ANAHEIM -- Matt Shoemaker's record-setting hot streak continued on Saturday night, but it took a walk-off single by Yunel Escobar for the Angels to secure a 4-3 win over the Indians and snap their five-game losing streak.After Shoemaker turned in eight scoreless innings, the Indians rallied for three runs in
ANAHEIM -- Matt Shoemaker's record-setting hot streak continued on Saturday night, but it took a walk-off single by Yunel Escobar for the Angels to secure a 4-3 win over the Indians and snap their five-game losing streak.
After Shoemaker turned in eight scoreless innings, the Indians rallied for three runs in the ninth to tie the game against Angels closer Huston Street, who blew his first save of the season. But Escobar picked up Street a half-inning later, driving in Brendan Ryan on a broken-bat bloop single to center for his seventh career walk-off hit. Escobar battled Indians reliever Bryan Shaw, fouling off several pitches before finally coming through on a fastball.
"I had the opportunity to see all his pitches, and I felt like that was the last pitch he would throw," Escobar said in Spanish. "To face a guy who throws 93, 94 [mph] and hit him, that's a big thing for me."
Shoemaker was electric once again, adding 11 strikeouts to his Angels record of K's without a walk. The streak reached 49, tied for the third-longest mark in Major League history, before he walked Carlos Santana with nobody out in the seventh.
Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was almost as effective until late, holding the Angels to three runs (two earned) in eight innings. He only struck out three, but held the damage to just one run until Kole Calhoun's bases-loaded flare single fell to bring in two runs in a tough-luck seventh.
"I thought he pitched his heart out," manager Terry Francona said. "He really pitched well."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
You can't walk here: Shoemaker cruised through his eight scoreless innings, striking out six in a row during a stretch between the fourth and sixth innings. His streak of 49 strikeouts between walks tied him with Pedro Martinez. He fell just short of Greg Maddux (53) and Curt Schilling (56). Shoemaker faced 155 batters over 26 days between walks.
"I was throwing every pitch, no matter what the count was," Shoemaker said. "I kept the hitters off balance, not knowing if it was a fastball or offspeed pitch, whatever the count. I just took that approach." More >
Rally time: The Indians trailed, 3-0, entering the ninth. They scored on a booming RBI single off the right-field wall by Santana, then on a sacrifice fly by Lonnie Chisenhall. With two outs, Tyler Naquin delivered the game-tying RBI single to right field.
"We have won some of those games, and we will win more of those, but it's hard to do," Francona said of his team, which has 14 comeback wins this season."Those are very hard games to win."
With some flare: Calhoun entered Saturday hitting .429 with two outs and runners in scoring position this season, but this hit was unlike the rest. With the bases loaded in the seventh, he lofted a first-pitch fastball from Bauer that hugged the left-field line and landed in shallow left field, just past shortstop Jose Ramirez, bringing home two runs to extend the Angels' lead to 3-0.
Rare miscue: Chisenhall, a converted third baseman, made just his second error in 90 games as an outfielder in the fourth inning. He bobbled Mike Trout's base hit to right field, allowing Trout to reach second. Trout scored on Jefry Marte's two-out double, with the official scorer ruling he would not have scored from first. Chisenhall's first error this season was only the 32nd by the Indians in 61 games.
"There was some anger involved there." -- Indians catcher Chris Gimenez, referring to Bauer's 103rd pitch of the night, a strike to Marte, being clocked at 95 mph
AFTER FURTHER REVIEW
Indians left fielder Rajai Davis reached with two outs in the third inning after an Escobar throwing error. Two pitches later, Shoemaker attempted to pick him off. Davis was ruled safe, and the call was allowed to stand after an Angels challenge. The review lasted three minutes, 23 seconds.
Indians: Right-hander Danny Salazar (6-3, 2.24 ERA) starts for the Indians on Sunday in the series finale at Angel Stadium. He'll be pitching on seven days' rest, as he was skipped the last time through the rotation as a precaution due to right shoulder fatigue.
Angels: The Angels go into Sunday's rubber match against the Indians with some uncertainty in the rotation. Left-hander David Huff (0-1, 12.27 ERA) takes the ball for the second time, looking to bounce back from allowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Yankees.
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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim. He covered the Angels on Saturday.
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com based in Anaheim. He covered the Indians on Saturday.