Baseball / Sports

Angels clobber Indians 9-3

CLEVELAND -- Mike Trout slugged two of the Los Angeles Angels' three homers Tuesday night, accounting for four runs as the visitors pummeled the Cleveland Indians 9-3 in the second game of a four-game series at Progressive Field.

While the Indians pitching staff couldn't match the previous night's tidy effort that resulted in an efficient win, Angels right-handed pitcher Matt Shoemaker did all the dominating on the mound in this game.

The 27-year-old starter pitched a career-high eight innings as he limited the Tribe's offense to two runs on a David Murphy groundout in the second inning and Lonnie Chisenhall solo homer in the fourth.

Indians starter Josh Tomlin gave up six runs (five earned) on 11 hits in just 5 1/3 innings en route to his fourth loss. Meanwhile, Shoemaker all but cruised through his start, limiting the Indians to five hits while striking out a career-best 10 in his fourth win of the season.

The Angels jumped ahead early, tagging Tomlin for a first-inning run before the Indians knotted the score with a run in the second. Carlos Santana led off with a walk, took two bases on a Chisenhall single and then scored on Murphy's RBI groundout.

But an error by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera came back to haunt the Indians in the fifth inning. It helped set up the Angels' next score -- an RBI single by Kole Calhoun that tied the game 2-2. The Angels then piled on Tomlin for four runs in the inning, highlighted by Trout's three-run homer that gave the visitors a 5-2 advantage and all but put the game out of reach the way Shoemaker was pitching.

With Tomlin continuing to labor in the lengthy fifth, the Indians defense helped bail him out of the jam. Second baseman Jason Kipnis made a diving stop to his right in a defensive shift, threw a one-hopper across his body to a stretched-out Santana that nabbed veteran slugger Albert Pujols.

On the next batter, left fielder Ryan Raburn (subbing for starter Michael Brantley, who was scratched with a possible concussion from Monday's game) helped throw out Josh Hamilton at the plate. Raburn fielded an Erick Aybar double and threw to cutoff man Cabrera at short. Cabrera tossed a bullet to Yan Gomes in time to tag a sliding Hamilton at the plate to get out of the inning without further damage.

But Tomlin couldn't take advantage of the break, giving up a sixth-inning lead-off homer to Howie Kendrick that increased the Angels' lead to four runs. With Tomlin's night over and one out in the sixth, rookie left-handed reliever Kyle Crockett was the only Tribe pitcher to get the job done, retiring the two batters he faced.

Crockett's replacements weren't so lucky. Right-hander Mark Lowe relieved Crockett to start the seventh inning and quickly gave up a lead-off homer to Trout -- his 17th of the season -- that padded the Angels' lead to five runs.

The visitors had one more homer and two more runs in them. Calhoun hit a ninth-inning solo homer off Indians reliever Josh Outman, who also gave up a run-scoring double to Kendrick before escaping the inning.

Just as the Tribe came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, rain delayed the game by 11 minutes. Shoemaker had initially come out to try for a complete game, but after the rain, reliever Ernesto Frieri finished the game. The Indians scratched another run across the plate when they opened the ninth inning against the Angels closer, who'd come on to get work in the blowout. Kipnis led off with a double against Frieri, and Santana earned an infield RBI single when no one bothered to cover home plate and Kipnis scored.

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