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Cleveland Indians (23-29) at Anaheim Angels (33-21), 10:05 p.m.

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(Sports Network) - With the second-best record in the majors entering the weekend, the Anaheim Angels try to get back into the win column tonight as they host the Cleveland Indians for the third of four games at Angel Stadium.

Heading into Friday's bout with the Tribe , Anaheim had won three in a row after dropping five of its previous six outings, but Ronnie Belliard 's three-run homer in the eighth inning helped lead Cleveland to a 9-6 win over the Angels .

Travis Hafner added three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in three runs for the Indians , who overcame a four-run deficit to snap a three-game losing streak. Casey Blake and Matt Lawton each contributed three hits as well, with the former delivering a two-run homer in the ninth.

David Riske earned the victory despite allowing a homer to Jose Guillen in the seventh. Jose Jimenez worked the ninth for his second save.

Chone Figgins finished a home run short of the cycle for the Angels , while Guillen delivered two hits and drove in two runs. Vladimir Guerrero had his 12-game hitting streak snapped as well.

Francisco Rodriguez blew his first save of the season, allowing the home run to Belliard, and giving up three runs on three hits overall in just one inning of action.

Getting just his second start for the Indians this season tonight is Joe Dawley , who arrived in Cleveland only a short time ago after being called up from Triple-A Buffalo of the International League.

The righthander actually started the 2004 campaign with the Kansas City Royals but was claimed off waivers by the Tribe on May 20 and was then optioned to the Bisons.

The 32-year old, now in his third year in the big leagues, gave up three runs on four hits and five walks in an 8-6 win over the Oakland A's back on May 29, his only appearance thus far for the Indians .

Dawley is still searching for his first-ever decision at the major league level, having appeared in just seven games prior to this outing.

As for the Angels , they've decided to counter the inexperience of Dawley with John Lackey . He will start tonight's game despite being suspended five games. He and manager Mike Scioscia were suspended Thursday and fined for their conduct during the club's game against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 24. The two were ejected from the contest after Lackey threw consecutive pitches inside to Simon Pond .

The Anaheim righthander has had a rough year to date, going just 3-6 with a 5.95 ERA through 10 games for the West Coast club.

Lackey, also just a three-year veteran at this point in his career, has been getting knocked around rather harshly over his last four trips to this hill. On May 30 the 25-year old lasted a mere three innings as he surrendered eight earned runs on nine hits and a pair of walks versus Chicago in an 11-2 loss.

He has now lost three straight decisions since pitching a complete-game shutout versus Tampa Bay on May 7 at home. Lackey is 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA versus the Indians in three career appearances, striking out 15 over the course of 19 1/3 innings.

Although he had his hitting streak snapped in last night's affair, Guerrero is still one of the hottest hitters in the majors at the moment, with an average of .440 over the last six games. His three home runs and 13 RBI during the stretch are far and away the best numbers of anyone in the Anaheim clubhouse.

Thanks to Guerrero's hot bat, the Angels as a team have the best batting average of any club in the AL at .285, along with the third-fewest strikeouts with 298 through 54 contests.

The Indians are having a lot of trouble holding opposing offenses in check in 2004, now tied with the second-worst team ERA in the AL at 5.04. Already this season Cleveland has allowed seven opponents to score in double figures, with a high of 17 runs being dropped on the Tribe by Detroit in late April.

The Angels are currently 18-8 at home this season while Cleveland, fourth in the AL Central at seven games out, is tied for the major league low with just seven road triumphs, against 16 defeats.

The Angels took six of nine from the Indians last season and are 13-7 against Cleveland since the start of the 2002 campaign.

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