ANAHEIM, Calif. — Cody Allen came on to protect a two-run lead for Danny Salazar in the ninth inning and never got the third out. The last of his 29 pitches was a breaking ball that bounced in the dirt and got away from catcher Roberto Perez, allowing the winning run to score.
Allen was saddled with his third blown save in 25 attempts this season, and the Cleveland Indians absorbed a demoralizing 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels despite another superb outing by Salazar.
“We’ve had some crazy ones this year,” Allen said. “Myself, I’ve had a few of them. We’ve seen it a few times. This is a crazy game. Anything can happen.”
Allen (1-4) took over with a 3-1 lead and gave up a one-out single to Albert Pujols and two-out walks to Erick Aybar and Conor Gillaspie. C.J. Cron lined an 0-1 pitch to center to tie it, before Allen uncorked his fourth wild pitch of the season and second of the inning with pinch-hitter David DeJesus at the plate. The Angels came in 0-44 when trailing after eight innings.
“If you don’t throw strikes and give guys extra opportunities, it’s going to hurt you,” Allen said. “I’ve kind of hurt myself. I’m getting behind in the count on guys and then just kind of getting away from pitching right there. Right there to Cron, I had a couple options. I was ahead in the count and just threw him a center-cut fastball.
“I just kind of lost it out there, and didn’t really do myself any favors,” he added. “I didn’t slow the game down enough to where I could just make an adjustment and make one pitch and we’re out of it.”
Cam Bedrosian (1-0), the son of 1987 Cy Young Award-winning closer Steve Bedrosian, pitched a perfect ninth for his first career victory.
The win came less than 24 hours after Bedrosian gave up a deciding two-run homer in the 12th inning by Giovanny Urshela.
Jose Ramirez and Ryan Raburn hit leadoff homers in the sixth and seventh innings against Angels first-time All-Star Hector Santiago.
Salazar allowed a run and three hits, struck out seven and walked two. Last Friday, he yielded an unearned run and one hit through eight innings and retired his last 18 batters in a 2-1 victory at Oakland.
Ramirez, recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Monday when Jason Kipnis went on the disabled list, gave the Indians a 2-1 lead with his homer into the left field bullpen. Raburn chased Santiago with his fifth homer on the left-hander’s 99th pitch.
The defending AL West champion Angels, held to one hit through nine innings by Carlos Carrasco and just two altogether in a 12-inning, 2-0 loss on Tuesday night, didn’t get their first hit against Salazar until Kole Calhoun led off the fourth with his 15th homer.
Indians: Rookie RHP Cody Anderson (2-3) gets the assignment Friday night for the opener of a three-game series against Minnesota at Progressive Field. He is 0-2 with an 8.40 ERA in his last three starts, getting the decision in a 5-1 loss at Oakland on Saturday.
Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (5-1) will start the opener of a three-game set against Baltimore at home Friday night. He was chosen the AL rookie of the month for July after going 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four starts, and has not allowed more than two runs in any of his seven outings.