ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Between Carlos Carrasco’s stellar pitching and one timely swing by rookie Giovanny Urshela, the Cleveland Indians pulled out a victory that left Matt Shoemaker and the Los Angeles Angels extremely frustrated.
Urshela hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning after teammate Carrasco pitched one-hit ball through the first nine, and the Indians beat the Angels 2-0 on Tuesday night.
“Oh, man, he put up a bunch of zeros,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Actually, everybody that pitched did. And they had to, or we didn’t have a chance to win that game because we couldn’t find a way to get a run across until Gio hit that home run.”
Lonnie Chisenhall led off the 12th with a single against Jose Alvarez (2-3), who was working his third inning of relief. Cam Bedrosian replaced him and got two outs before Urshela – the Indians’ No. 9 hitter, drove a 1-0 pitch into the lower seats in the left field corner for his fourth h1omer after starting the road trip 1 for 20.
“He’s still been swinging the bat pretty well, and it doesn’t look like he’s been pressing at the plate,” Indians first baseman Jerry Sands said. “Tonight he got a pitch and he didn’t miss it. It was a big boost for us. I wish we could have gotten Carlos a win out of that, but he pitched his tail off and set it up for our bullpen guys.”
Zach McAllister pitched one inning for the victory and Cody Allen got three outs for his 22nd save in 24 chances.
Carrasco struck out seven, including Kole Calhoun on a curve ball in the dirt with the potential winning run at second base to end the ninth.
“I was just trying to get that out right there because I didn’t want to face Trout in that situation, and I got it done,” Carrasco said. “That was a lot of fun. But the most important thing for me was to get deep into the game and try to give us an opportunity to win.”
Last Thursday at Oakland, the 28-year-old right-hander from Venezuela pitched a two-hitter and retired his final 16 batters in a 3-1 victory.
“We didn’t get many pitches to hit,” Calhoun said. “He located 97 miles an hour all night right where he wanted to. He had great off-speed stuff, so he’s tough.”
The Angels didn’t get their first baserunner until reigning AL MVP Mike Trout drew a two-out walk in the fourth. That ended a string of 27 consecutive batters retired by Carrasco – the equivalent of a perfect game – since his one-out walk to Brett Lawrie in the fourth inning at Oakland.
“Tonight he established a really good fastball early, and the breaking ball he threw off of that had some really good depth to it,” Francona said. “He was economical with his pitches so he could stay out there. He pitched his tail off, and it was impressive. It was fun to watch.”
Carrasco held the Athletics hitless over the final 8 2-3 innings that night after giving up Josh Reddick’s one-out RBI double in the first. The Angels’ only hit against Carrasco was a clean single to center by former teammate David Murphy on a fastball down and away leading off the fifth. That ended Carrasco’s streak of 12 2-3 consecutive hitless frames.
“The most important thing is that I just tried to throw my game. If they get base hits, they get them,” Carrasco said. “I fixed my mechanics a little bit to stay back, and that’s what’s been working for the last two starts.”
Shoemaker posted his third straight scoreless outing, scattering five hits over six innings and tying a career high with 10 strikeouts – one night after teammate Garrett Richards equaled his career best with 11 Ks in a series-opening 5-4 win.
Shoemaker has pitched 19 consecutive innings without giving up a run, and has allowed no more than two in any of his last six starts for a 1.49 ERA during that stretch.
Angels: RHP Jered Weaver, who hasn’t pitched for the club since June 20 because of inflammation in his left hip, made his second start for Class A Inland Empire on Tuesday night. He threw 84 pitches in 5 2-3 innings, giving up three runs and two homers while striking out five against Lake Elsinore.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (9-6) is looking to win consecutive starts for the first time since beating Minnesota, Detroit and Kansas City in his first three outings of the season. Last Friday, he yielded an unearned run over eight innings and just one hit – a third-inning single by Eric Sogard – in a 2-1 victory at Oakland.
Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (7-5) has pitched only five innings in each of his last three starts, including an 11-1 win over Boston on July 20, when he threw 114 pitches and struck out 10. In that game, he gave up a leadoff single in the sixth before coming out.
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