Los Angeles was able to put a halt to their losing streak, defeating the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Saturday. A pair of early runs proved to be all it took for the Angels, and Dan Haren put in a strong effort. He gave up only four hits through eight solid innings, collected seven strikeouts and walked two.
The Angels took the lead in the top of the first inning, starting with a walk to Howie Kendrick. He advanced to third on a single by Albert Pujols, then scored on a Kendrys Morales single to shallow right. Another run came in the top of the fourth inning, on a solo home run by Torii Hunter.
The Indians started to put things together in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of a Jason Kipnis single, a walk to Angel Cabrera, and a single by Jack Hannahan that scored Kipnis. The runners advanced on a wild pitch by Haren, but he settled down and struck out Shelley Duncan to end the inning.
That left the score at 2-1 Angels, where it stood when Scott Downs took over for Haren. Downs put the side down in order, getting Travis Hafner to ground out, striking out Carlos Santana looking, and getting Jack Hannahan to ground out to second.
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