MLB: Los Angeles Angels 5, Cleveland 2

Aug. 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM   |   Comments

CLEVELAND, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A three-run homer by Josh Hamilton highlighted a five-run Los Angeles first inning Friday and the Angels held on from there to defeat Cleveland 5-2.

Hamilton, who has had a disappointing season since signing a free-agent contract with the Angels, hit just his 17th homer of the campaign to key the big inning. He had 43 home runs with Texas last year.

His long ball came after Mark Trumbo had singled in two runs earlier in the first, during which Los Angeles delivered five of its seven hits. The Angels went on to end a four-game losing streak.

Jered Weaver (7-5) worked seven innings to get the victory, surrendering two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Dane De La Rosa walked one in the ninth while picking up his first save.

De La Rosa was given an opportunity to close out the game after closer Ernesto Frieri blew two save chances in a row.

Cleveland endured its fifth straight loss, having just been swept in a four-game series by Detroit.

Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera hit solo homers for the Cleveland runs. The loss went to Scott Kazmir (7-5), who gave up the five first-inning runs and six hits over three innings.

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