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''Here, You Take It'...'No, It's Yours'" -- Indians Play Take A Lead, Lose A Lead, But Prevail Over Angels

The Indians played a wild affair today against the L.A. Angels, leading first 4-0, losing that lead, then jumping ahead 7-4 only to have the Angels catch up again, before, finally, the Indians took the lead for the third and last time, holding off the Halo’s 10-7.

And this wasn’t the wildest game of the day, as the Cincinnati Reds jumped on Arizona to the tune of 10-0 — and lost to the Diamondbacks, 13-10.

In the Tribe game, Justin Masterson was staked to that 4-0 lead but gave it all back in the Angels’ third inning. Masterson ended up going 4.2 frames, surrendering six hits and four runs — three earned — before leaving with no decision.

Cleveland scored thrice in the seventh to regain a "comfortable" advantage — only to see the Angels score three in their half off of Jensen Lewis.

When the Tribe added a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth, the rest of the bullpen was able to make the third lead of the day stand up, with Frank Herrmann working an inning-and-a-third for the save and making a winner of Doug Mathis.

The Indians managed just seven hits in improving their Cactus League record to 9-11. Included in the output were homers from Travis Buck and Shelley Duncan. No Tribesman managed more than one hit, but on a day when, conversely, the Angels collected ten hits, Cleveland’s were more timely.

And it made for an odd-looking line-score: Indians 10-7-2; Angels 7-10-1.

Cleveland is back in action tomorrow against the aforementioned Diamondbacks at 4:05. Stay tuned for a preview of that game tomorrow morning.

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