Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin provided an emphatic end to the Cleveland Indians' 10-game home winning streak.
The right-hander allowed a season-high six runs in 5 1-3 innings, including homers by Mike Trout and Howie Kendrick, as the Los Angeles Angels beat Cleveland 9-3 on Tuesday night.
The Indians — riding the longest home win streak in the majors this season — carried a 2-1 lead into the fifth when Tomlin (4-4) gave up a three-run homer to Trout that put Los Angeles ahead for good. Kendrick added a solo shot in the next inning as the Angels collected 11 hits before chasing Cleveland's starter.
"I was kind of yanking pitches down all night and made a couple of mistakes that really cost us," said Tomlin, who struck out four without issuing a walk. "Trout is a good baseball player, but I've got to make the right pitch in that situation. He just drove a fastball down and away."
"I hit it good," Trout said. "I let the ball get deep. I think they were trying to go away and it got a little bit more of the plate."
Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley, who is hitting .323 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs, was a late scratch after experiencing head and neck pain. He was injured Monday trying to break up a double play. Brantley passed a concussion test after leaving the game. He had additional tests Tuesday, but the team had no update. Brantley's spot in the lineup was taken by Ryan Raburn, who went 0 for 3.
It was Cleveland's first loss since May 18 at Progressive Field, where it owns the top home record in baseball at 22-12. Overall, the Indians have won 16 of their last 27 and are three games behind AL Central leader Kansas City.
"The team has been playing very well at home, and everyone has been playing all together," first baseman Carlos Santana said. "We've really played very well for about the last month. You want to win every time, but this was just one game."
Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall hit a solo homer deep into the home bullpen in center and went 2 for 4. He snapped an 0-for-13 slump with a second-inning single and is batting .368, but is 14 plate appearances short of qualifying for the AL batting lead.
Cleveland's other runs came on a groundout by David Murphy in the second and an RBI single by Santana in the ninth.
"You're seeing the maturation of Lonnie right now," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That (slump) was short-lived and he's figuring out how to succeed at the big league level."
Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker (4-1) was in command throughout his eight innings, striking out a career-high 10 while scattering five hits. He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced before giving way to Ernesto Frieri in the ninth.
"(Shoemaker) was pretty much perfect," Santana said. "He had good command and every time he threw inside pitches, they were strikes. He pitched very well."
Trout also homered off Indians reliever Mark Lowe in the seventh as part of a three-hit, four-RBI game. The Angels tacked on two more runs in the ninth off Josh Outman, including a solo shot by Kole Calhoun.
"I think for his sake, they should rest Trout tomorrow," Francona joked. "He's got a chance to be a pretty good player, so I don't think they want to tire him out."
Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera committed his team-high 13th error, fumbling a grounder in the fifth that led to an unearned run. The Indians lead the majors with 65 errors through 72 games.
Fans paraded around the field with their dogs before the game in the Indians' annual Puppypalooza promotion. The Indians announced approximately 300 dogs were in attendance.
The game was delayed by rain for 11 minutes before the bottom of the ninth.
NOTES: The Indians won 11 consecutive home games last season from July 11-Aug. 1. Their franchise record is 18 straight, set in 1994 at then-Jacobs Field. ... Tomlin is 1-3 with a 4.55 ERA in his last five starts. ... Cleveland signed OF Bradley Zimmer, its top draft pick and the No. 21 overall selection. He will report to Class A Mahoning Valley. ... Indians RHP Justin Masterson (4-4) takes on Angels LHP C.J. Wilson (7-6) in the third game of the four-game series Wednesday.