Indians Rally Past Angels
CLEVELAND (AP) – Michael Bourn drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning single, and the Cleveland Indians rallied from a five-run deficit to break a six-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
The Indians, held to one hit through five innings, got back in the game in the sixth on two-run homers by Nick 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 one-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.
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, who allowed four runs in the ninth to blow a save against Detroit in the first game of the homestand Monday, retired the side in order in the ninth.
The comeback 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.
The Indians had won 10 of 11 and were only three games behind Detroit in the American League Central, but were swept in a four-game series against the Tigers and lost the first two games to the Angels.
The Indians, who were outscored 42-21 on the homestand, trailed Detroit by eight games and were four games out of the second wild-card spot in the AL going into Sunday.
Mike Trout drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the second for the Angels, who came into town with a four-game losing streak.
Indians starter Justin Masterson lasted only 4 1-3 innings. He allowed five runs, seven hits and four walks.