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CLE@LAA: Haren hurls a one-hit shutout

ANAHEIM -- To say Angels starter Dan Haren is having a good week is an understatement.

After coming out of the bullpen on Saturday and pitching one inning for the victory, Haren threw a one-hit shutout against the hot-hitting Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, helping the Angels to a 2-0 win at Angel Stadium in front of 43,529.

For Haren, the victory now moves him to 3-0 with a minute 0.73 ERA. He is the first Angel to throw a one-hit shutout since John Lackey did it at Oakland July 7, 2006. It was also the 17th one-hit shutout in team history and ended the Indians' eight-game winning streak.

"He threw 13 pitches Saturday and then 125 tonight for the win," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He has two wins this week.

"I don't think you could have pitched a better game then Dan pitched tonight. It was encouraging. He pitched through a high pitch count and finished strong."

Dominating the Indians hitters, Haren gave up his only hit, a single to Shin-Soo Choo, with one out in the fourth inning. He also struck out eight and walked only two.

"Haren was just on his game. He didn't allow a runner to second base," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He was in complete command of the ballgame from inning one to the last inning. It was just an outstanding pitching performance."

In his last 12 games, Haren is now 7-0 with a 1.39 ERA and is 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA in his last four starts against the Tribe.

Haren said that he felt strong warming up in the bullpen before the game, then had command of all of his pitches during the entire game.

In each inning, Haren got the leadoff batter out, relying heavily on his changeup and curveball.

"He's not a power pitcher. But he has really good mechanics and good offspeed pitches, too. Down and away -- curveball, split," Choo said. "Then, inside, down, on the black, offspeed. Any count, any situation, he'd go to offspeed for a strike, but not down the middle."

Going into the ninth inning with his pitch count at 115 and closer Jordan Walden warming in the bullpen, Haren said he felt good enough to go out for another inning. He then got the Indians hitters out in order to end the game.

"I threw some of my best pitches at the end," Haren said. "I knew, though, that a baserunner or two and I was out.

"But, I really tried to go at them the whole night, a sort of controlled aggressiveness. I didn't want to leave anything out over the middle of the plate with it being such a close game."

Indians starter Fausto Carmona was dealing as well, giving up only four hits and two runs in 7 2/3 innings of work.

Peter Bourjos got the first run off of Carmona in the third inning, a leadoff home run to left field.

Mark Trumbo tacked on another run for the Angels in the seventh inning, when he belted his first Major League home run, giving the Angels a 2-0 lead.

"If there was ever a game that you could feel OK about having a one-run lead that could hold up, it would be tonight and he did," Scioscia said of Haren. "What is special is that he pitched with his back up against the wall the entire night. He had no margin for error and made some terrific pitches to keep those guys down the whole night."

Haren also got help from his defense, especially on a leaping grab against the wall by right fielder Torii Hunter with one out in the eighth inning, when he robbed Matt LaPorta of a double, the hardest hit ball of the night.

"It is quite a remarkable streak that he has," Scioscia said. "He is the real deal. No underestimating what a guy like Dan brings to a rotation and pitching staff. The guy has had a heck of a week." Comments