Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Cleveland leads 2-1 (as of 6/5)

Game 1: Thursday, June 3
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Game 2: Friday, June 4
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Game 3: Saturday, June 5
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Game 4: Sunday, June 6
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Indians 3

(24-29, 8-16 away)

Angels 2

(33-22, 18-9 home)

10:05 PM ET, June 5, 2004

Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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W: R. White (3-1)

L: J. Lackey (3-7)

S: J. Jimenez (3)

Anaheim missing six starters

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

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 got."

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 helped."

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.

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