Unlucky eighth undoes the Halos

BRADLEY ZIMMER homered and drove in two runs as Cleveland beat the Angels 10-4 on Wednesday (Flickr/Eric Droust photo).

Seven is turning out to be an unlucky number for the Los Angeles Angels. After giving up seven runs in the first inning on Tuesday and going on to an 11-7 defeat by the Indians in Cleveland, the Halos on Wednesday yielded seven runs in the eighth and lost 10-4 to the Tribe.

The loss put the Angels’ record at 49-53, placing them in fourth place in the American League West, and five games back in the AL wild card race.

It was a close contest through seven innings, with the Indians holding on to a 3-2 lead. But then Cleveland’s offense came alive in the bottom of the eighth, hammering reliever Cam Bedrosian for four hits and five runs in one-third of an inning. Brooks Pounders got pounded for three hits and two more runs over the remainder of the inning.

Two runs in the top of the ninth for the Angels made it closer, but not close enough.

Leading the hit parade for the Indians was Bradley Zimmer with two hits – including a home run – and two RBIs. He also scored two runs and walked once. Carlos Santana had three hits, drove in a run and scored one.

For the Angels, Mike Trout had three hits to raise his average to .333. Luis Valbuena hit his 11th home run of the season and had two hits and two RBIs.

The loss went to Ricky Nolasco (4-12), who had a respectable outing, working 6.2 innings and giving up nine hits and three runs.

Headed to the mound on Thursday for the Orange County team will be J.C. Ramirez (9-8).

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