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CLEVELAND -- The Indians are at it again, finding ways to win late.
Albert Pujols went 1 for 4 as Los Angeles lost its fifth straight. He is homerless in 20 games since signing a $240 million, 10-year contract to join the Angels -- his longest drought to start a season.
Looking to shake things up, the Angels released veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu after the game Friday night. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said touted rookie Mike Trout is being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Cleveland, which had 36 comeback triumphs, including 12 walkoff wins a year ago, rallied against the Angels' battered bullpen.
"Last year, we had a lot of fun with some walkoffs," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "It's nice to be able to go out and do that again."
Aaron Cunningham opened the ninth against David Carpenter (0-1) by doubling over leaping left fielder Vernon Wells at the wall. Michael Brantley lined out to center before Jason Kipnis singled. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar got a glove on the line drive, slowing the ball down and preventing Cunningham from scoring.
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Cabrera hit a 2-0 pitch to right, making the Indians 6-0 in one-run games and the Angels 0-6. Los Angeles relievers are 1 for 7 in save opportunities. It was the sixth time the Angels lost after leading in the seventh inning.
Vinnie Pestano (1-0) struck out the only two batters he faced for the win. The native of southern California was inundated with tweets and text messages from family and friends afterwards.
"Everybody back home was watching it on TV," Pestano said. "It was a high leverage situation and I'm glad I got it done."
"He came in and blew it by some people, just what you want to see," Masterson said.
Masterson allowed only four hits over 8 1-3 innings, but remained winless since Sept. 18.
"He was outstanding," Acta said, noting that Masterson came up big against Pujols with a runner on second in the eighth. He retired Pujols on a foul popup to end the inning after pitching coach Scott Radinsky visited the mound.
"You go after Pujols in that situation," Acta said. "He's [Masterson] our number one and you go after him."
Right fielder Torii Hunter drove in two runs and threw out a runner trying to score for the Angels.
Pujols lined a two-out single in the first and scored on a single to right by Hunter, who was out trying for second.
Despite the hit, it extended Pujols' homerless drought to a career-worst 109 at-bats. He has not connected since Sept. 22 last year with St. Louis.
Pujols, who on Thursday snapped his career-worst hitless streak at 21 at-bats with a ground single against Tampa Bay, has not homered in 20 games and 80 at-bats in an Angels uniform. He had a 105-at-bat drought April 23 to May 23 last year -- then rebounded to help the Cardinals win the World Series.
The big first baseman made a good play in the field to keep the game tied in the eighth. With runners on first and third, he ranged far to his right to field a bouncer off the bat of Casey Kotchman and threw to second for the inning-ending force play.
The Indians have their own power outage. Cleveland hasn't hit a homer in nine games, their longest drought in 21 years. They also went without a homer for nine games in June 1991.
Cleveland got three hits and a walk in the second inning off Angels starter Jered Weaver and failed to score. Brantley singled and was thrown out trying to steal second as Kipnis struck out. Cabrera then singled and Travis Hafner walked. Carlos Santana singled to right, but Cabrera was easily thrown out at the plate by Hunter to end the inning.
In the first, the Indians got two hits and two walks off Weaver and didn't score. Kipnis grounded into a double play and Jack Hannahan struck out with the bases loaded.
"The big thing is to get a knock when it means something," Kotchman said. "The important thing is we won."
Weaver went six scoreless innings, allowing seven hits, walking four and striking out eight.
|Asdrubal Cabrera drives home the winning run for the Indians, sending the Angels to their fifth consecutive defeat. (US Presswire)|
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|Los Angeles Angels|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.286|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.186|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.225|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.268|
|Howard Kendrick, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.301|
|Mark Trumbo, LF||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.341|
|Peter Bourjos, PR-CF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.178|
|Vernon Wells, CF-LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.230|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.216|
|Chris Iannetta, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.229|
|HR - Torii Hunter (1, Masterson)|
|RBI - Torii Hunter 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter 2 (6)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1|
|DP - Izturis-Aybar-Pujols, Iannetta-Aybar, Iannetta-Aybar, Izturis-Aybar-Pujols|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Hisanori Takahashi (H,2)||0.1||2||2||2||0||0||0||9.95|
|Kevin Jepsen (BS,2)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||10.50|
|David Carpenter (L,0-1)||0.1||3||1||1||0||0||0||4.05|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 115-68, Hisanori Takahashi 11-9, Kevin Jepsen 6-3, LaTroy Hawkins 16-8, David Carpenter 14-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 2-4, Hisanori Takahashi 1-0, Kevin Jepsen 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 25, Hisanori Takahashi 3, Kevin Jepsen 2, LaTroy Hawkins 5, David Carpenter 4|
|Michael Brantley, CF||5||1||3||1||0||0||2||.232|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||5||0||2||1||0||2||2||.257|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||5||0||3||1||0||0||1||.321|
|Travis Hafner, DH||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.321|
|Carlos Santana, C||2||0||1||0||2||0||2||.246|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||5||.304|
|Shelley Duncan, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.236|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.148|
|Aaron Cunningham, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.258|
|2B - Michael Brantley (5, Takahashi), Asdrubal Cabrera (5, Jer. Weaver), Aaron Cunningham (2, Carpenter)|
|RBI - Michael Brantley (5), Jason Kipnis (12), Asdrubal Cabrera (4)|
|CS - Michael Brantley (2, 2nd base by Jer. Weaver/Iannetta), Aaron Cunningham (1, 2nd base by Jer. Weaver/Iannetta)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Outfield Assists - Aaron Cunningham 1|
|Vinnie Pestano (W,1-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.89|
|WP - Justin Masterson (3), Vinnie Pestano (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 112-62, Vinnie Pestano 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 16-3|
|Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 33, Vinnie Pestano 2|
|Attendance - 12597|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 48|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|