LOS ANGELES—No need to wait your turn.
Losing two of three to the Oakland A's over the weekend, the Indians traveled 370 miles down Interstate 5 looking for some help from the Angels to get them back on track. Great starting pitching and timely hitting became the answer for the Tribe as they easily took down of the Halos in La-La Land, 5-2.
It marked the first time since June 29 the team opened with the first game of a series with a victory.
Having already beat the Tribe once this season 10 days ago in Cleveland, Angels starter Jered Weaver (7-7, 3.62 ERA) looked sharp at the outset again Monday night. Yielding just one hit to the first 11 batters he faced, Weaver ran into trouble in the fourth.
Walking Jason Kipnis to lead off the inning, the speedy second baseman stole his 23rd stolen base to get into scoring position for Carlos Santana. The switch-hitting slugger did not disappoint, connecting on a RBI single through the right side to score Kipnis and put the Tribe up, 1-0.