Originally created 04/12/98

Indians take down Angels, 8-5



CLEVELAND -- Jim Thome and Brian Giles hit two-run homers and Charles Nagy won despite allowing three homers as the Cleveland Indians kept rolling with an 8-5 victory over the Anaheim Angels on Saturday.

Thome homered for the second straight day, a 453-foot blast off Jason Dickson (0-2). The Indians improved baseball's best record to 8-1, their best start since going 10-0 in 1966.

Shawon Dunston had an RBI triple, Kenny Lofton had his sixth steal and Nagy (2-0) won his second straight start after getting hit hard on opening day at Seattle.

Nagy was chased in the seventh after Darin Erstad's second homer of the game cut the Indians' lead to 7-4. One out later, Tim Salmon homered off reliever Jose Mesa to make it 7-5.

Mike Jackson, who blew his first save on Friday, gave up a walk and a single in the ninth before picking Craig Shipley off second for his fifth save.

Nagy went 6 1-3 innings, allowing four runs -- three earned -- and six hits with four walks. He gave up Frank Bolick's first homer since 1993 in the third.

Dickson lost to the Indians for the second time this season, allowing six earned runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Just as he did in the home opener Friday, Lofton got the Indians going in his first at-bat. He reached on an error by second baseman Norberto Martin, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on David Justice's sacrifice fly.

Another home-opener hero, Vizquel, made another eye-popping play at shortstop. After throwing Jim Edmonds out from his backside on Friday, he ranged far to his left for Phil Nevin's grounder, spun around and threw him out in the eighth.

The Angels got an unearned run in the second when third baseman Travis Fryman charged Martin's bunt and threw to first with nobody covering. Nevin went from first to third and scored on Shipley's groundout to make it 2-1.

Cleveland tied it in the bottom of the inning on Dunston's RBI triple. Bolick's homer leading off the third gave Anaheim a 3-2 lead, but Thome's two-run shot made it 4-3 Cleveland.

Dunston made it 5-3 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Giles made it 7-3 in the sixth with his third homer.

After the homers by Erstad and Salmon in the seventh, Justice made it 8-5 with an RBI double off Shigetoshi Hasegawa.