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Chris Perez Saves Tribe Win Over Angels; Shelley Duncan Homers Twice

The Indians, behind two home runs and four RBI from Shelley Duncan, defeated the Los Angeles Angels tonight 4-3 to take the opener of their three-game set at Progressive Field.

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Chris Perez put runners at the corners with one out in the ninth but worked his way out of the jam to earn his 20th save and to give the victory to Josh Tomlin (4-3), who pitched into the seventh and then watched Rafael Perez and Joe Smith carry the game to the ninth for Chris Perez to finish up.

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Duncan drove in a run with a single in the first, homered in the fourth and hit a two-run blast in the sixth to give the Indians just enough cushion to gain their 59th win of the season and to remain in a tie with Kansas City for fourth place in the Central.

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Game two of the series will be on Wednesday night with Jeanmar Gomez opposing Jered Weaver.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.