Percival earned his first career save at the Jake on Monday, striking out pinch-hitter Alex Ramirez with the winning run on base as the Anaheim Angels held on for a 3-2 win over the banged up Cleveland Indians.
Percival entered with an 0-6 record and 8.41 ERA against the Indians, including an 0-3 mark and 19.06 ERA at Jacobs Field. But he overcame the odds by fanning Ramirez after Angels manager Mike Scioscia boldly had Percival intentionally walk Roberto Alomar following Omar Vizquel's two-out double.
"For me, Roberto Alomar is a guy you don't want to give a chance to tie the game to," Scioscia said. "I have a lot of confidence in Percival against anyone, but I felt a lot more comfortable with him against Ramirez. That was a simple decision."
Troy Glaus, whose throwing error in the eighth inning helped Cleveland tie it, homered leading off the 10th as the Angels snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Indians.
Glaus' 16th homer, a shot into the left-field bleachers off Steve Karsay (0-3), enabled the Angels to recover after allowing the Indians to tie it with two unearned runs in the eighth.
Benji Gil had two RBI groundouts for Anaheim, which got five no-hit innings from starter Jarrod Washburn and solid relief from its bullpen.
Washburn was lifted after five innings by Scioscia because of tightness in his left shoulder.
Meanwhile, a season full of sprains, strains, pulls and tears just got more painful for the Indians.
Manny Ramirez, Cleveland's All-Star right fielder, strained his left hamstring during the eighth inning and could be headed to the Indians' already crowded disabled list.
"If Manny goes down, that's really tough," said first baseman Jim Thome. "He's the core of our lineup. It's like, 'Who's next?"'
Ramirez, who will have an MRI on Tuesday, pulled up while running out a grounder in the eighth.
"I saw him limp and I said, 'Oh, no,' " Indians manager Charlie Manuel said.
Cleveland has seven players _ six pitchers _ on the DL and the Indians have little help on their bench because both utilityman Enrique Wilson and catcher Sandy Alomar have strained hamstrings and can't play.
Since May 18 _ when they put three pitchers on the DL _ the Indians have made 19 roster moves.
Washburn admitted his shoulder was stiff but couldn't convince Scioscia to keep him in.
"After the fifth inning, he said, 'All right, you're done,' " Washburn said. "So I laughed. I thought he was joking."
Scioscia said he didn't want to send Washburn back out there and have him risk his future.
"Enough was enough," Scioscia said. "He's not going to be an attorney because he lost his argument. As much as you want to win the ballgame, you have to look at the big picture."
Shigetoshi Hasegawa (4-0), Anaheim's fourth pitcher, got the win.
Cleveland, which ran itself out of a big inning in the eighth, wasted a brilliant performance by Jim Brower, making his first start this season and the third of his career.
The right-hander, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on May 18 when the Indians placed three pitchers on the disabled list, gave up just one earned run and two hits in a career-best 7 2/3 innings.