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Byrd remains perfect against Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels survived one game
without closer Francisco Rodriguez. They don't want to make it a
habit.

Paul Byrd pitched seven shutout innings to remain perfect in
five career decisions against Cleveland, and the Angels' bullpen
stepped up with Rodriguez out hurt in a 3-1 win over the Indians on
Monday night.

Byrd (4-3) had an easy time with Cleveland, whose major
league-worst batting average dropped to .233. The right-hander gave
up just three singles but had no problems against the team that
drafted him in 1991.

Byrd lowered his ERA to 1.60 in eight career appearances against
Cleveland. He walked three and struck out five.

"I don't know why it is," Byrd said, addressing his dominance
of the Indians. "It's just one of those teams. The Mets are like
that for me in the National League. I've just had good starts
against them."

Although he threw only 85 pitches, Byrd was lifted after the
seventh by Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who didn't have Rodriguez
available because of a strained right forearm.

Brendan Donnelly gave up a run in the eighth, and Scot Shields,
hitting 96 mph on the stadium radar gun, pitched a perfect ninth
for his third save.

"It's closer by committee until Frankie gets back," said
Shields, who has allowed one earned run in his last 18 1/3 innings.
"We need No. 57 in there. We'll try to hold down the fort until he
gets back."

An MRI exam of Rodriguez's forearm was negative, and he is to be
re-examined on Thursday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Angels' team
physician.

Rodriguez said he hurt his arm while pushing off a slippery
mound in Detroit on Saturday. He said the Angels haven't decided
when he'll throw again, but he's confident his injury isn't
serious.

"I don't think there's any ligament damage or anything like
that," he said, touching the middle of his forearm. "It's a
muscle."

Rodriguez will have treatment on Tuesday before the Angels
decide their next move.

Garret Anderson had two RBI off Cliff Lee (4-2) as the Angels
won for the 14th time in their last 19 games at Jacobs Field.

Lee walked Darin Erstad on four straight pitches opening the
fourth and went to 2-0 on Vladimir Guerrero before pitching coach
Carl Willis came out to visit the left-hander. Lee battled Guerrero
to a full count before the Angels' free-swinging outfielder hit an
RBI double off the wall in left to make it 1-0.

In the bottom half, Byrd gave up a leadoff single to Grady
Sizemore. But the Angels called a pitchout against Casey Blake and
catcher Josh Paul easily threw out Sizemore trying to steal second.

Byrd got the Indians to hit into double plays in the third and
fifth innings.

Cleveland manager Eric Wedge was irritated with his team's
latest lackluster effort.

"We've got to do a better job of making pitchers work," he
said. "We keep doing the same things over and over again. Everyone
has to realize that if things aren't working you have to make
changes. Until we do that, we're going to continue to struggle."

The Angels staked Byrd to a 2-0 lead by scoring an unearned run
in the sixth. After Erstad singled, Guerrero hit a soft single to
center that took a funny hop sideways and got past Sizemore for an
error. Erstad went to third and scored on Anderson's slow roller
that third baseman Aaron Boone fielded but couldn't make a play
with.

The Angels got another run in the eighth when Guerrero walked
with two outs, stole second and scored on Anderson's single.

Lee allowed two earned runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Game notes
Boone went 1-for-3 and raised his average to .147. ... Byrd
needed only four pitches to get three outs in the third. ... The
Indians are the only major league team Guerrero has faced and not
homered against in his career. ... After the game, the Angels
recalled rookie RHP Ervin Santana from Double-A Arkansas. He'll
make his major league debut on Tuesday against Cleveland's Scott
Elarton. Santana, 22, missed half of last season with an elbow
injury. He was 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA in seven starts at Arkansas. To
make room, outfielder Chris Prieto was optioned to Triple-A Salt
Lake.