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June 18, 2014

Angels bedevil Tribe

Trout’s 2 homers help LA snap Wahoos’ win streak at 3

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ home winning streak ended on Tuesday, and it wasn’t as if there was any doubt about the outcome.

Josh Tomlin allowed more than 3 earned runs in a start for the first time this season, as a four-run fifth inning propelled the visiting Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a 9-3 win on Tuesday, evening the four-game series at one apiece.

The contest was delayed 11 minutes by rain in the middle of the ninth inning, after it had effectively been decided.

The loss stopped Cleveland’s home winning streak at 10 games, and its overall winning skein at 3. Its 22-12 home record is still the best in the majors.

Mike Trout, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games, led the Angel attack with a pair of homers and a double, for 4 RBI. Included was a three-run shot off Tomlin (4-4, 3.86 ERA) that capped the fifth-inning uprising and put Los Angeles (38-32) in front for good.

Trout, of course, has been the runner-up to Miguel Cabrera in the AL MVP voting for the last 2 years.

“I think for his sake, they should rest him tomorrow,” manager Terry Francona said, clearly with his tongue in his cheek. “He’s got a chance to be a pretty good player. They don’t want to tire him out.”

Kole Calhoun added a career-high tying 4 hits as well as 3 runs, including a solo homer against Josh Outman in the ninth inning. All in all, the Angels bashed 4 round-trippers and rapped 15 hits.

Tomlin exited after 5 1/3 innings, with 6 runs allowed (5 earned) on 11 hits.

Meanwhile, 27-year-old rookie right-hander Matt Shoemaker kept the Tribe (36-36) in check. Shoemaker (4-1, 3.83) lasted 8 innings — a career high— allowing the two runs on 5 hits and one walk while striking out a career-best 10 batters. Ernesto Frieri replaced him after the delay, and was able to finish up, although he gave up a run.

“(Shoemaker’s) pitch count was low (94),” Francona said. “He threw a real good breaking ball and a lot of strikes.”

The Angels scored a run in the top of the first that was set up by Trout’s double off the left-center-field wall.

The Tribe got even in the second when David Murphy’s grounder brought home Carlos Santana. Santana had led off with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Lonnie Chisenhall.

Chisenhall’s 434-foot blast to the right side of the Cleveland bullpen in center put the Indians on top 2-1 in the fourth.

Los Angeles took over with a 4-spot in the fifth. After David Freese grounded a hit up the middle, Raul Ibanez reached on an error when shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, playing on the right side of the infield as part of a shift, could not field the ball when he tried to make a quick scoop of a grounder and tag as part of a double play, instead of opting for the sure out at first. It was Cabrera’s 13th error of the season.

“I think he was trying to get two,” Francona said. “It’s easy to say that when it’s over, but the play’s happening fast. You’re always trying to get an out, but I understand what he was trying to do.”

One out later, Calhoun grounded a single to right, tying the game and sending Ibanez to third. Trout then sliced a 3-2 offering just over the right-field fence for a three-run homer.

Tomlin quickly got ahead of Trout 0-2, but Trout battled until the eighth pitch, a fastball down and away, which he was able to hit. Tomlin related that he threw Trout a “handful of sliders” in the at-bat.

“The more pitches he saw, the more dangerous he got,” Francona said.

With two outs and a man on first, Erick Aybar doubled into the left-field corner, but Cabrera’s relay from Ryan Raburn was in plenty of time to nab Josh Hamilton at the plate.

Los Angeles tacked on another run in the sixth on Howie Kendrick’s homer to center.

“I thought (Tomlin) was fighting his command a little bit,” Francona said. “He didn’t walk anybody, which he rarely does. He was fighting his fastball.

“He limited the damage in the first inning, and then I thought he pulled it together over the next 3 innings. We couldn’t keep Calhoun off base.”

“I kind of settled in (after struggling at  the beginning),” Tomlin said. “But I still made a couple mistakes, and I paid for it.”

Trout’s second homer, a 422-foot blast to left-center off Mark Lowe, extended it to 7-2 in the seventh.

Kendrick’s third hit, a run-scoring double in the ninth, provided the final Angel run.

The Indians scored their third run in the ninth when Jason Kipnis doubled and came all the way around on Santana’s infield hit.

Kyle Crockett also worked for Cleveland.

Goldman is a freelance writer from South Euclid.

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