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Angels Extra Inning Magic in Twelve

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The Final Score in Los Angeles of Anaheim: Halos 4, Tribe 3 ...

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Wow! Jeff Mathis hit a sacrifice fly to center field with the bases loaded and one man out in the twelfth inning. Vernon Wells tagged and scored standing up ahead of the throw to score the winning run and cap a 4-2 homestand for the Angels.

The Cleveland Indians were the hottest team in baseball coming into this series and they shut down the Angels relatively well, but two wins and a loss belongs to the Home Nine. Ervin Santana got a no decision with 7+ innings pitched. He allowed 3 ER and would have gotten the win were it not for a testy two-thirds of an inning by Scott Downs. But the Halo is lit tonight regardless.

One unsung reason the Angels won today/tonight's game was the defense of Howie Kendrick. On the shift against Travis Hafner and up the middle against the Tribal lineup, Howie had the leather to handle the opponent. The first scoring for the Angels was a Kendrick double that had a two base throwing error at the tail end to bring Howie across home plate. Two batter later saw Torii Hunter hit an afternoon delight, driving in Bobby Abreu on a 2-run homer.

I still cannot believe Mathis was the curtain call hero, but we'll take it, right folks? Right!