ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels twice overcame a deficit Sunday to beat the Cleveland Indians, 6-5, and give manager Mike Scioscia 1,000 wins for his career.
Each of the Angels' (20-15) three games against the American League-leading Indians (22-11) were decided by a run. The Angels have won eight of 11 series this season.
Rally monkeys. In the sixth, Maicer Izturis and Vernon Wells got on board with two outs and Alberto Callaspo cashed them in with a booming double to left-center. Two innings later, Erick Aybar broke a 4-4 tie with a nearly identical, two-out, two-run double. Badda bing, badda boom.
Whiffs. Starter Dan Haren (4-2) struck out 10 batters for the first time this season and 11th time in his nine-year career. He had good movement on his pitches -- particularly the splitter -- and got eight of his 10 victims to go down swinging. He leads the American League with 56 strikeouts. "Dan was terrific," Scioscia said. "He pitched well on a day when you really had to make pitches."
Bounces. The ball couldn't have traveled more than 45 feet, but it probably reached a pinnacle of at least 30 after bouncing in front of the plate. Peter Bourjos didn't really know or care -- he was too busy legging out the game-tying infield single in the eighth inning. "It wasn't a very good swing," Bourjos said, "but it worked."
Setup. The Indians sent eight men to the plate in the eighth against struggling reliever Fernando Rodney, scoring twice to regain the lead, 4-3. Rodney surrendered three hits and plunked another, blowing his second save "opportunity" of the year. The Angels rallied and, of course, Rodney got the win. Only in baseball.
Stymied. There was a flash of how dominant Cleveland's Fausto Carmona can be. The right-hander struck out seven in seven innings and didn't allow an earned run, retiring 16 of the first 20 Angels he faced. "Carmona is as tough as it gets right now in our league," Scioscia said. "He was really pitching well."
Three unassisted. Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta probably didn't blink after Bobby Abreu stepped into the box for the fourth time. Abreu had gone 4-for-13 (.308) in his career against Camona, but rolled over to LaPorta in each of his first three at-bats Sunday. Torii Hunter got much of the day off before coming on in the eighth to replace Abreu in right.