Masterson looks to continue his success overall and against the Angels on Friday night when the Indians open their second series in Anaheim this season.
Masterson (5-0, 2.25 ERA) tried to become the first Indians pitcher since Cliff Lee(notes) in 2008 to win his first six starts, but did not receive a decision in a 5-4 win over Detroit on Sunday despite allowing two earned runs in seven innings.
“You’re always thinking, ‘Keep it close,’” Masterson told the Indians’ official website. “That’s kind of the goal as a starter.”
Masterson has allowed four earned runs and 16 hits in 25 1-3 innings to go 2-0 in four starts against the Angels. He yielded only a homer to Torii Hunter(notes) in seven innings of a 6-1 victory at Los Angeles on Sept. 7.
Masterson will try to help the AL Central-leading Indians (21-9) stay hot after taking two of three in Oakland. A day after its seven-game winning streak was snapped, Cleveland bounced back with a 4-3, 12-inning win Thursday.
Cleveland has matched the best start in franchise history, going 21-9 for the seventh time.
“It was a big win for our team, and we go to Anaheim trying to keep it going,” said Marson, who had three hits.
However, Hafner and Cabrera combined to go 3 for 12 when the Indians lost two of three in Anaheim from April 11-13.
The Indians again could face a stiff challenge against the Angels (18-14), who salvaged a split of a four-game set in Boston by winning the final two to conclude a 4-3 trip. After going deep into the night to beat the Red Sox 5-3 in 13 innings Wednesday, Los Angeles broke out for an 11-0 victory in Thursday’s finale.
Abreu is 5 for 12 with a double against Masterson.