Indians 4, Angels 0

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 29, 2012
Derek Lowe pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians scored three runs on Angels errors to beat Los Angeles 4-0 Sunday. Lowe (4-1) retired 12 batters on ground balls, including Albert Pujols three times. Pujols also struck out against reliever Chris Perez, extending his career-long homerless streak to 117 at-bats. Ervin Santana (0-5), in his first start against Cleveland since throwing a no-hitter at Progressive Field last July 27, allowed two unearned runs over seven innings. The runs scored when nine-time Gold Glove outfielder Torii Hunter lost a routine two-out fly ball in the sun for an error in the fifth. Los Angeles has totaled only 11 runs while losing six of seven. They fell farther into last place in the AL West by being shut out for the fourth time overall. Cleveland leads the AL Central. Pujols is homerless in 22 games since signing his $240 million contract with the Angels. In 2006, he set an April record with 14 homers for St. Louis. The three-time NL MVP hit five homers during the 2011 postseason for the Cardinals, but has not connected in the regular season since Sept. 22. Lowe allowed only a pair of singles by Kendrys Morales over the first 7 2-3 innings before running into trouble. He left after issuing his second walk of the game, to Maicer Izturis, who went to third on a long single to right-center by Chris Iannetta. Vinnie Pestano came on and walked rookie Mike Trout to load the bases before striking out Howie Kendrick The Indians went ahead in the fifth, when they put two runners on in an inning for the third time against Santana. With one out, Aaron Cunningham reached on an infield hit and Michael Brantley walked. Santana struck out Jason Kipnis and appeared about to get out of another jam when Asdrubal Cabrera flied to right. Hunter drifted under the ball, then shaded his eyes and ducked as it fell next to him. The Indians quickly ruined whatever no-hit thoughts Santana may have had when Brantley and Kipnis led off the first inning with singles. Santana came right back to get Cabrera to bounce a ball right back to him and the right-hander turned a double play. He then got Travis Hafner to fly out. Santana also escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the fourth when Shelley Duncan popped out. The right-hander is 0-7 overall since winning at Seattle on Sept. 1. His only win over Cleveland in 12 career starts against the Indians was his no-hitter. He's 1-7 overall against Cleveland. The Indians scored twice in the eighth off Kevin Jepsen, whose throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Hannahan made it 3-0. Duncan added a sacrifice fly. Cleveland's homerless streak reached 11 games, their longest drought since a 14-game streak, April 10-22, 1983. NOTES: Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo missed his fifth game with a strained left hamstring. He did some running in the outfield during pregame and said he hopes to play Tuesday. ... OF Levon Washington, the Indians' No. 2 draft pick in 2010, will have right hip surgery on Monday. He was hitting .440 in six games at Class A Lake County. Expected recovery is two to four months. ... The Angels are 1-12 when scoring three runs or less. ... Trout, second-youngest player in the majors to Washington OF Bryce Harper, was born in August 1991 - two months after Lowe was drafted by the Seattle Mariners.
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