The Cleveland Indians start a nine-game, 10-day road trip in Baltimore tonight.
Unfortunately, they won't be visiting California.
Cleveland completed a four-game sweep of Anaheim on Thursday as Charles Nagy got his 15th victory and Richie Sexson hit his second three-run homer of the series, leading the Indians to a 6-5 win over the Angels.
With their ninth straight win over Anaheim, the Indians went 9-1 in 1999 vs. the Angels, losing only on opening day. Cleveland also won 10 of 10 against the Oakland Athletics.
"We're playing well right now," Sexson said. "But we can't worry about anything else. I just want to win a World Series. Real bad."
Sexson terrorized Angels pitchers in the series, going 8 for 14 (.571) with four runs, three homers and nine RBIs. The 6-foot-8 Sexson is among the league leaders in RBI ratio -- one every 4.2 at-bats, a percentage better than Ken Griffey Jr. and teammate Jim Thome, and has 27 homers and 96 RBIs.
"I didn't expect Richie to have numbers like that, but I didn't expect him to have 400 at-bats, either," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said. "I would have expected these kinds of numbers if I knew Richie was going to get this many at-bats, but I didn't expect Wil Cordero to break his wrist, which allowed Richie to get these at-bats."
Cordero is to start a rehab assignment tonight at Class AA Akron.
Nagy (15-9) joined Atlanta's Greg Maddux as the only pitchers in the majors to win at least 15 games in each of the past five seasons.
The Angels made it close in the ninth on two-run homers by Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon. But Mike Jackson, the Indians' third reliever in the inning, got his 33rd save when David Justice made a leaping catch of Troy Glaus' drive at the left-field wall to end the game.
Roberto Alomar homered for the Indians, who won for the 11th time in 14 games and reduced their magic number for winning a fifth straight AL Central title to eight. Alomar is the first player in Indians history to score 100 runs, hit 20 homers, drive in 100 runs and steal 30 bases.
Jays' Wells digs deep
TORONTO -- Toronto needs every victory it can muster if it hopes to stay in the American League wild-card race.
With Boston and Oakland having lost, David Wells knew a win would be big.
"His music was unusually loud," catcher Darrin Fletcher said after Wells pitched a four-hitter, leading the Blue Jays to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. "Everyone knows when Boomer pitches, but he seemed fired up today."
Wells (13-9), who listens to Metallica before every start, struck out seven and walked one in his 33rd career complete game and fifth this year.
Toronto moved within four games of Boston and two games of Oakland in the AL wild-card race.
"It was a big game for us. We don't want to fall further behind," Wells said. "I threw two breaking balls for strikes in the first inning and I knew I was going to have a good game."
Carlos Delgado's three-run homer, a 431-foot shot to center, gave Toronto a 4-0 lead in the first.
Mets infielders brawl on team bus
NEW YORK -- Mets infielders Rey Ordonez and Luis Lopez were involved in an altercation early Thursday morning on the team bus following the club's return from Houston.
Ordonez, the Mets' starting shortstop, received six stitches over his left eye and is day to day, general manager Steve Phillips said. Lopez, a reserve infielder, was not injured.
"I feel confident this is something that has been resolved and is behind us," Phillips said.
The altercation occurred at approximately 4 a.m. as the team bus was traveling from Newark Airport back to Shea Stadium.
Leyland ponders quitting
DENVER -- Colorado Rockies manager Jim Leyland, who signed a $6 million, three-year contract last winter, said he will finish the year with Colorado but may not return next season.
If he steps down, he said he would like to remain with the Rockies in some capacity.
"To do this job right, the fire has to burn 12, 14 hours a day," Leyland said Thursday, responding to reports that he plans to resign at the end of the season.
"I'm a maniac during the game, and that fire burns like it always has, but I think to do the job right, you've got to work at it 12 hours a day, and I'm not sure I'm doing very good at that right now. This is not final. It's a strong possibility."
Around the horn
Sal Fasano homered and Mac Suzuki pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball as the Royals beat the Red Sox, 4-2, and spoiled the return of Ramon Martinez (0-1), who have up all four Royals runs in three innings. . . . Deivi Cruz's two-run homer rallied the Tigers to an 8-7 win over the Rangers. Bobby Higginson homered twice for the Tigers. Jeff Zimmerman (9-3) allowed four eighth-inning runs and took the loss. . . . Joe McEwing hit an RBI single in the ninth as the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 4-3, St. Louis' third straight victory. The Cards' Mark McGwire went 0 for 4 and remained four home runs behind Sammy Sosa, who leads the major leagues with 56. . . . Joe Nathan pitched seven strong innings and Barry Bonds had a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run as the Giants beat the Phillies, 3-2, completing a four-game sweep. The Giants won for the 13th time in 15 games. But they failed to gain substantial ground on the NL West-leading Diamondbacks until the past three days, when they cut 2 1/2 games from the deficit to close within six.