Thanks to the Cleveland Indians, here come the

By Ken Berger Associated Press Published:

Thanks to the Cleveland Indians, here come the Chicago White Sox, too _ and they didn't even play.

Shut out in the first game and stranding 10 runners in the second, the first-place Indians were swept by streaking Anaheim on Monday night. The Angels moved within 2 1/2 games of first-place Seattle in the AL West by beating the Indians 2-0 and 10-7.

The Angels have won 16 of 21 and have 29 comeback victories. They shut out the Indians in Cleveland for the first time in 15 years, then got a grand slam from Garret Anderson to win the nightcap.

"It definitely was a good night for us," Anderson said. "Anything can happen when you play good baseball, and that's what we're doing right now."

A Cleveland rally in the ninth fell short against Troy Percival, who was 0-2 against the Indians last year and came in with a career 7.30 ERA against them. Cleveland loaded the bases against Percival before Tony Fernandez grounded out against Mike Holtz to end the game.

The Indians, once known for late comebacks, are 0-41 when trailing after eight innings.

"As we sit here today, we're in first place by 4 1/2 games," Indians manager Mike Hargrove noted.

But the inconsistent Indians, who had four homers on Saturday but none since, are 4-8 on their longest homestand of the season. Their only other doubleheader sweep at Jacobs Field was June 21, 1996 against New York.

In the first game, Dennis Springer (6-4) became the second knuckleballer to shut out Cleveland on this homestand, outdueling Bartolo Colon (2-5).

"I hope the American League runs out of knuckleball pitchers," Hargrove said.

Cleveland's lead over idle Chicago in the AL Central slipped to 4 1/2 games. The White Sox, deciding whether to trade for the future or load up for a pennant race this week, might consider the latter.

Reporters were kept outside Cleveland's clubhouse for about 20 minutes after the game while the Indians placed reliever Alvin Morman on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left elbow. They activated pitcher Albie Lopez, leaving them with five disabled pitchers.

"My greatest concern, as it always is, is our pitching," Hargrove said.

When the doors opened, it was practically empty. Even the talkative Omar Vizquel refused an interview.

Anderson hit a mammoth grand slam off Orel Hershiser in the fourth, a blast that cut through a stiff wind and landed 411 feet away in Cleveland's bullpen. Todd Greene, minor league player of the year in 1995, broke a 6-6 tie with a solo homer in the sixth.

"For Garret to hit the grand slam really pepped us up," Angels manager Terry Collins said.

But Percival, who was blasted for homers by Albert Belle, Sandy Alomar and Jim Thome in losing to the Indians on May 12, 1996, flirted with disaster again. He gave up a walk and David Justice's sacrifice fly before walking two more to load the bases in the ninth.

"I just didn't have it," Percival said. "I tried to throw hard, but I just didn't have anything on the ball."

It was Percival's first appearance since giving up a three-run homer in the ninth to Mo Vaughn in Boston on Saturday.

"Troy is tired," Collins said. "He says there is nothing physically wrong, so that's what it is."

Hershiser lasted only 4 2-3 innings after leaving his previous two starts with a tight right groin. He appeared to be limping while running to cover first on a grounder in the second.

Hargrove said Hershiser may miss a start, but probably won't go on the DL. Asked if he was OK, Hershiser said, "Not really. That's all I can say."

Pep Harris (2-2) allowed one run in 2 1-3 innings for the victory in relief of starter Matt Perisho, who was called up from Triple-A Vancouver and allowed five runs, four hits and six walks in 3 1-3 innings.

Left-hander Darrell May pitched 2 2-3 innings of two-hit relief.

The Indians, who led 4-0, tied it at 6 in the fifth. Thome and Manny Ramirez hit back-to-back singles, and Justice walked for the third time in the game. Matt Williams hit a sacrifice fly, but Alomar ended the inning by grounding into the Indians' 108th double play of the year _ tops in the majors.

Greene broke the tie with a solo homer off David Weathers (1-2). Orlando Palmeiro led off the seventh with a triple to right and scored on Hollins' single. Salmon doubled home Hollins for his third RBI and scored on a single by Jim Leyritz.

Notes: The Indians, who have been rained out eight times, still have doubleheaders on Aug. 9 against Texas, Aug. 13 against Detroit and Sept. 19 at Kansas City. The remaining makeup dates have not yet been agreed to by the players union. ... Cleveland had four sacrifice flies in the nightcap, tying the club record. The Indians done it four other times, the last against the Yankees on Sept. 8, 1985 ... Hershiser left starts July 17 at Milwaukee after six innings and July 22 against Seattle after five. ... Hershiser allowed his 22nd homer, tying him for the AL lead with Milwaukee's Cal Eldred and Anaheim's Allen Watson. ... Salmon was 0-for-4 in the first game, snapping his hitting streak at seven games.

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