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(Sunday, August 11th)
Final Score: Cleveland 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 5
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Michael Bourn hit the go-ahead single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the finale of a three-game set.
The Indians were down 5-4 entering the inning, but Carlos Santana led off by hammering a home run off J.C. Gutierrez (0-3) to tie the game.
Lonnie Chisenhall later drew a one-out walk and Drew Stubbs singled up the middle before Gutierrez was replaced by Nick Maronde. Bourn's base hit to left scored Chisenhall and gave the Indians the lead for good.
"I can't really explain it to you," said Bourn. "We just never gave up within the game. We were able to get something started in the sixth inning ... and right there, I think we knew we were back in the game. Carlos came up and tied it back up again and then I was able to get a hit to give us the lead."
Matt Albers (3-1) pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings of relief to pick up the win and Chris Perez threw a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 18th save. Justin Masterson got the start for Cleveland but struggled, surrendering five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.
Angels starter Jerome Williams allowed four runs and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old right-hander has not won since June 12 against the Orioles. Since that game, he has lost six of 10 starts and his ERA has ballooned from 3.15 to 4.85.
Mike Trout drove in two runs for the Angels, while Grant Green had a pair of hits and scored twice in the setback.
"We scored five but we had opportunities, RBI situations we didn't pick up," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "And that obviously, comes back to haunt you."
Williams had a one-hit shutout through the first five innings while pitching to a 5-0 lead, but met trouble in the sixth. After striking out Chisenhall and Stubbs, he gave up a single to Bourn before Nick Swisher homered to left center.
Following Jason Kipnis' walk, Mike Aviles, who replaced Asdrubal Cabrera after he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire in the second, smashed an 0-1 pitch to left to bring the Indians within one.
The Angels scored two runs in each of the first two innings.
In the first, Kole Calhoun and Trout were walked with one out. Josh Hamilton knocked an RBI single to left center and Mark Trumbo's grounder to second scored Trout.
Trout delivered a two-RBI single to center in the second to give them a 4-0 lead.
Los Angeles tacked on another run in the fourth. Green hit an infield single and reached second after Aviles' throw to first was off the mark. Two batters later, Calhoun scored him with a single to left.
The Indians are 293-317 against the Angels all-time but are 44-39 at Progressive Field ... Masterson entered the game 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 10 career appearances (seven starts) against the Angels ... The Angels have not swept a series against the Indians since Sept. 3-5, 2004 ... Trout has six RBI over his last seven games and has scored nine times in eight games. He has also reached base safely (via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch) in each of his last 33 games. Over eight seasons, only two Angels players have had a longer streak. Erick Aybar had a 36-game streak in 2011 and Chone Figgins had a 35- game streak in 2007 ... Aybar and Chris Nelson executed a double steal with one out in the fifth.
08/11 19:45:34 ET
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