Halos lose, fall into fourth place

JUSTIN UPTON drove in both runs in the Angels’ 7-2 loss to Cleveland on Saturday (Angels photo).

With Saturday’s 7-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on the road, the Los Angeles Angels slid back to .500 and fell into fourth place in the American League West with their fourth loss in five games.

The Indians (65-45) scored five runs in the fifth inning to blow the game open. The Halos suffered another hit to their pitching staff as starter Felix Pena left the game in the second inning with a sprained right knee.

Despite outhitting the Indians 9-7, the Orange County team couldn’t overcome a three home run barrage. The Angels scored once in the sixth and another in the eighth after falling behind by five runs.

Shohei Ohtani had two hits – a double and a single – and Albert Pujols had two singles. Justin Upton drove in both runs with a single and a diacritic fly.

The Angels will try to avoid a sweep Sunday when they host the Tribe for a 10:10 a.m. start. Jamie Barria (4-4) is slotted to make the start.

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