CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 4: Starting pitcher Ervin Santana #54 is removed from the game by manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 4, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Angels Vs. Indians: Halos Shelled In Cleveland Finale

The Angels were 5-4 on their nine-game road trip.

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Angels Vs. Indians Final Score: Ervin Santana Shelled In 12-3 Loss To Cleveland

Ervin Santana was shelled early and the Los Angeles Angels never recovered, dropping their series finale to the Cleveland Indians 12-3 at Progressive Field. The Angels dropped the final two games of their road trip, but still finished the nine-game trek with a winning record at 5-4.

Santana allowed a three-run home run to Michael Brantley in the first inning to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. The Angels answered with a run of their own in the top of the second, but Cleveland put the game away with six runs in the second, an inning Santana did not finish.

Cleveland scored three runs off Santana to widen their lead to 6-1, then Angels manager Mike Scioscia pulled Santana with two outs and two runners on base. Relief pitcher Hisanori Takahashi was greeted by Casey Kotchman with a three-run home run, giving the Indians a 9-1 lead in the second inning.

Mark Trumbo had three hits for the Angels, while Mike Trout singled twice, walked, and stole his 23rd base of the season. The Halos banged out 11 hits off Derek Lowe, but the veteran Cleveland hurler allowed just three runs in his six innings, earning his eighth win of the season.

The Angels return home to Anaheim for a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles beginning Thursday night.

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Dan Haren Has Been Pitching With A Stiff Back For Most Of The Season

Throughout much of the beginning of the season, it appeared as though Dan Haren was just having back luck in his starts, or not getting enough run support from his offense. After the last couple of starts -- including giving up seven runs on Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians -- it has become clear that something else has been going on.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that after Tuesday's loss, Haren admitted he has been pitching with a stiff lower back for most of the season and has been hoping the issue would go away with therapy and days off between starts. Now the Angels will be examining the issue further.

"It's getting to a point where I think we have to find out exactly what's going on in there," manager Mike Scioscia added. "He'll get evaluated when we get back to California, and we'll take it day by day."

Haren has not been able to notch a quality start in 10 of his last 17 starts. Over his last four starts, his ERA is close to 9.00. Don't be surprised if Haren winds up on the disabled list when the Angels return home.

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Angels Vs. Indians Final Score: Cleveland Evens Up Series With 9-5 Win

The Los Angeles Angels played the second game of their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday. The game featured a five-run Angels inning and two length rain delays, but when it was all said and done, the Indians picked up a 9-5 victory to even up the series.

The Indians took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Jason Kipnis singled home Shin-Soo Choo. The Tribe added two more runs in the second on a Shelley Duncan sacrifice fly and an RBI double by Jack Hannahan. In the bottom of the fourth, Duncan homered off of starter Dan Haren to make it 4-0 Cleveland.

The Halos pushed back with a big fifth inning, plating five runs to take the lead. Alberto Callaspo scored on an error to get Los Angeles on the board. Mike Trout followed up with a three-run shot to left field, his 10th home run of the year. Two batters later, Albert Pujols launched his 13th homer of the season to make it 5-4 Angels. Unfortunately, that offensive outburst would be it for the Halos.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Indians reclaimed the lead for good. Jose Lopez hit an RBI double to tie things up, then two runs scored on an RBI groundout by Michael Brantley and a throwing error by Pujols. Brantley hit another RBI groundout in the bottom of the seventh to make it 8-5 and Aaron Cunningham hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to tack on another insurance run.

Haren lasted just 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and no walks.

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Angels Vs. Indians Starting Lineups: Mike Trout Back In Lineup For Halos

The Los Angeles Angels look for their third straight win on Tuesday night as they battle the Cleveland Indians in the second of three games at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Dan Haren (6-7, 4.53 ERA) looks to even his record as he takes the mound against Derek Lowe for the Indians.

Mike Trout is back in the starting lineup for the Angels on Tuesday after not starting Monday's game with a sore right pinkie finger. Trout had x-rays on the finger come back negative, and he did enter the game in the eighth inning Monday night as a pinch runner and finished the game in center field. Here are the starting lineups for Tuesday's middle game of the three-game series:

Angels (45-35)

Trout CF
Hunter RF
Pujols 1B
Morales DH
Trumbo LF
Callaspo 3B
Kendrick 2B
Aybar SS
Hester C

Indians (40-39)

Choo RF
Cabrera SS
Kipnis 2B
Lopez DH
Brantley CF
Santana C
Kotchman 1B
Duncan LF
Hannahan 3B

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Angels Vs. Indians Final Score: Jered Weaver Pitches Halos To 3-0 Victory

On Monday, the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians kicked off a three-game series with a true pitchers' duel. Jered Weaver and Ubaldo Jimenez went head-to-head and Weaver ended up pitching the Angels to a 3-0 victory. With the win, the Angels have secured a winning road trip for themselves.

Both pitchers held the game scoreless until the top of the fifth inning, when Erick Aybar hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Howie Kendrick and get the Angels on the board. Kendrick hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh to make it 2-0 Halos.

Weaver found himself in trouble in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Cleveland loaded the bases with no outs. He worked his way out of the jam admirably, getting a groundout from Johnny Damon and getting Casey Kotchman to pop out in foul territory before striking out Shelley Duncan to escape the inning unscathed.

Jimenez did not fare as well in a bases-loaded situation in the top of the eighth, walking Alberto Callaspo to force in a run and give the Angels a big insurance run.

Weaver was pulled after giving up back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the eighth. He finished having allowed just five hits in seven innings of work. Uncharacteristically, Weaver struck out just two while walking three Indians batters. Scott Downs came in in relief and induced a double-play grounder and a fly ball to preserve the shutout. Downs stayed in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning and wrap up the win for the Angels.

There was a bit of a scary moment in the top of the fourth inning, as Albert Pujols singled and stole a base. As he was stealing second, the throw from Indians catcher Carlos Santana plunked Pujols in the left shoulder. Pujols immediately grabbed his arm, prompting Mike Scioscia and the Angels trainer to come out and take a look. Pujols remained in the game and looked to be fine. Pujols finished the game 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

The Angels will attempt to secure the series win on Tuesday.

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Angels Vs. Indians Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

The Angels wrap up their road trip with a series against the Indians. They'll try to return home with a winning record on their trip.

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