Ramirez homers, Bieber wins again as Indians top Angels 4-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez finished third in the AL Most Valuable Player race last season.

Cleveland's All-Star third baseman is making another run to finish high in the voting again.

Ramirez moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 33rd home run - a three-run shot in the first inning - and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Sunday.

Ramirez is batting .300 and is third in the AL with 82 RBIs. He's also near the top of the league in slugging percentage, on-base percentage and total bases.

''He's a special hitter,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''Some guys kind of warm into the game. He's dangerous right from the very first pitch.''

Ramirez homer traveled an estimated 423 feet and barely missed landing in the upper deck in right field. He also walked twice and has three homers and eight RBIs in his last six games.

Ramirez's home run came against Deck McGuire, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to start in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs.

McGuire (0-2) retired only one batter, allowed three runs and was pulled with the bases loaded in the first. While McGuire had never any of Cleveland's hitters, he knew what he was getting into with Ramirez at the plate.

''I threw a fastball down the middle, and a really good hitter put a really good swing on it,'' he said.

Rookie Shane Bieber (6-2) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Brad Hand - the Indians fourth reliever - allowed a run in the ninth but got his third save with Cleveland and 27th of the season.

Before the game Angels manager Mike Scioscia dismissed a report that he's stepping down after this season. Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000, said before Sunday's game that he won't talk about his future with the club until the season ends.

The Angels were missing outfielder Mike Trout for the fourth straight game with a lingering right wrist injury. He hasn't played since injuring his wrist while sliding on a steal attempt Wednesday in Tampa.

Trout is still having issues swinging the bat and is considered day to day. Albert Pujols was also out of the lineup for a planned day off.

The Angels scored twice in the fifth on Kole Calhoun's RBI double and Shohei Ohtani's run-scoring single.

Calhoun started the ninth with a single. Pinch-hitter Justin Upton hit into a force play and Ohtani grounded out, but Andrelton Simmons' infield hit made it a one-run game. Hand struck out David Fletcher to end the game.

Skaggs was scheduled to start Sunday, but went on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain. McGuire joined the team Saturday and was activated before the game. He allowed a home run, two singles, hit two batters, walked one and threw a wild pitch.

McGuire loaded the bases on two hit batters and a single, but Taylor Cole retired the next two hitters and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

Jason Kipnis had an RBI double in the sixth.

Right fielder Melky Cabrera helped Bieber with three outstanding defensive plays. He made a head-first diving catch of balls hit by Jefry Marte and Calhoun in the third. Cabrera hung on to Ohtani's drive to right field after crashing into the wall in the fourth.

''He was all over the place,'' Francona said. ''That was kind of cool to hear the way the fans responded to it too. He did a good job.''

MAKESHIFT LINEUP

Trout and Pujols were out of the lineup and Upton wasn't used until the ninth. Eric Young Jr. started in center again while Simmons batted cleanup and Francisco Arcia played first base.

''We had a lot of guys out but the guys that were in there played hard and we hit the ball harder than they did, we just couldn't get that extra hit with guys in scoring position,'' Scioscia said.

MILLER'S OUTING

Andrew Miller made his second appearance since spending two months on the DL with right knee inflammation, entering in the seventh with a runner on first. He retired Calhoun on a lineout to center, but allowed Young's single and hit Ohtani with a pitch.

Miller was relieved by Cody Allen, who threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

''It wasn't exactly like we drew it up, but with the way their lineup shook out it fit kind of perfectly to go in that order,'' Allen said.

ROSTER NEWS

Infielder Luis Valbuena was designated for assignment to make room for McGuire. Valbeuna batted .199 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 96 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: C Yan Gomes (right hamstring tendinitis) missed his second straight game.

UP NEXT

Angels: Los Angeles returns home to open a three-game series Monday against Detroit. RHP Nick Tropeano (4-6, 4.94 ERA) will start for the Angels.

Indians: Cleveland begins a three-game series Monday against Minnesota at Progressive Field. RHP Trevor Bauer (10-6, 2.34) will start for the Indians.

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LAA55-58
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CLE61-49
30000100X471
  • W: S. Bieber (6-2)L: D. McGuire (0-2)S: B. Hand (27)
  • HR: CLE - J. Ramirez (33)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Calhoun RF51210002.210.271.387.6586.0
E. Young CF40100032.235.278.353.631-0.5
a- J. Upton PH11000001.256.347.443.7901.0
S. Ohtani DH40210001.271.343.526.8695.0
A. Simmons SS50210005.304.356.421.7783.0
D. Fletcher 2B50100014.270.315.365.6800.5
F. Arcia 1B40000032.286.318.667.985-1.5
K. Cowart LF30100112.091.200.136.3363.5
J. Marte 3B40000012.203.246.350.596-0.5
J. Briceno C31200001.279.333.393.7274.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Young in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS41200000.293.374.561.9344.0
M. Brantley LF31000111.293.343.462.8051.5
J. Ramirez 3B21131200.300.409.6311.04010.0
E. Encarnacion DH30000003.232.321.465.7861.0
Y. Alonso 1B40100010.252.320.448.7680.5
M. Cabrera RF30100022.250.287.346.6330.0
B. Guyer PR-RF11100000.206.301.389.6902.0
J. Kipnis 2B30110001.219.303.355.6584.0
R. Perez C20000113.157.245.228.4730.5
L. Martin CF30000004.255.325.427.7510.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Ohtani (14)
    • 3B - K. Calhoun (2)
    • RBI - K. Calhoun (42), S. Ohtani (29), A. Simmons (50)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Ohtani (15), A. Simmons (17)
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (36), J. Kipnis (19)
    • HR - J. Ramirez (33)
    • RBI - J. Ramirez 3 (82), J. Kipnis (44)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Cowart
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - E. Young
    • DP - 3 (Young-Arcia; Marte-Fletcher-Arcia; Fletcher-Simmons-Arcia)
    • E - A. Simmons (8)
    FIELDING
    • E - L. Martin (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. McGuire (L, 0-2)0.13331117.111.74-11.5
    T. Cole3.21001301.720.838.5
    J. Alvarez1.10001102.891.332.5
    C. Bedrosian0.22111003.471.44-4.0
    B. Parker1.00000003.311.183.0
    J. Johnson1.01000003.271.252.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Bieber (W, 6-2)5.27221704.581.4215.5
    A. Cimber (H, 8)0.10000003.481.180.0
    A. Miller (H, 6)0.11000004.021.60-1.0
    C. Allen (H, 1)1.21000104.271.212.5
    B. Hand (S, 27)1.02110102.921.057.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Bieber (W, 6-2)5.2
    A. Cimber (H, 8)0.1
    A. Miller (H, 6)0.1
    C. Allen (H, 1)1.2
    B. Hand (S, 27)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. McGuire (2)
    • HBP - D. McGuire 2 (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. McGuire 25-13, T. Cole 48-31, J. Alvarez 13-9, C. Bedrosian 13-5, B. Parker 13-8, J. Johnson 14-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cole 3-4, J. Alvarez 2-0, C. Bedrosian 1-0, J. Johnson 1-2
    • Batters Faced - D. McGuire 7, T. Cole 12, J. Alvarez 4, C. Bedrosian 4, B. Parker 3, J. Johnson 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Hand (2)
    • HBP - A. Cimber (3), A. Miller (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 94-62, A. Cimber 9-7, A. Miller 6-4, C. Allen 15-9, B. Hand 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 5-5, A. Cimber 1-0, C. Allen 1-3, B. Hand 2-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 25, A. Cimber 2, A. Miller 3, C. Allen 6, B. Hand 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    LAA55-58
    0000200013111
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    30000100X471
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Calhoun RF51210002.210.271.387.6586.0
    E. Young CF40100032.235.278.353.631-0.5
    a- J. Upton PH11000001.256.347.443.7901.0
    S. Ohtani DH40210001.271.343.526.8695.0
    A. Simmons SS50210005.304.356.421.7783.0
    D. Fletcher 2B50100014.270.315.365.6800.5
    F. Arcia 1B40000032.286.318.667.985-1.5
    K. Cowart LF30100112.091.200.136.3363.5
    J. Marte 3B40000012.203.246.350.596-0.5
    J. Briceno C31200001.279.333.393.7274.0
    Total38311301922-----
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Young in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41200000.293.374.561.9344.0
    M. Brantley LF31000111.293.343.462.8051.5
    J. Ramirez 3B21131200.300.409.6311.04010.0
    E. Encarnacion DH30000003.232.321.465.7861.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40100010.252.320.448.7680.5
    M. Cabrera RF30100022.250.287.346.6330.0
    B. Guyer PR-RF11100000.206.301.389.6902.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30110001.219.303.355.6584.0
    R. Perez C20000113.157.245.228.4730.5
    L. Martin CF30000004.255.325.427.7510.0
    Total2847414514-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Ohtani (14)
      • 3B - K. Calhoun (2)
      • RBI - K. Calhoun (42), S. Ohtani (29), A. Simmons (50)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Ohtani (15), A. Simmons (17)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (36), J. Kipnis (19)
      • HR - J. Ramirez (33)
      • RBI - J. Ramirez 3 (82), J. Kipnis (44)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Cowart
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - E. Young
      • DP - 3 (Young-Arcia; Marte-Fletcher-Arcia; Fletcher-Simmons-Arcia)
      • E - A. Simmons (8)
      FIELDING
      • E - L. Martin (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. McGuire (L, 0-2)0.13331117.111.74-11.5
      T. Cole3.21001301.720.838.5
      J. Alvarez1.10001102.891.332.5
      C. Bedrosian0.22111003.471.44-4.0
      B. Parker1.00000003.311.183.0
      J. Johnson1.01000003.271.252.0
      Total8.0744451---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. McGuire (L, 0-2)0.1
      T. Cole3.2
      J. Alvarez1.1
      C. Bedrosian0.2
      B. Parker1.0
      J. Johnson1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (W, 6-2)5.27221704.581.4215.5
      A. Cimber (H, 8)0.10000003.481.180.0
      A. Miller (H, 6)0.11000004.021.60-1.0
      C. Allen (H, 1)1.21000104.271.212.5
      B. Hand (S, 27)1.02110102.921.057.5
      Total9.01133190---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (W, 6-2)5.2
      A. Cimber (H, 8)0.1
      A. Miller (H, 6)0.1
      C. Allen (H, 1)1.2
      B. Hand (S, 27)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. McGuire (2)
      • HBP - D. McGuire 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. McGuire 25-13, T. Cole 48-31, J. Alvarez 13-9, C. Bedrosian 13-5, B. Parker 13-8, J. Johnson 14-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cole 3-4, J. Alvarez 2-0, C. Bedrosian 1-0, J. Johnson 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. McGuire 7, T. Cole 12, J. Alvarez 4, C. Bedrosian 4, B. Parker 3, J. Johnson 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Hand (2)
      • HBP - A. Cimber (3), A. Miller (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 94-62, A. Cimber 9-7, A. Miller 6-4, C. Allen 15-9, B. Hand 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 5-5, A. Cimber 1-0, C. Allen 1-3, B. Hand 2-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 25, A. Cimber 2, A. Miller 3, C. Allen 6, B. Hand 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Simmons reached on an infield single to third, Upton scored34
      • 6TH INNING
        Kipnis doubled to left, Guyer scored, Kipnis to third on shortstop Simmons throwing error24
      • 5TH INNING
        Ohtani singled to shallow left, Calhoun scored23
        Calhoun tripled to deep center, Briceno scored13
      • 1ST INNING
        Ramirez homered to right, Lindor and Brantley scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brad Hand relieved Cody Allen
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun singled to center
        • Justin Upton hit for Eric Young
        • J. Upton: Ball, Upton reached on fielder's choice to third, Calhoun out at second
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Upton to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to first, Upton to third
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike swinging, Simmons reached on an infield single to third, Upton scored
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Allen Pitching:
        • F. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Arcia lined out to third
        • K. Cowart: Cowart singled to right
        • J. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cowart stole second, Ball, Foul tip, Marte struck out on foul tip
        • J. Briceno: Briceno fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jim Johnson relieved Blake Parker
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to second
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso lined out to center
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Strike looking, Guyer singled to center
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Cimber Pitching:
        • J. Briceno: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Briceno hit by pitch
        • Andrew Miller relieved Adam Cimber
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun lined out to center
        • E. Young: Young singled to right, Briceno to second
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ohtani hit by pitch, Briceno to third, Young to second
        • Cody Allen relieved Andrew Miller
        • A. Simmons: Simmons popped out to first
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Fletcher grounded into fielder's choice to third, Young out at third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Blake Parker relieved Cam Bedrosian
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor popped out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Brantley lined out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Foul, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to second
        • F. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Arcia struck out looking
        • K. Cowart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cowart walked
        • Adam Cimber relieved Shane Bieber
        • J. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Marte grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Cowart out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Alvarez Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Jose Alvarez
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera singled to shallow left
        • Brandon Guyer ran for Melky Cabrera
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis doubled to left, Guyer scored, Kipnis to third on shortstop Simmons throwing error
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
        • L. Martin: Martin grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Perez out at second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Marte grounded out to third
        • J. Briceno: Ball, Foul, Ball, Briceno singled to shallow left
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Calhoun tripled to deep center, Briceno scored
        • E. Young: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Young struck out looking
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Ohtani singled to shallow left, Calhoun scored
        • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Taylor Cole
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Encarnacion grounded into double play third to second to first, Ramirez out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ohtani flied out to deep right
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Simmons reached on an infield single to third
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Fletcher singled to shallow right center, Simmons to third, Fletcher to second on center fielder Martin fielding error
        • F. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
        • K. Cowart: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cowart struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cole Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
        • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Martin flied out to center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lindor popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Marte: Marte flied out to shallow right
        • J. Briceno: Ball, Strike looking, Briceno singled to deep left
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun lined out to right
        • E. Young: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cole Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Alonso struck out on foul tip
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Cabrera struck out on foul tip
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to second
        • F. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Arcia struck out on foul tip
        • K. Cowart: Cowart lined out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cole Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor doubled to right
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to shortstop, Lindor to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Encarnacion lined out to center, Ramirez out at first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun flied out to left
        • E. Young: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Young struck out looking
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ohtani doubled to deep center
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. McGuire Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor singled to center
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brantley walked, Lindor to second
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor to third on wild pitch, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ramirez homered to right, Lindor and Brantley scored
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion hit by pitch
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Alonso singled to right, Encarnacion to third
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kipnis hit by pitch, Alonso to second
        • Taylor Cole relieved Deck McGuire
        • R. Perez: Perez reached on fielder's choice to third, Encarnacion out at home, Alonso to third, Kipnis to second
        • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)