Escobar saves Street with winning RBI, Angels top Indians
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Everything has been a struggle for the Los Angeles Angels lately, and on Saturday night, even victory came with some complications.
The Angels got a masterful performance from Matt Shoemaker, only to have closer Huston Street allow three runs in the ninth inning for a tie game.
For the first time in a while, though, the Angels had an answer. Yunel Escobar lined a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth, and Los Angeles beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 to snap a five-game losing streak.
''It's not frustrating,'' Shoemaker said. ''That's going to happen sometimes. The important thing is we got a win, especially after a little rough patch.''
The Angels had lost 11 of their last 15, but Shoemaker put them in excellent position. He struck out 11 over his eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk.
Shoemaker's streak of strikeouts without allowing a free pass ended at 49 when he walked Carlos Santana in the seventh on four straight pitches. It was only his second three-ball count of the game.
The Angels scratched three runs off right-hander Trevor Bauer, scoring an unearned run in the fourth inning on Jefry Marte's double and adding two more in the seventh on a bases-loaded bloop single by Kole Calhoun.
But in the ninth, Angels manager Mike Scioscia went to Street, who promptly blew the save. Santana singled in one run, Lonnie Chisenhall scored the second run with a sacrifice fly and Tyler Naquin tied it with a single.
It was only Street's fourth game since coming off the disabled list with an oblique strain that forced him to miss 32 games.
''There's some things that he's kind of struggling with, there are some release-point issues,'' Scioscia said. ''I don't think it's anything major. He's a touch and feel guy and has really good command, and right now he's struggling to find some of that.''
Fernando Salas (3-2) replaced Street and got the final out of the ninth.
The Angels rallied against right-hander Bryan Shaw (0-2) in the bottom of the inning. A leadoff single by Brendan Ryan and a sacrifice bunt by Jett Bandy set the stage for Escobar's winning single.
''The team needed a win and this is a good step forward,'' Escobar said.
Bauer allowed three runs - two earned - in eight innings with nine hits, a walk and three strikeouts.
''He's been fantastic his last two starts, Seattle and here,'' Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said. ''He looks like he has a new gameplan figured out, and it's working for him.''
Indians: C Yan Gomes (contused testicles) has not started the past two games but is scheduled to start in Sunday's series finale.
Angels: RHP Tim Lincecum is scheduled to make his third and likely final rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday. ... SS Andrelton Simmons (thumb ligament tear) could also be activated this week.
Indians: After being skipped a turn in the rotation to deal with shoulder fatigue, RHP Danny Salazar (6-3) is scheduled to return to the mound for Cleveland. His last start was June 3 against the Royals (one run in eight innings). He has won four of his last five decisions.
Angels: With four starting pitchers still on the disabled list, Los Angeles will turn again to LHP David Huff (0-1), needing a much improved outing. In his first start for the Angels on Tuesday against the Yankees, he lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits.