The Angels slugger extended his streak to a club-record 11 games with at least one RBI, knocking in three runs and leading Los Angeles past the Cleveland Indians 10-3 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series between AL division leaders.
“I’ve made my living driving in runs and not worrying about hitting home runs,” said Anderson, who has hit nine of his 15 homers in the last 16 games. “I like to make it tough on the pitcher, knowing that I can hit a home run. But at the same time, I’ll take my hits, too. I was just glad that the actual RBI that broke the record meant something.”
The Angels’ career RBI leader had a run-scoring single that triggered a four-run rally in the fifth inning and added a two-run homer in the eighth, breaking the previous franchise mark of 10 consecutive games with an RBI that was shared by Fred Lynn and Wally Joyner.
“As I’ve said all along, there’s a lot of great players who played in this organization that just didn’t play as long as I have,”
Casey Kotchman broke out of a 4-for-33 skid with two hits and three RBIs for the Angels, who increased their AL West lead over the idle Seattle Mariners to eight games and matched their largest margin of the season.
“He’s just a quiet superstar,” Byrd said. “He never draws attention to himself. He could be a bigger name if he did that, but he doesn’t. He just goes about his business very quietly and very gentlemanly. He’s on my all-underrated team.”
Byrd then walked Maicer Izturis before Kotchman chased him with a two-run double. The right-hander was charged with five runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings after winning his previous four starts.
“It wasn’t what I had in mind, coming back to
The Indians grabbed a 4-2 lead with a pair of fifth-inning runs. Franklin Gutierrez put them ahead with his 11th homer, ending an 0-for-14 drought. Travis Hafner doubled and scored on Victor Martinez’s bloop RBI single.
“The key for me was being able to minimize damage,” Escobar said. “You just have to stay within yourself, not give in and keep making good pitches.”
The Angels tied it in the bottom half with Matthews’ run-scoring single, only the second RBI for Matthews in his first 24 at-bats on this homestand. The other came on a leadoff homer Monday night against