ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jarrod Washburn had to wait until his
104th start for his first complete-game victory in the major
leagues. It took only 2 hours, 1 minute to finish.
Washburn pitched a six-hitter, and the Anaheim Angels got all
their runs on homers from Garret Anderson, Bengie Molina and Adam
Kennedy to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 Tuesday night.
Washburn struck out five and walked two. The left-hander
finished the ninth inning with runners on second and third, and
Troy Percival warming up in the bullpen.
"He's never really said much about it, except for those games
where he comes close -- when he comes in and says, `I almost got it.
I almost got it.' But he's always been team-oriented, and he's
never had any problem handing the ball to me in the ninth, or
anybody else,'' Percival said. "But it's nice for him to get a
chance to go out there in the ninth and do that.''
Washburn allowed one-out singles to Shane Spencer and Josh Bard,
then threw a wild pitch before striking out Jody Gerut on a 3-2
slider and retiring Casey Blake on a popup to second.
"I've been playing long enough to know when I will be done or
not,'' said Washburn, who threw 70 of 106 pitches for strikes. "I
know if I would have walked Gerut, I would have been done. I know
if there was one more hit, I would have been done. So I knew I had
to get it done and that I had to make pitches. I was a little
tired, but I felt like I could get it done.''
Ellis Burks homered for the Indians, who have lost 10 of 12 and
seven straight on the road. Rookie right-hander Ricardo Rodriguez
(2-3) allowed five runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Washburn beat Cleveland for the second time in seven days. At
Jacobs Field, he was five outs away from a complete-game win when
Matt Lawton hit a two-run homer. Both of Washburn's other complete
games have been losses, and he pitched eight innings each time.
"It feels awful good to come off that field after the last out
and finish something I started -- and be on the winning side,''
Washburn said with a grin. "It's your goal every time out to throw
a shutout. I still haven't done that.''
The shutout bid ended with Washburn's third batter, as Burks
drove a 1-1 pitch to right-center and barely cleared the 18-foot
wall for his 350th career homer.
But Rodriguez walked Tim Salmon with two outs in the bottom of
the first before Anderson sent a 2-2 pitch just inside the
right-field pole for his fourth home run.
Anaheim and Cleveland played the first five innings in a brisk 1
hour, 6 minutes -- 31 years to the day that the Angels played the
shortest nine-inning game in club history (1:31).
But it wasn't even the fastest game played Tuesday night. The
Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox finished in 1:49, with Mark
Mulder and Mark Buehrle pitching. On Sunday afternoon, the Dodgers
beat Pittsburgh in 1:55.
"It starts with pitching,'' Angels shortstop David Eckstein
said. "When you've got two quality pitchers who work quick and
throw a lot of strikes, the games are going to be a lot shorter.
And the umpires are going to keep the game going, too. Those games
are fun to play in.''
Molina gave Washburn some breathing room in the seventh with his
third homer, a three-run shot that followed a leadoff walk to Troy
Glaus and a one-out intentional pass to Scott Spiezio.
"I felt good, but I got in trouble in the first inning. After
that, I was pitching the way I was supposed to and I went after the
hitters,'' Rodriguez said. "But then in the seventh, I made two
mistakes. I walked the leadoff guy and then I made a mistake with
Kennedy made it 6-1 in the eighth, driving a 2-0 pitch from
Jason Boyd into the right-field seats for his first homer since the
three he hit in the clinching game of the ALCS.
Angels CF Darin Erstad, on the disabled list with
tendinitis in his right hamstring, is showing progress with the
injury. Dr. Lewis Yocum, who examined Erstad before the game, gave
no timetable regarding his return. ... The last four batters in the
Cleveland lineup -- Bard, Gerut, Blake and Brandon Phillips --
entered this season with a combined 84 games of major league