two-run homer, Gary Matthews Jr. added a solo shot and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing skid with
their fourth come-from-behind win.
Morales tied the game 2-2 in the seventh. He sent a 2-0 pitch
from starter Paul Byrd into the right-field seats, scoring Erick
Aybar, who led off with a single.
"After he fell behind 2-0 with off-speed, I was definitely
sitting on a fastball," Morales said through a translator. "I was
hoping to put a good swing on it and come back well and I did."
Morales is on his second stint with the Angels this season. He
appeared in two games in April, including a start as designated
hitter. This time, he took the roster spot of reliever Justin
Speier, who went on the 15-day DL Tuesday because of a non-baseball
Morales would like to stick around longer.
"I needed to do something to help the team out because the team
hasn't been playing very well in first place," he said. "It's
even more important for my confidence that [the homer] came at that
moment, a very opportune time for the team. You kind of see
yourself in those situations, you visualize helping the team out.
Thank God, I connected."
Dustin Moseley (3-0) allowed one hit in two innings of relief,
helping the Angels secure their AL-leading 13th home win.
"He's just been lights-out wherever we put him in," Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's a big addition to our staff this
year and gives us more depth."
Matthews greeted Fernando Cabrera (1-2) in the eighth with his
third homer of the season, hitting the first pitch into the same
area Morales did for the go-ahead run.
"It was a big hit for Kendry. Jered kept us in the ballgame. We
battled the whole way and that's good to see," Scioscia said.
"There were some things that we didn't execute very well. The home
runs made up for it."
"We did a real good job against Weaver those first couple of
innings," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "Then he got a little
bit better and we got a little bit worse. He took it to us after
that. That sixth inning killed us -- bases loaded, one out and we
can't put the ball in play."
Trailing 2-0, Weaver pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the
sixth, working Josh Barfield to a 3-2 count before getting a called
third strike on a breaking ball to end the inning.
"I knew if I threw a slider in there for a strike anywhere near
the zone that I'd have a good chance at it," Weaver said. "He
looked at it and it was strike three. It was good to keep us in the
Byrd gave up at least one hit in each of the seven innings he
pitched against his former team.
"I look at it as a good start, but I'm very disappointed
because I had that game won," he said. "The way that inning
worked out was very frustrating. I fell behind Morales and tried to
throw a fastball away, but I pulled it a little bit and it ended up
in, and that's his favorite spot."
The Angels' 40 double plays lead the AL and they turned two in
the game -- one with Weaver on the mound -- but their offense
sputtered through the first six innings. They failed to advance a
runner past second and managed just three doubles during that
Morales' homer was his first of the season and first since July 3 at Seattle. ... Martinez has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, with two homers and 13 RBIs. His 27 RBIs leads the Indians. ... The Angels are 15-1 when Matthews
scores a run. ... The Angels' Vladimir Guerrero went 2-for-4 with two doubles.