After embarrassingly getting swept by Detroit and losing the next two to the Angels in the beginning of August, the Indians have put together a bit of hot streak, winning seven of the last ten games and getting revenge on the Halos by taking all three games in the series.
It was an up-and-down night for Tribe right-hander Justin Masterson, who gave up five hits and five walks while striking out seven. But Masterson surrendered just one run in six two-thirds innings. The lone run came on a sixth inning double by catcher Hank Conger, plating Josh Hamilton.
The Jamaican-born hurler struggled with his command all evening, throwing just 59 of his 110 pitches for strikes and only 17 of 29 for first pitch strikes. He did, however, generate a lot of action on the ground: eight of the 12 outs were groundballs.
Masterson gave way to lefty Rich Hill with two outs and men on second and third. Hill got Hamilton to groundout to Lonnie Chisenhall, who made a nice play, to end the inning. Setup man Cody Allen, after pitching 1.1 innings on Tuesday night, came in to strikeout the side to earn his seventh hold while pumping high 90s gas. Closer Chris Perez earned his 20th save for the fourth straight season.
Offensively, the heroes of the game were Nick Swisher (1-for-4 with a two-run dinger), Michael Bourn (3-for-4 with a triple and a walk), Jason Giambi (1-for-4 with a double), Carlos Santana (1-for-4 with a double) and Mike Aviles (2-for-4).
Swisher’s 15 homer of the season ties him with Jason Kipnis, Ryan Raburn and Carlos Santana for the team lead.
The Indians have tonight off, and look to continue their winning streak in Minnesota on Friday (Deduno vs. Jimenez).