Anaheim missing six starters

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians' much-maligned
bullpen did the job against the second-highest scoring team in the

Granted, the Anaheim Angels were missing Tim Salmon, Troy Glaus,
Garret Anderson, Darin Erstad, Bengie Molina and leadoff hitter
David Eckstein because of injuries.

That didn't matter to the Indians' relievers, who were able to
hold cleanup hitter Jose Guillen and AL RBI leader Vladimir
Guerrero in check during the final 4 2-3 innings in Saturday
night's 3-2 victory.

Rick White (3-1) got with the victory with 2 2-3 innings of
three-hit relief after taking over for injured starter Joe Dawley.

"That's happened a few times to me in the past, but I got
plenty of time to warm up out there," White said. "Joe was
throwing a good game before he got hurt, so the main thing was to
just trying to stay ahead of the hitters and keep those guys from
hitting the ball out of the park. This is a scary lineup they've

Matt Miller struck out Guillen with two on to end the eighth.
Jose Jimenez, the fifth Cleveland pitcher, got three outs for his
third save in five chances.

Coco Crisp homered and Casey Blake hit a go-ahead, two-run
double for the Indians.

"My double wouldn't have meant anything if the bullpen didn't
come in and throw lights out," Blake said. "Rick White came on in
a pretty tough situation. He threw well and put us in position for
our setup men and our closer."

Dawley, a 32-year-old right-hander making his eighth major
league appearance and second start, retired his first batter in the
fifth but had to leave the game after straining his right elbow on
his next pitch to Alfredo Amezaga.

Dawley was charged with two runs, three hits and two walks while
striking out four. A week earlier, he threw 91 pitches in four
innings and allowed three runs on four hits and five walks in a
no-decision against Oakland at Jacobs Field.

"There's some tightness and a little soreness," said Dawley,
who will be re-examined Monday in Cleveland to determine whether
he'll have to miss a start.

"I didn't want to take any chances of trying to go any further
and make it worse, so I was just trying to play it safe and get out
of there," he said.

John Lackey (3-7), whose five-game suspension for throwing at
Toronto's Simon Pond on May 24 is being appealed, lost his fourth
straight decision.

Lackey gave up three runs and eight hits in eight innings,
struck out four and walked two -- both intentionally. The
right-hander, who allowed eight hits in three innings last Sunday
at Chicago in the shortest outing of his career, has a 7.53 ERA in
five starts since pitching a three-hit shutout against Tampa Bay on
May 7.

"This is definitely the best I've pitched since then," Lackey
said. "I had pretty good command of everything, but I have to give
a lot of credit to Josh Paul. He caught a great game and we were
right in synch. He's been catching a lot of my bullpens, and he
kind of stayed game-ready and he knew my stuff really well. So that

Crisp, who got his first major league hit against Lackey in this
ballpark two seasons ago, hit his fifth homer in 636 career at-bats
with one out in the fifth to trim Anaheim's lead to 2-1.

"It was supposed to be a fastball away, but I yanked it and it
almost ended up on the inside corner," Lackey said. "Sometimes,
those things happen on first-pitch strikes."

The Indians took the lead in the sixth when Blake's hard
grounder up the third-base line glanced off the glove of Chone
Figgins for a two-run double. Figgins was making his 15th start in
pace of Glaus, who is likely out for the season after undergoing
shoulder surgery May 21.

Figgins, who came within a homer of hitting for the cycle in
Friday's 9-6 loss, hit his second home run in the third inning
after a walk to Paul.

The Angels, who stole six bases against catcher Victor Martinez
on Friday, were successful in two of four attempts.

Game notes
Flags were flown at half-staff and a moment of silence was
observed in memory of former president Ronald Reagan, who also
served two terms as California's governor. During the
seventh-inning stretch, "God Bless America" was played by stadium
organist Peggy Duquesnel, and Reagan's picture was beamed on both
video boards. ... Struggling Angels RHP Ben Weber was optioned to
Triple-A Salt Lake because of his 8.06 ERA. RHP Matt Hensley was
recalled from Salt Lake to take his place.