|Indians rally from 5-run deficit, beat Angels 6-5|
|Monday, August 12, 2013 12:26 AM|
CLEVELAND — Leave it to Nick Swisher, a man of many words, to come up with the best explanation after the Cleveland Indians broke their 6-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
“It didn’t matter how we got it,” he said, shaking his head. “That’s a much-needed win, not only for us but for our fans. It’s crazy how this game works.”
No one would disagree with Swisher’s assessment.
The comeback from a 5-run deficit helped the Indians avoid their first 0-7 homestand since Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 1990, and took some of the sting out of what had been a disastrous week.
Cleveland lost the first six games on its biggest homestand of the season and appeared well on its way to No. 7.
Michael Bourn drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning single.
The Indians, held to one hit through five innings, got back in the game in the sixth on 2-run homers by Swisher and Mike Aviles, who entered the game in the third after shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was ejected.
Carlos Santana’s leadoff homer in the seventh off J.C. Gutierrez (0-3) tied the game. Lonnie Chisenhall drew a 1-out walk and moved to second on Drew Stubbs’ single. Nick Maronde relieved but Bourn lined his first pitch to left field, giving Cleveland the lead.
For five innings, it looked as if the Indians were about to go winless on the homestand. Justin Masterson allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings and Cleveland’s hitters were completely baffled by Angels starter Jerome Williams.
Matt Albers (3-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings and Chris Perez recorded his 18th save as the Indians’ bullpen threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
Perez retired the side in order in the ninth.
The Indians had won 10-of-11 and were only three games behind Detroit in the American League Central when the week began but were swept in a 4-game series against the Tigers and lost the first two games to the Angels.
The Indians, who were outscored 42-21 on the homestand, trail Detroit by seven games as they begin a 9-game road trip that takes them to Minnesota, Oakland and Los Angeles.
The Indians looked sloppy and frustrated in the early going. Cabrera, who failed to make two plays in the second, was ejected in the bottom of the inning for arguing a strike call. Aviles replaced Cabrera at shortstop and made a throwing error in the fourth.
Josh Hamilton’s RBI single and Mark Trumbo’s run-scoring groundout in first gave the Angels a 2-0 lead. Mike Trout drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the second for the Angels, who came into town with a 4-game losing streak.
The second-inning rally began with one out when Hank Conger singled off Swisher’s glove at first. Cabrera couldn’t field Grant Green’s hard ground ball, which moved Conger to third. Masterson had a chance to get out of the inning when Conger was forced out at home on J.B. Shuck’s ground ball but he walked Kole Calhoun to load the bases.
Trout grounded a 1-2 pitch to the left of Cabrera, who took a half step and made no attempt to dive for the ball. Green and Shuck scored on the play.
Cabrera wasn’t around much longer. Leading off the bottom of the inning, he stepped out of the box after taking a called second strike and exchanged words with plate umpire Vic Carapazza. He then struck out swinging, argued with the umpire again and was ejected. Cabrera flung his bat and helmet to the ground before going to the dugout.
Williams was in complete control going into the sixth. He retired 10 in a row before Bourn singled with two outs. Swisher’s drive cleared the wall in left and cut the lead to 5-2. After Jason Kipnis walked, Aviles homered into the bleachers in left, which finished Williams.
YANKEES 5, TIGERS 4
NEW YORK — After Mariano Rivera blew a third straight save for the first time in his famed career, Brett Gardner homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the New York Yankees over the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Sunday for their first series win in more than a month.
Rivera (3-2) gave up another homer to a limping Miguel Cabrera and a drive to Victor Martinez in the top of the ninth, tying it at 4 and turning Alex Rodriguez’s first homer of the season into a footnote.
Gardner connected off Jose Veras (0-5).
Rivera has a record 643 saves but had never failed three in a row in 1,087 relief appearances coming in.
ROYALS 4, RED SOX 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — James Shields earned his first home win in more than three months, Alex Gordon homered and the Kansas City Royals beat Boston.
The Royals improved to 18-5 since the All-Star break, winning seven consecutive series.
Shields (7-8) gave up three runs and seven hits over seven innings. Greg Holland got his 32nd save in 34 opportunities.
Gordon connected off John Lackey (7-10) for his third homer in five games.
The contending Royals announced a trade after the game, getting veteran infielder Jamey Carroll from Minnesota for cash or a player to be named.
RANGERS 6, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON — Martin Perez threw a 4-hitter for his first career complete game, leading the Texas Rangers past Houston for their seventh straight victory.
Chris Carter ruined Perez’s shutout bid with a home run with two outs in the ninth inning.
Alex Rios had two hits, drove in a run and scored twice in his second game with the Rangers, who have won 12 of their last 13 games. Adrian Beltre also had two hits.
Perez (5-3) struck out a career-high eight while walking two in earning his second straight win.
Dallas Keuchel (5-7) allowed six runs and eight hits with eight strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 4, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO — Alberto Callaspo hit a tie-breaking 2-run double in the eighth inning, Brandon Moss had a 2-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat Toronto.
Callaspo’s hit came against Darren Oliver (3-3).
Ryan Cook (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win. Grant Balfour worked around Brett Lawrie’s RBI double in the ninth for his 30th save in 31 chances. Balfour got Jose Reyes to ground out with the bases loaded to end it.
MARINERS 2, BREWERS 0
SEATTLE — Felix Hernandez blanked Milwaukee on four hits for eight innings and the Seattle Mariners topped the Brewers.
Hernandez (12-5) struck out nine and walked one in his first career appearance against the Brewers. The 2010 AL Cy Young winner leads the league with a 2.28 ERA and is second with 178 strikeouts.
Danny Farquhar worked the ninth for his fourth save.
Wily Peralta (8-12) pitched a complete game and allowed four hits. He walked none and struck out four.
TWINS 5, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO — Kevin Correia pitched seven shutout innings, Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer backed him with home runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox.
Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie hit solo home runs off Casey Fien in the White Sox ninth.
Dozier’s 3-run homer off Jose Quintana (6-4) gave the Twins a 3-0 lead in the fifth. After Jamey Carroll singled, Mauer hit his ninth homer.
Correia (8-8) struck out seven, tying a season high. He allowed five hits and one walk.