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Angels 5, Indians 2

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CLEVELAND -- Jered Weaver continued to be a dominating pitcher at Progressive Field and Josh Hamilton belted a three-run home run as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Friday night.

The win by the Angels snaps their four-game losing streak while Cleveland's loss extends the Indians' losing streak to five games.

The Angels scored all their runs in the first inning, but that was enough. Weaver (7-5) pitched seven innings, holding Cleveland to two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Dane De La Rosa pitched the ninth to pick up his first save.

Prior to the game the Indians recalled pitcher Carlos Carrasco from Triple-A Columbus in case they needed a long reliever Friday night. As it turned out they did, because starter Scott Kazmir (7-5) only pitched three innings.

Carrasco came on to start the fifth inning and he pitched well, going five scoreless innings on one hit, but the Indians offense was stifled by Weaver, who came into the game as statistically one of the best pitchers in the history of Progressive Field, which opened in 1994.

In eight career starts at Progressive Field prior to Friday night Weaver was 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA. That 1.52 ERA is the lowest all-time at Progressive Field for any pitcher with a minimum of 40 innings pitched.

The only runs allowed by Weaver on Friday night came on two solo home runs. Other than that Cleveland had trouble mounting and rallies against the veteran right-hander.

Kazmir came into the game having not lost since June 10. In his last nine starts he was 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA, but the Angels jumped on him during a 40-pitch first inning -- Kazmir threw 25 pitches before recording his first out.

J.B. Shuck and Collin Cowgill led off the game with singles, and Mike Trout walked to load the bases. A single by Mark Trumbo scored Shuck and Cowgill to make the score 2-0. Chris Nelson struck out, but Hamilton belted a 2-2 pitch into the seats in right field for a three-run home run, his 17th of the season and the Angels had a 5-0 lead.

Kazmir retired the next eight batters in a row, but when Erick Aybar singled leading off the fourth inning Indians manager Terry Francona removed Kazmir from the game.

Cleveland cut into the Angels lead with two solo home runs, by Michael Brantley in the second inning and by Asdrubal Cabrera in the fourth that reduced the Angels' lead to 5-2.

Notes: Indians RHP Preston Guilmet was optioned to Triple-A Columbus prior to Friday's game. ... The baseball field at Trout's high school in Millville, N.J., will be dedicated as "Mike Trout Field" on Monday. Trout donated funds for the refurbishment of the facility. ... Shuck leads all American League rookies in hits (78) and doubles (14).
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