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Postby kaisy on Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:41 am

CLEVELAND -- Derek Lowe never saw the key play that helped him and the Cleveland Indians win the game. Lowe pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Indians scored three runs on errors to beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 Sunday. Two scored on an error by nine-time Gold Glove outfielder Torii Hunter. "Ive never played the outfield, but I probably would do that myself," Lowe said after Hunter lost a routine fly ball in the sun, allowing Cleveland to go ahead 2-0 in the fifth inning. "The mighty sun was on our side today," manager Manny Acta said after Cleveland took two of three from the slumping Angels to claim sole possession of the AL Central lead. Hunter accepted blame for Los Angeles sixth loss in seven games. "I lost that game. I feel bad," said Hunter who has the fewest errors of any outfielder in history with more than 4,500 chances. The error was only his 36th in 4,525 opportunities. "I cant explain it," Hunter said. "Ive been playing this game for a long time. It seems like the sun wins." Lowe (4-1) kept his fielders from battling the bright sky by retiring 12 Angels on ground balls, including Albert Pujols three times. Pujols also struck out against reliever Chris Perez, extending his career-long homerless streak to 117 at-bats. "Lowe was outstanding," Acta said. "He had command of that sinker and also a good slider. Any time you can take two of three from that pitching staff is great. Our pitchers matched up great against them." Lowe, 38 and in his 16th season, said his 9-17 record and career-worst 5.05 ERA a year ago with Atlanta is not weighing on his mind. Hes more excited to be part of Clevelands strong staff. "Ive never let one season flow over into the next," Lowe said. "I know the only way to be successful and win over six months is to have strong starting pitching. Its a fun gang to be part of." Ervin Santana (0-5), in his first start against Cleveland since throwing a no-hitter at Progressive Field last July 27, gave up seven hits and those two unearned runs over seven innings. "I feel bad for Ervin," Lowe said. "He pitched pretty good and got some bad luck." Pujols is homerless in 22 games since signing his $240 million contract with the Angels. In 2006, he set an April record with 14 homers for St. Louis. The three-time NL MVP hit five homers during the 2011 post-season for the Cardinals, but has not connected in the regular season since Sept. 22. Lowe allowed only a pair of singles by Kendrys Morales over the first 7 2-3 innings before running into trouble. He left after walking Maicer Izturis, who went to third on a long single to right-centre by Chris Iannetta. Vinnie Pestano came on and walked rookie Mike Trout to load the bases before striking out Howie Kendrick The Indians went ahead in the fifth, putting two runners on in an inning for the third time against Santana. With one out, Aaron Cunningham reached on an infield hit and Michael Brantley walked. Santana struck out Jason Kipnis and appeared about to get out of another jam when Asdrubal Cabrera flied to right. Hunter drifted under the ball, shaded his eyes and ducked as it fell next to him. "I was very surprised," Brantley said. "I was running and saw Smittys (third-base coach Steve Smith) eyes light up and figured something had happened." The Indians quickly ruined whatever no-hit thoughts Santana may have had when Brantley and Kipnis led off the first inning with singles. Santana came right back to get Cabrera to bounce a ball right back to him and the right-hander turned a double play. He then got Travis Hafner to fly out. Santana also escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the fourth when Shelley Duncan popped out. The right-hander is 0-7 since winning at Seattle on Sept. 1. His only win over Cleveland in 12 career starts against the Indians was his no-hitter. Hes 1-7 overall against Cleveland. The Indians scored twice in the eighth off Kevin Jepsen, whose throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Hannahan made it 3-0. Duncan added a sacrifice fly. Clevelands homerless streak reached 11 games, their longest drought since a 14-game streak, April 10-22, 1983. NOTES: Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo missed his fifth game with a strained left hamstring. He did some running in the outfield during pregame and said he hopes to play Tuesday. ... OF Levon Washington, the Indians No. 2 draft pick in 2010, will have right hip surgery on Monday. He was hitting .440 in six games at Class A Lake County. Expected recovery is two to four months. ... The Angels are 1-12 when scoring three runs or less. ... Trout, second-youngest player in the majors to Washington OF Bryce Harper, was born in August 1991 -- two months after Lowe was drafted by the Seattle Mariners. Robert Quinn Jersey . Bostons superstars didnt make the plays down the stretch, as Paul Pierce missed a game-winning attempt at the end of regulation and Rajon Rondo was clearly bothered by a dislocated left elbow. Miami now leads the series, 3-1, with Game 5 slated for Wednesday in Miami. Dwyane Wade scored 28 points with nine rebounds, Bosh added a double-double of 20 points and 12 boards, but the big star was James, who scored 35 points to go with 14 rebounds. Youth Rams Jersey . Capps deal, announced Thursday, includes a non-roster invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old right-hander has 138 career saves in 444 appearances for Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota. http://www.ramssportsfanshop.com/Rams-M ... Ua-95.html . The Heat played without NBA MVP LeBron James, who was out with "general soreness," according to coach Erik Spoelstra. Josh Harrelsons 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining put the Heat ahead for good at 102-99. Womens Sam Bradford Jersey .- Wayne Dyer There have been a number of articles published recently, focusing on a small component - the removal of scores and standings for youth soccer below the age of 12 - of the Canadian Soccer Associations long-term player development plan (LTPD). Austin Pettis Jersey . Boston signed the 24-year-old forward to an US$18-million, four-year deal that pays $4.5 million per season. Marchand, a key part of the Bruins Stanley Cup championship in 2011, had 28 goals and 27 assists last season.(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators face a quick turnaround on Sunday afternoon when they continue a five-game road trip against the New York Islanders. The Sens have lost seven of their past eight on the road, including the first two of their current swing. They had a five-game overall winning streak snapped with an overtime setback in Boston on Thursday before dropping a 2-1 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon. Marc Methot scored in Ottawas first regulation loss since Feb. 16, while Ben Bishop ended with 39 saves as No. 1 netminder Craig Anderson missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained right ankle. That is just one of a few injuries that the Sens are dealing with and they lost defenseman Mike Lundin to a concussion just past the midway mark of the first period. He was hurt on hit by the Flyers Harry Zolnierczyk, who was given a five-minute major for charging and 10-minute game misconduct. "I thought it was the proper call and the proper circumstances will be taken by the league," said Sens head coach Paul MacLean. Lundin will join the likes of Jason Spezza (back surgery), Erik Karlsson (left Achilles surgery) and Milan Michalek (sprained knee) on the sidelines. Ottawa wont have much time to think about the impact of the lateest injury ahead of this game against the Islanders and Methot thinks that may be a good thing for the club.dddddddddddd "We can just put this one behind us and you know, were playing in roughly 24 hours from now again," he said afterwards. "Its an opportunity for us to get back up on our feet and keep going." While the Sens try to pick up their first win of the road trip, the Islanders have dropped the first three contests of a seven-game homestand and sit just 2-8-1 on Long Island after a 5-4 overtime setback to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. The Isles failed to hold a pair of early one-goal leads and gave up three scores in the second period to the Maple Leafs. However, Andrew MacDonald and Kyle Okposo notched third-period tallies to tie the game before the Leafs won it just 71 seconds into overtime. "We showed some character in the third period after a lull in the second," said New York head coach Jack Capuano. "But we cant be satisfied with a point." Okposo added two assists and Evgeni Nabokov yielded all five goals on 28 shots faced. The Islanders have lost four straight and six of their past nine against the Senators, including a 3-1 loss in Ottawa on Feb. 19. The Sens have won four of their past six on the road versus the Isles. ' ' '
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