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Aug 28, 11:41 PM EDT

Angels drop 3-1 decision to Indians


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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Andrew Heaney did his job. The same couldn't be said about the Los Angeles Angels' bullpen or their hitters.

The rookie left-hander tossed six shutout innings Friday night, but the Cleveland Indians scored three times in the seventh to rally for a 3-1 victory.

Reliever Trevor Gott (2-2) surrendered all three runs while only recording two outs in the inning, which began with the Angels holding a one-run lead.

"You can't ask for much more than Andrew did tonight," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "The kid pitched a really good game. He might have had another hitter or two left in him, but we wanted to give Trevor a clean inning. Unfortunately, it didn't work out."

The Angels fell 1 1-2 games behind Texas in the race for the second AL wild-card berth. They are 11-23 since July 22, and 3-14 in their last 17 road games.

Heaney, who had his winless streak extended to six starts, allowed one runner past second base. He scattered six hits and struck out three in an 88-pitch outing, but didn't disagree with Scioscia's decision to go to the bullpen.

Gott had only allowed one run in his previous 18 appearances, covering 19 innings.

"I understand the move because we have great seventh-, eighth- and ninth-inning guys," said Heaney, who is 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA on the season. "I was in trouble, putting guys on base throughout, but I made pitches when I needed to, so I can't be mad about that."

Rookie third baseman Kaleb Cowart singled home C.J. Cron in the fifth to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. Cowart and Albert Pujols, who doubled in the fourth, were the only Angels to reach scoring position.

Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (10-10) allowed five hits and struck out seven in eight innings. Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save.

Los Angeles has been limited to three or fewer runs in 70 of its 128 games. Reigning AL MVP Mike Trout went 0 for 2 and is batting .200 (18 for 90) in August, while leadoff hitter Kole Calhoun went hitless in four at-bats.

"We just have some good hitters in slumps right now," Scioscia said. "No doubt, it can turn around, but we're not giving our pitchers much margin of error. We've done well in close games, but it eventually becomes taxing on your pitching staff."

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Legendary political columnist George Will was in the Angels' clubhouse before the game. The Pulitzer Prize winner and Scioscia are longtime friends. "George was in Cleveland, so he wanted to drop by and visit us," Scioscia said. "Even though he had to catch a flight before the game started, it was great to see him. As you all know, George is a big baseball fan."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: 3B David Freese (right index finger fracture) began a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake, going 1 for 3 at New Orleans. He is expected to be activated when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

Indians: DH Chris Johnson (left index finger infection) went 0 for 3 against Richmond in the first game of his rehab assignment for Double-A Akron. He has been on the 15-day DL since Aug. 15.

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Angels: RHP Garrett Richards allowed a season-high nine runs in five innings Sunday in a 12-5 loss to Toronto. He is 2-4 over his last eight starts and 12-10 on the year.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber leads the AL with 194 1-3 innings pitched and four complete games. His 13 losses are tied for the most in the AL.

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