Byrd beats former team, helps Tribe snap skid

The Tribe salvaged what they could of a disappointing road trip and left Anaheim with a 6-4 victory Wednesday afternoon. Just how the Angels put up five runs in one inning the night before, the Tribe returned the favor and scored five of their own in the fifth to jump out to a 5-2 lead. Ben Broussard hit a two-run homer and Jhonny Peralta added a two-run single in the monster inning. Peralta, Boone, and Inglett all had three hits on the day. Inglett started in place of Grady Sizemore, who had started every game this season. Grady didn’t get the entire day off, however. He singled in a pinch-hitting appearance in the eighth. In his first start against his old mates, Paul Byrd pitched another quality game, allowing three runs in six innings to earn the victory. As good as the big inning was for the Tribe, arguably the play of the game came in the sixth. With the Indians up 5-3, Casey Blake made an amazing diving grab with two runners on to save the lead.

“I remember thinking I didn’t know how I came up with it,” Blake said. “I didn’t think I had it until I looked at it in the glove.”

Bob Wickman entered in the ninth to save his 15th game, but not before Eric Wedge was ejected for arguing a strike-three call. What made the win so impressive was the fact that the Tribe snapped John Lackey’s scoreless streak. Before the five-run fifth, Lackey had not allowed a run in his previous 30 2/3 innings pitched.

“You don’t like what happened in between, but to win the first one and win the last one against those two pitchers says a lot about our club,” Wedge said, referring to Lackey and Twins phenom Francisco Liriano.

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