Angels rally by Indians
Published 1:49 am Thursday, August 6, 2015
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Cron hit a tying two-run single with two out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning against Cleveland closer Cody Allen and pinch-runner Taylor Featherston scored on a wild pitch, giving the Los Angeles Angels a 4-3 victory over the Indians on Wednesday.
Allen (1-4), coming in to protect a 3-1 lead for Danny Salazar, was charged with his third blown save in 25 chances after giving up a one-out single to Albert Pujols and two-out walks to Erick Aybar and Conor Gillaspie. Cron lined an 0-1 pitch to center to tie it, and Allen uncorked his third wild pitch of the season with pinch-hitter David DeJesus at the plate. The Angels came in 0-44 when trailing after eight.
Cam Bedrosian (1-0), the son of 1987 Cy Young Award-winning closer Steve Bedrosian, pitched a perfect ninth for his first career victory.
Jose Ramirez and Ryan Raburn hit leadoff homers in the sixth and seventh innings against Angels first-time All-Star Hector Santiago, who allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings and struck out seven.
Salazar allowed a run and three hits, struck out seven and walked two. The right-hander hasn’t won consecutive starts since beating Minnesota, Detroit and Kansas City in his first three outings of the season. On Friday, he yielded an unearned run and one hit through eight innings and retired his last 18 batters in a 2-1 victory at Oakland.
Ramirez, recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Monday when Jason Kipnis went on the disabled list, gave the Indians a 2-1 lead with his homer into the left field bullpen. It was the fourth home run in 411 big league at-bats to that point for the switch-hitting second baseman, and his second for the Tribe this season. The other one was on April 9 at Houston.
Raburn, inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since July 26 as the designated hitter, chased Santiago with his fifth homer on the left-hander’s 99th pitch.
Cleveland had runners at the corners with none out in the first when rookie Francisco Lindor got picked off first base by catcher Chris Iannetta. Ramirez was stranded at third, but the Indians got on the board in the fourth on Raburn’s two-out single after Lindor led off the inning with a double.
The defending AL West champion Angels, held to one hit through nine innings by Carlos Carrasco and just two altogether in a 12-inning 2-0 loss on Tuesday night, didn’t get their first hit against Salazar until Kole Calhoun led off the fourth by driving a 1-1 pitch an estimated 415 feet over the trees in center field to tie the score.
It was the 15th homer and career-high 59th RBI for Calhoun, who was robbed of a home run by center fielder Michael Bourn on Monday night.
Indians: Rookie RHP Cody Anderson (2-3) gets the assignment Friday night for the opener of a three-game series against Minnesota at Progressive Field. He is 0-2 with an 8.40 ERA in his last three starts, getting the decision in a 5-1 loss at Oakland on Saturday.
Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (5-1) will start the opener of a three-game set against Baltimore at the “Big A” on Friday night. He was named AL rookie of the month for July after going 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four starts, and has not allowed more than two runs in any of his seven outings.