CLEVELAND (AP) — Jered Weaver became the AL’s first 16-game winner, and the Los Angeles Angels did all their damage against Danny Salazar in one inning for their fifth straight win, 12-3 over the Cleveland Indians on Monday in a makeup game.
Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer in the ninth for the Angels, who hit four homers and are a major league- best 88-55.
Weaver (16-8) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. The steady right-hander improved to 7-1 in 11 career starts at Progressive Field.
Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer and David Freese had a three-run shot in the fifth off Salazar (6-7), who shut out Detroit last week and had not given up a run in 21 consecutive innings.
Los Angeles has won 20 of 26 and leads the AL West by 7 1/2 games.
The Angels diverted to Cleveland on their only scheduled day off during a long trip to play a game that was rained out on June 18.
Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer and had an RBI single as the Indians, who swept the White Sox over the weekend, had their winning streak stopped at four.
Salazar limited the Angels to two hits through four innings before they teed offin the fifth.
C.J. Cron opened the outburst with a single, went to third on Hank Conger’s single and scored when Collin Cowgill grounded out. Calhoun followed by hitting a 2-0 pitch over the wall in right for his 14th homer, giving the Angels a 3-0 lead.
Salazar struck out Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick singled before Freese connected for his seventh homer to make it 6-0.
Weaver handled it from there on a mound that suits him well. The right-hander has lost only once in Cleveland, on June 16, and he’s 9-2 in 16 starts since then.
Chisenhall pulled the Indians to 6-2 in the fifth his 13th homer. Cleveland had Weaver reeling in the sixth with a two-out single, walk and Chisenhall’s RBI single. But Weaver got out of the jam by retiring Yan Gomes on a fly to deep center with two on.
The Angels tacked on two runs in the seventh and three in the ninth when Pujols hit his 26th homer this season and No. 518 of his career. He’s three homers behind matching Hall of Famers Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams at 521.