On Saturday, the Los Angeles Angels finally snapped their five-game losing streak. They defeated the hometown Cleveland Indians by a final score of 2-1 and have an opportunity to win the series in the rubber match on Sunday.
The Angels got on top quickly, with a Kendrys Morales RBI single in the top of the first inning. Torii Hunter added a solo home run -- his second in as many games -- to make it an Angels 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Jack Hannahan singled home Jason Kipnis in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the Halos lead in half, but that was as close as the Indians would get.
Manager Mike Scioscia left little opportunity for his problematic bullpen to squander the lead. He left starter Dan Haren in for eight full innings of four-hit, one-run baseball, during which Haren allowed two walks and struck out seven. Scott Downs, recently handed the official closer role, came in for the ninth inning and picked up his first save of the year with three quick outs.
Freshly-recalled prospect Mike Trout made the start, batting in the leadoff spot, but went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.