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Must C Classic: Scioscia collects win No. 1,000

ANAHEIM -- Once the Angels recorded the final out in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium, players congregated around Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who had just tallied his 1,000th career victory, with one big surprise.

Coming from behind as Scioscia stood along the third-base line, Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells dumped a large bucket of ice water over the Angels manager in celebration. To the surprise of Hunter, Scioscia began chasing him after he dumped it.

"It felt cold and I will get Torii back," Scioscia said. "In a meeting next spring, somewhere along the line. I'm glad they stayed out though and it means a lot to me and our staff.

"It isn't a personal accomplishment. As a manager, you are one part of this whole thing. I really feel proud that our organization is moving in the right direction. It is a team effort and I am fortunate and proud to be a part of it. Hopefully we will keep moving."

Scioscia becomes just the 56th manager to have 1,000 or more victories and just the 23rd manager to get 1,000 or more victories with a single team.

Hunter knows now that after doing such a thing, he will have to sleep with one eye open.

"I had that planned for a while," Hunter said. "Everyone throws a pie in the face, but I went and got Vernon and said to him 'Let's hit him with something different.' I am just happy for him. I have been on both sides. It is a great moment and I am just proud to be a part of it.

"If he wants to get me back, I can't retaliate," Hunter said. "That guy is powerful."

Yet had it not been for the late inning heroics from the Angels' young players, Scioscia wouldn't have been able to reach such a feat.

Down by one run going into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Angels scored three runs to take a 6-4 lead. Howard Kendrick hit a double with one out, before a Mark Trumbo infield single and an RBI infield single off home plate by Peter Bourjos plated Kendrick. Erick Aybar then belted a double to left-center field, scoring Trumbo and Bourjos.

"We got a few fortunate chops and then a big hit from Erick," Scioscia said. "That ball was crushed in the gap. The young guys kept playing and it was a good day."

Even Indians manager Manny Acta sent his congratulations to Scioscia after the game.

"I want to congratulate Mike Scioscia for winning 1,000 games," Acta said. "I think it's a great milestone and he's put himself in that position to do it, which is a great accomplishment."

After giving up singles to Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana in the top of the eighth inning, Angels reliever Fernando Rodney gave up a single to Travis Hafner, plating Choo. Orlando Cabrera then hit another ground ball to second, scoring Santana and giving the Indians a 4-3 lead.

The Angels broke through against Indians starter Fausto Carmona in the sixth inning for three runs when Alberto Callaspo belted a two-run double to center field to tie the game at 2. Hank Conger then blooped an RBI single to center to give the Angels a 3-2 lead.

The inning was kept alive thanks to a two-out error by Indians third baseman Adam Everett, who couldn't make the play on a ground ball hit by Wells.

The Indians got on the board first against Angels starter Dan Haren in the second inning, behind an RBI single to left field off the bat of Austin Kearns, plating Santana. Santana started off the inning with a walk before Cabrera hit a soft fly ball to left field for a base hit, sending Santana into scoring position.

Haren gave up another run in the fifth inning, surrendering a solo home run to straight away center field off the bat of Grady Sizemore. It was the third home run Haren has given up this season.

Going 6 2/3 innings, the righty gave up two runs on six hits while walking just one. Haren's 10 strikeouts on the day marked the 11th time in his career that he has struck out 10 or more batters.

While Haren fell behind in a lot of counts, his cutter became his out pitch for the 10 strikeouts.

"It was great to be out there pitching for Scioscia's 1,000th victory," Haren said. "He expects so much from his players and gets so much out of them. I am glad we were able to do it today.

"I really battled back and had to nibble. As the game went along I felt better, but Sizemore hit the homer. He seems to hit me as well as anyone in the league."

The Angels threatened in the third inning with two out singles by Bourjos and Aybar, but Bobby Abreu grounded out to first base to end the inning.

In the fifth inning with one out, the Angels bunched two more hits together from Conger and Trumbo. However, Trumbo got caught trying to advance to second on a ball that skipped away from Santana for the second out. Bourjos then flew out to center field to end the inning.

Closer Jordan Walden gave up back-to-back doubles to the Indians in the ninth inning, cutting the Angels lead to 6-5. But he struck out the next two batters to secure the victory for Scioscia and the Angels.

"Winning is going to build confidence," Scioscia said. "We got 12 more hits today against a tough starter and bullpen, so hopefully that will carry over." Comments