Halos can’t solve Kluber in 3-0 defeat

COREY KLUBER pitched a three-hit complete game shutout on Saturday as the Angels lost 3-0 to the Indians (Flickr/Eric Droust)

The Cleveland Indians got only four hits on Saturday, but they did score three runs and that was the difference in the Tribe’s 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Progressive Field.

That was the Halos’ fifth loss in six games, dropping the team’s mark to 55-57. The Angels are in fourth place in the American League West, 15.5 games out of first and nine games out of third. In the wild card, the Orange County team is 10.5 games back.

Felix Pena (1-3) held the Indians hitless through five innings, but he was outduelled by Corey Kluber (14-6), who threw a three-hit complete game, striking out seven while walking just one.

The game was a scoreless tie until the bottom of the sixth when the Indians scored twice, first on a home run by Leonys Martin. Cleveland added another run in the seventh but the Angels were unable to muster much of anything.

Mike Trout remained out of the lineup, and Shohei Ohtani, who had 10 total bases including two home runs the day before, went 0-for-4 and struck out twice.

The Angels can still salvage a series win on Sunday when they start Deck McGuire (1-2) against Cleveland’s Shane Bieber (5-2).

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