Indians slip by Angels in 12 innings
Published 1:59 am Wednesday, August 5, 2015
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rookie Giovanny Urshela hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning after teammate Carlos Carrasco pitched one-hit ball through the first nine, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Lonnie Chisenhall led off the 12th with a single against Jose Alvarez (2-3), who was working his third inning of relief.
Cam Bedrosian replaced him and got two outs before Urshela — the Indians’ No.9 hitter, drove a 1-0 pitch into the lower seats in the left field corner for his fourth h1omer after starting the road trip 1 for 20.
Zach McAllister pitched one inning for the victory and Cody Allen got three outs for his 22nd save in 24 chances.
Carrasco struck out seven, including Kole Calhoun with the potential winning run at second base to end the game. Last Thursday at Oakland, the 28-year-old right-hander from Venezuela pitched a two-hitter and retired his final 16 batters in a 3-1 victory.
The Angels didn’t get their first baserunner until reigning AL MVP Mike Trout drew a two-out walk in the fourth. That ended a string of 27 consecutive batters retired by Carrasco — the equivalent of a perfect game — since his one-out walk to Brett Lawrie in the fourth inning at Oakland.
Carrasco held the Athletics hitless over the final 8 2-3 innings that night after giving up Josh Reddick’s one-out RBI double in the first. The Angels’ only hit against Carrasco was a clean single to center by former teammate David Murphy leading off the fifth, ending Carrasco’s streak of 12 2-3 consecutive hitless frames.
Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker posted his third straight scoreless outing, scattering five hits over six innings and tying a career high with 10 strikeouts — one night after teammate Garrett Richards equaled his career best with 11 Ks in a series-opening 5-4 win.
Shoemaker has pitched 19 consecutive innings without giving up a run, and has allowed no more than two in any of his last six starts for a 1.49 ERA during that stretch.
Shoemaker struck out rookie Francisco Lindor with runners at first and second to end the third inning, then fanned him again with the bases loaded to end the fifth after a two-out walk to Jose Ramirez. Lindor has gone six games and 26 at-bats without an RBI since his three-run homer capped a four-RBI night against Kansas City on July 29, at Progressive Field.
Michael Brantley led off the Cleveland fourth with a line drive off the 18-foot wall in right field and tried to stretch it into a double. But Calhoun played the carom perfectly and made a strong throw that shortstop Erick Aybar short-hopped before making a lunging tag on the runner.
Chisenhall, who left Monday night’s game in the fourth inning with a strained neck and whiplash after attempting a diving catch on a bloop single to right field by Carlos Perez, was back in the lineup and went 1 for 5 with two strikeouts.
Angels: RHP Jered Weaver, who hasn’t pitched for the club since June 20 because of inflammation in his left hip, made his second start for Class A Inland Empire on Tuesday night. He threw 84 pitches in 5 2-3 innings, giving up three runs and two homers while striking out five against Lake Elsinore.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (9-6) is looking to win consecutive starts for the first time since beating Minnesota, Detroit and Kansas City in his first three outings of the season. Last Friday, he yielded an unearned run over eight innings and just one hit — a third-inning single by Eric Sogard — in a 2-1 victory at Oakland.
Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (7-5) has pitched only five innings in each of his last three starts, including an 11-1 win over Boston on July 20, when he threw 114 pitches and struck out 10. In that game, he gave up a leadoff single in the sixth before coming out.