Indians fall to Angels

JOE RESNICK Associated Press Published:

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians made their first visit this season to Angel Stadium and found an old friend in the closer's role for the other team -- Joe Smith.

The right-hander, who spent the previous five seasons with the Indians, got three outs in the ninth inning to preserve a 6-3 victory for Los Angeles on Monday night for his first save with the Angels. His role changed after a series of poor outings by Ernesto Frieri.

"I don't think your attitude changes," Smith said. "I mean, if you're coming on in the seventh or eighth inning, the goal is the same: get out of the inning with a zero and hand the ball off to the next guy. Now, the goal is to get out of the inning with a zero and slap hands. It doesn't matter what inning I'm throwing. I pitch people the same."

Smith retired Carlos Santana on a foul pop behind the plate, then gave up a single to pinch-hitter David Murphy before retiring Michael Brantley on a fielder's choice grounder and Asdrubal Cabrera on a line drove to center field.

"When he's on your team, he's easy to root for," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I'm one of his biggest fans -- and I only had the opportunity to have him for one year. For the guys who were around him longer than that, I can see why they like him so much. He's a pro's pro. I remember a conversation I had with Smitty when he was going through free agency, and I remember telling him flat out: 'We want you back so bad. But if we don't get you back, I hope you break the bank."

Smith, who signed a three-year, $15.75 million contract in November, was the setup man last year for the Tribe and got three saves along the way.

"Joe could be successful anywhere they put him," Francona said.

Fernando Salas (2-0) pitched a hitless eighth inning and got credit for the victory after the Angels broke a 3-all tie in the bottom half with an RBI single by Mike Trout and a two-run triple by Raul Ibanez against Justin Masterson (0-1).

Masterson gave up six runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings after getting a no-decision in each of his first five starts. The right-hander hasn't posted a victory since beating the Angels 3-1 last Aug. 21 at the "Big A."

Nick Swisher misplayed J.B. Shuck's leadoff grounder to first base in the eighth for an error, and Erick Aybar bunted Shuck to second before Trout singled to left on a full-count pitch to snap a 3-all tie. Albert Pujols was walked intentionally in front of Ibanez, who capped the scoring with his triple to right-center on Masterson's 113th and final pitch.

Tyler Skaggs allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings and struck out six. The left-hander, staked to a 1-0 lead on Pujols' RBI groundout in the first, retired his first 10 batters before giving up a double by Swisher, a walk to Jason Kipnis and Santana's second homer of the season into the left field bullpen.

"Tyler hung a curveball to Santana, but other than that, he threw the ball awesome," Smith said. "If our starters go seven and give up three every time, that's great. Keep it rolling. It only makes it easier on us -- especially with this offense."

Santana, the Indians' switch-hitting third baseman, came in batting .122 over his first 24 games and was 3 for 22 with men in scoring position. But Francona said before the game that he wasn't ready to drop Santana out of the cleanup spot, where he has been in every game he's played.

The Angels tied it in the fifth on a two-out, two-run double down the right field line by Aybar after Masterson issued a leadoff walk to Ian Stewart and a single by David Freese. Stewart started at third base while Freese was the designated hitter on his 31st birthday.

The Indians, who had just gotten swept in a series at San Francisco, were 2 for 20 with runners in scoring position during that three-game set and totaled just five runs -- while their 4-5-6 hitters were a combined 0 for 29.

ATHLETICS 4, RANGERS 0

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sonny Gray threw a three-hitter for his first career complete game and the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 4-0 Monday night in Rangers ace Yu Darvish's shortest outing in the major leagues.

Gray (4-1) allowed only three singles while striking out six. Texas got only one runner to third base against the right-hander, who threw two wild pitches in the sixth after Robinson Chirinos singled.

Darvish (1-1) was gone after 3 1/3 innings, pulled after walking No. 9 batter Eric Sogard for the second time. Darvish is winless his last nine home starts.

Josh Donaldson had a two-run single in the third, and the A's made it 4-0 an inning later when Josh Reddick had an RBI triple before coming home on Daric Barton's sacrifice fly.

WHITE SOX 7, RAYS 3

CHICAGO -- Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer and Adam Eaton and Marcus Semien had two-run doubles, leading the Chicago White Sox to a comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, named American League co-player of the week earlier in the day, went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI, his 32nd.

But it was the lesser trio that did most of the damage, driving in five of the seven runs.

The White Sox (14-13) move above .500 by taking three of four from Tampa. It was Chicago's third series win this season.

Andre Rienzo (2-0) allowed five hits and three runs -- two earned -- in six innings to get the win.

Jake Odorizzi (1-3) allowed eight hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings to get the loss.

BREWERS 5, CARDINALS 3, 12 INNINGS

ST. LOUIS -- Khris Davis overcame striking out four times earlier in the game and came through with a run-scoring triple in the 12th inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Davis drove in Jonathan Lucroy, who doubled off Seth Maness (0-2) to start the inning. Mark Reynolds then drove in Davis with a sacrifice fly. Davis, who finished 1 for 6, struck out in the second, fifth, sixth and 10th innings.

Zach Duke (2-0) picked up the win with two innings of scoreless relief, and Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 12th save in as many opportunities by getting Jhonny Peralta to fly out with two on to end the game.

Milwaukee, which leads the majors with 19 wins, has won four of five and eight of 10.

Allen Craig and Matt Holliday homered for St. Louis, which has lost four of six.

ROCKIES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 5

PHOENIX -- Troy Tulowitzki homered, had two doubles and drove in three runs to lead the big-hitting Colorado Rockies to a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Baseball's best offensive team so far this season, the Rockies roughed up Wade Miley (2-3) for seven extra-base hits in the first six innings, including a pair of homers.

Tulowitzki led off the sixth with his sixth homer and Justin Morneau added a two-run shot later in the inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Nolan Arenado had one of Colorado's six doubles to stretch his hitting streak to a baseball-best 18 games and the Rockies had 12 hits overall.

Franklin Morales (3-1) allowed four runs in five innings and LaTroy Hawkins worked a perfect ninth for his eighth straight save.

Gerardo Parra homered for Arizona.

PADRES 6, GIANTS 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rene Rivera hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth to follow his two-run double for a career-high five RBIs, single-handedly backing Tyson Ross in the San Diego Padres' victory against the San Francisco Giants.

Ross (3-3) did just enough over 5 1/3 innings to beat the Giants for the second time in 11 days, allowing eight hits and four runs with four strikeouts and two walks.

Rivera hadn't driven in a run all season before Monday, and the five RBIs were most by a Padres player at 15-year-old AT&T Park. Brandon Hicks homered for the second straight day, following his walkoff a day earlier against Cleveland with a leadoff shot in the fifth.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (2-3) walked a season-high four in the loss.

First base umpire Angel Hernandez had two calls overturned by replay.

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