Baseball / Sports

Angels topple Indians

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For any fans who like instant replay, walks and relief pitchers, the Angels' 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night was a treat.

Two crucial calls were reviewed, and one of the keys to the game was the Angels won theirs and the Indians lost theirs.

The Angels got two runs out of their successful challenge in the fifth inning, while the Indians had the potential tying run stranded on base in the eighth after they lost one.

By the time the game ended, the Indians had used four relievers and the Angels six. The teams combined for 12 walks. The difference in the game was in the fifth when Manager Mike Scioscia made his fifth challenge of the season, the third that he won.

This one reversed the third out of the inning, as J.B. Shuck beat the back end of a potential double play. The Angels then scored two more runs on a Howie Kendrick single.

It was the first time an Angels challenge led to runs. (An instant replay review gave Kendrick a homer in Detroit, but reviews of potential home runs are initiated by the umpires, not the manager.)

Kendrick's hit turned a 2-0 game into a 4-0 game, which should have led to a comfortable victory on a night that Jered Weaver seemed to be cruising.

Weaver had allowed just four singles -- two of them bunts against the shift -- through five innings. Things began to unravel in the sixth, though.

Weaver, gave up four straight one-out hits and came out of the game.

That left the Angels bullpen 14 outs to maneuver to secure the victory. Michael Kohn got two of them to escape the sixth, but it took three pitchers to get out of the seventh, and the Indians scored twice to cut the lead to 5-4

In the eighth, Fernando Salas got out of the inning after the Angels turned a double play. Indians manager Terry Francona challenged the out at first, but the call stood.

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