Hunter's Slam Wins It for Angels

Blast off Indians' closer Borowski is his second in two innings
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2008 1:02 AM CDT
Los Angeles Angels' Torii Hunter hits a homer to give the Angels the go ahead run against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, April 7, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mark Avery)
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(Newser) – Torii Hunter hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning after Cleveland scored three runs in the top half off closer Francisco Rodriguez, lifting the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-4 win over the Indians on Monday night. Jhonny Peralta doubled home the go-ahead run off Rodriguez in a three-run ninth as Cleveland took a 4-2 lead before the Angels rallied against Indians closer Joe Borowski.  

The right-hander surrendered a one-out walk to Gary Matthews Jr., a single to Vladimir Guerrero and another walk to Garret Anderson before Hunter drove a 1-0 pitch just inside the left field pole for his 10th career slam, setting off a pulsating celebration. Hunter, who also homered in the eight inning to put the Angels ahead 2-1, was mobbed my his teammates at home plate, and the fans led a sustained ovation.