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Angels' Wilson dominant; Indians lose sixth straight

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- One of the keys to C.J. Wilson's success over the years has been ignoring big leads when he gets them. The approach worked in a big way on Wednesday night.

Wilson pitched two-hit ball over eight innings, Hank Conger hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Zach McAllister, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Cleveland 7-1 to send the Indians to their sixth consecutive loss.

"I try to hold the other team down so that there's no momentum," Wilson said. "I think a lot of guys fall into the trap of thinking in the fourth inning: 'Hey, this game is over, so I'm going to cruise from here.'

"You see it happen, and we do that to teams all the time. I mean, we'll be down 4-1 and then all of a sudden, we get a rally going and it's boom, boom, boom. That's the way our offense is capable of being. So you've got to take every pitch seriously and every at-bat seriously."

The Angels have scored seven or more runs in each of Wilson's victories, and fewer than four in both losses. Wilson (4-2) struck out eight, walked one and retired his last 18 batters after a leadoff double in the third by No. 9 hitter Elliot Johnson.

Cleveland's other hit against the left-hander was an RBI single in the second by David Murphy, who was thrown out trying to steal for the inning's final out.

"Mechanically, I got into a little more of a groove as the game went on," Wilson said. "The first couple of batters I felt good, but the ball was sailing on me a little bit. Then as I got more into the flow of the game, I was able to keep the ball in the strike zone more often and tried to expand later in the count when I had the advantage."

Wilson recorded only two of his outs during his final five innings on balls to the outfield, including a sensational diving grab by left fielder J.B. Shuck on a drive toward the corner by Mike Aviles.

"He was very effective with different fastballs -- cutting it, changing speeds with it, then throwing the breaking ball off of that," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "He was so aggressive in the zone, working ahead -- just attacking."

David Freese had a two-run single in the fifth against Marc Rzepczynski, and Mike Trout added a two-run double in the sixth off demoted starter Carlos Carrasco. Cleveland's bullpen entered having stranded 42 of 46 inherited runners, the best percentage in the majors.

McAllister (3-2) threw 101 pitches over 4 1/3 innings and was charged with five runs, four hits and four walks. Pitching on three days' rest for the first time in the big leagues after throwing 75 pitches over five innings in a 5-3 loss at San Francisco on Saturday, McAllister was bumped up in the rotation after Carrasco went 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in four starts.

"I didn't have the command I would have liked, and I went deep into some at-bats that really pushed my pitch count up," McAllister said. "I made a lot of pitches early and walked some guys. But as far as the way my body felt and my arm felt, I felt extremely good out there."

Cleveland, which heads home to play host to the Chicago White Sox, was swept in back-to-back series for the first time since last June at the New York Yankees and Detroit. The Indians totaled only 13 runs during the six-game trip, batting .183 and going 6 for 36 with runners in scoring position.

"We had a tough trip, and we have to put it behind us," Francona said. "Not a lot went right for us on this trip. Now we have to go fix it, and we'll do that."

Cleveland opened the scoring in the second with Murphy's two-out single. Conger's home run put the Angels ahead in the second, ending McAllister's streak of 37 1/3 homerless innings since Houston's Brandon Laird connected Sept. 20.

Albert Pujols made it 3-1 in the third with a sacrifice fly to center fielder Michael Bourn, who had no chance to make a play on Howie Kendrick at the plate after Aviles banged into him.

Notes

Johnson started at 2B for the Indians in place of Jason Kipnis, who left Tuesday night's game because of a strained abdominal muscle. "There's no rush to put a guy on the DL. We can handle it. We'll just kind of see how he responds," Francona said. ... All 15 big-league home runs by the switch-hitting Conger have been against right-handed pitchers, and nine of them have come with at least one man on base. ... The Angels didn't fly their 2002 World Series championship banner, their eight division title flags or the California state flag because of fierce Santa Ana winds, which were clocked at 27 mph at gametime.

 
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Left fielder J.B. Shuck makes a diving catch to rob Cleveland's Mike Aviles in the sixth inning.  (USATSI)
Left fielder J.B. Shuck makes a diving catch to rob Cleveland's Mike Aviles in the sixth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

H. Conger
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

C. Wilson
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4010011 .263
Mike Aviles, LF3000102 .240
Nick Swisher, 1B4000022 .211
Carlos Santana, 3B3000011 .151
Ryan Raburn, DH3000020 .164
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS2100000 .220
Yan Gomes, C3000011 .250
David Murphy, RF3011000 .282
Elliot Johnson, 2B3010010 .133
Zach McAllister, P0000000 .500
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals2813118  
Batting
2B - Elliot Johnson (2, Wilson)
RBI - David Murphy (18)
2-OUT RBI - David Murphy (8)
CS - David Murphy (1, 2nd base by Wilson/Conger)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Johnson-Swisher
E - Yan Gomes (7, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister (L,3-2) 4.1454451 3.82
Marc Rzepczynski 1222010 2.53
Carlos Carrasco 1.2100010 6.46
John Axford 1100000 2.53
HBP - Cowgill (by Marc Rzepczynski)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 101-66, Marc Rzepczynski 17-13, Carlos Carrasco 19-14, John Axford 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 5-3, Marc Rzepczynski 1-1, Carlos Carrasco 2-2, John Axford 2-0
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 21, Marc Rzepczynski 6, Carlos Carrasco 6, John Axford 3
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Howie Kendrick, 2B3210111 .296
Mike Trout, CF3112121 .321
Albert Pujols, 1B3111002 .279
Raul Ibanez, DH4000033 .157
David Freese, 3B3012100 .193
Erick Aybar, SS4100002 .280
Hank Conger, C3122100 .324
Collin Cowgill, RF3110011 .293
J.B. Shuck, LF4010002 .156
C.J. Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Mike Morin, P0000000 .000
Totals3078747  
Batting
2B - Mike Trout (8, Carrasco), Albert Pujols (7, McAllister)
HR - Hank Conger (2, McAllister)
SF - Albert Pujols (1)
RBI - Mike Trout 2 (18), Albert Pujols (23), David Freese 2 (8), Hank Conger 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Trout 2 (4), David Freese 2 (3)
SB - Howie Kendrick 2 (6, 2nd base off McAllister/Gomes)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Pujols
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (W,4-2) 8211180 3.18
Mike Morin 1100000 0.00
WP - C.J. Wilson (5)
HBP - A. Cabrera (by C.J. Wilson)
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 117-73, Mike Morin 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 9-6, Mike Morin 1-1
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 27, Mike Morin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33334
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Gabe Morales, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - David Rackley