ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Dustin Moseley didn't have much time to
savor his victorious major league debut with the Los Angeles
Angels. They optioned him back to Triple-A Salt Lake after the
game, and the nameplate over his locker was taken down quickly.
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"Anytime you have an opportunity like this, you're just full of
emotions," Moseley said after Monday night's 10-5 win over the
Cleveland Indians. "I'm super excited. The lights are a lot
brighter here. ... It was a great opportunity and a lot of fun out
season-high seventh straight game.
The two-time defending AL West champs have won 12 of 13 overall
to climb within a half-game of division-leading Oakland.
"There's a lot of confidence in this room, you can feel that,"
Moseley said. "And that helped me out."
Moseley allowed four runs and 10 hits in five innings. The
right-hander, acquired from Cincinnati in a December 2004 trade
that sent Ramon Ortiz to the Reds, struck out two and didn't walk a
batter in a spot start for the ailing Jered Weaver.
The Indians have lost eight of 10 to fall a season-worst 10
games under .500 and 21 games out of first place in the AL Central.
Jake Westbrook (7-5) was charged with seven runs -- five earned --
and 12 hits over 3 2/3 innings in his shortest outing since May 8,
2005, when he lasted only 3 1/3 in a 7-2 loss at Texas.
Cleveland twice used home runs to pull within one run. Travis
Hafner narrowed the gap to 3-2 in the third with a leadoff drive
that just cleared the 18-foot wall in right field. It was his 28th
homer and ninth in 17 games.
Jason Michaels, who got Sunday off following a 6-for-34 rut that
dropped his average to .264, sliced the Angels' lead to 5-4 in the
fourth with his eighth homer of the season after a leadoff double
retire 11 in a row before Victor Martinez's leadoff single in the
"I was working behind in the count a lot, made a couple of
mistakes, and they took advantage of it," Moseley said. "I'm glad
the team put some runs for me, and the bullpen did a great job."
Cabrera's seventh homer gave the Angels a 7-4 lead in the
fourth. Izturis singled in a run in the eighth and finished
4-for-5. Vladimir Guerrero went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles
for the Angels, who got 15 of their 17 hits in the first five
"Our situational hitting's much better, and we certainly got
our share of two-out hits tonight with guys in scoring position,"
manager Mike Scioscia said. "I liked our approach. We were patient
enough against a good pitcher, worked some deep counts and attacked
them the way we had to."
first run. But the Angels responded with three in the bottom half.
Guerrero tied it with a two-out RBI single after a double by
Izturis, then Anderson wrapped his eighth homer of the season
around the right-field pole on a 2-1 pitch. Westbrook came in with
an AL-best groundball-to-flyball ratio of 3.31, and had allowed
only five home runs in 96 1/3 innings over his previous 15 starts.
Anderson, the Angels' career leader in hits and RBI, started as
the designated hitter for the fifth straight game because of a sore
hamstring while Juan Rivera played left field. Rivera made it 4-2
in the bottom of the third with an RBI double after Mike Napoli
reached on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Ramon Vazquez.
Kendry Morales followed Rivera with a run-scoring single.
"It was my job to pick the team up right there, and I did the
complete opposite," Westbrook said.Game notes
The Angels recalled LHP Joe Saunders from Salt Lake to make
another spot start on Tuesday night. Saunders' outing is for RHP
Kelvim Escobar, who has elbow problems but is expected to return to
the rotation during the weekend. ... Despite his brief outing,
Westbrook leads the Cleveland staff with 119 2/3 innings pitched
after throwing more than 200 innings in each of the previous two
seasons. He is trying to join Rick Waits, Charles Nagy and
knuckleballer Tom Candiotti as the only Indians pitchers since 1975
to work at least 200 innings in three or more consecutive seasons.
... Hafner has 104 career homers, just 10 shy of injured Angels CF
Darin Erstad for the most by a player born in North Dakota. Both
players hail from Jamestown. Erstad, on the DL indefinitely because
of ankle problems, has not homered in 91 at-bats this season. ...
Weaver, who missed his turn because of biceps tendinitis but also
is expected to return this weekend, made a special request to a
team official to have the video crew show brother Jeff's first
start for the St. Louis Cardinals on the scoreboard during batting
practice so he could see it. They did it just in time for Jered to
see his older brother and former Angels teammate give up a grand
slam to Atlanta's Brian McCann.
- Home Plate Umpire - Mark Wegner
- First Base Umpire - Marvin Hudson
- Second Base Umpire - Ed Montague
- Third Base Umpire - Jerry Layne