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Ernesto Frieri surrenders another home run

Not today, Champ.
Not today, Champ.
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Final in Cleveland:  Angels 3 Native Americans: 5

Albert Pujols entered Thursday afternoon's game having just one hit in nine at-bats in his two games against Cleveland, having been robbed by the defensive shift numerous time when the slugger hit the ball up the middle.  Pujols found himself in a position to put the Halos ahead in the tenth inning when Kole Calhoun singled with two out, and a Mike Trout double put runners at 2nd and 3rd.  Hitting just .157 with runners in scoring position this season, and having a difficult time hitting against the shift, Pujols slapped a 3-2 pitch through the vacated hole on the right side, scoring both Calhoun and Trout, and giving the Angels a 3-1 lead.  And a feeling that this one was in the bag.

With the Angels up by two runs heading into the bottom of the tenth, Cam Bedrosian made his first appearance in a save situation.  After walking Michael Bourne to lead off the inning, Bedrosian struck out Asdrubal Cabrera, but Jason Kipnis doubled to left center putting the tying run on second.  With a walk to Carlos Santana to load the bases, the 22 year-old rookie right-hander's day was over.

Enter Ernesto Frieri.

The Angels' homer-happy closer got pinch-hitter David Murphy to fly out to shallow left, yet he couldn't get Nick Swisher.  Swisher hit a walk-off grand slam.  GAME OVER.

In a game that featured two starters who haven't had their best performances recently, Angels' starter C.J. Wilson and Cleveland's Justin Masterson faced off in a classic pitcher's duel.  Both pitchers went 7 innings, allowing just one run each.  The Indians managed three hits off Wilson, as the left-hander walked 4 while striking out six.  Using 114 pitches to get through his 7 innings, Wilson lowered his ERA to 3.34.

The Angels took an early lead when Howie Kendrick doubled with 1 out, moved to third on a Raul Ibanez ground out, and then scored on Masterson's wild pitch.