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CWS@LAA: Weaver whiffs nine over six innings of work

The frustration for Trevor Bauer was evident after the Indians starter lost his third game of the season Wednesday against the Royals.

"It doesn't matter how I felt, I didn't do my job," Bauer said after allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings. "I threw the ball well sometimes, and we scored enough to win and I didn't do my job."

Bauer and Cleveland fell, 4-1, at Kansas City that day, and it marked the youngster's second rough start in June. He entered the month with a 3.63 ERA, but after allowing seven runs in his last 11 2/3 innings, it's risen to 4.24.

The Indians stole the series finale with the Red Sox on Sunday with a 3-2 extra-innings win. Nick Swisher, fresh off the disabled list, delivered the knockout blow, a solo home run in the 11th. The streaky season continued for the Indians as they have back to-back wins after four straight losses. Their four-game slide preceded a streak of nine wins in 10 games.

Bauer, who has never faced the Angels, takes the mound opposite righty Jered Weaver in Monday's series opener, the first of seven home games in a row for the Indians.

Weaver lost to the Athletics in his last outing as Oakland posted four runs in his 5 1/3 innings Wednesday. The A's went on to win, 7-1.

Weaver has struggled in June, giving up 11 earned runs in three starts after giving up only 12 earned runs in his previous eight turns. His ERA has jumped more than half a run from 2.99 to 3.51 this month.

He pitched against the Indians on April 29, earning the victory with 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball in Los Angeles' 6-4 win. It was the only start this season during which he has allowed two earned runs or fewer without recording a quality start.

This four-game series will complete a seven-game road trip for the Angels.

Indians: House warming
As things stand, Cleveland has lefty T.J. House listed as the probable starter Thursday against the Angels. The Indians also have righty Zach McAllister (15-day disabled list) lined up for House's spot in the rotation. On Saturday, McAllister turned in four scoreless innings in his latest Minor League rehab start for Triple-A Columbus.

"Regardless of where T.J. is," Indians manager Terry Francona said, "it's nice to know that he's in the organization and that, if you start him, you feel like you can win. That's very heartening. Pitching is hard to find and T.J.'s come a long way."

Angels: Everything the same in the 'pen
Despite Ernesto Frieri's blowup Saturday night, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he was not going to change the pecking order in the bullpen. Currently, Frieri is the closer with Joe Smith lining up as the setup guy.

"I don't think we're reassessing anything," Scioscia said. "I think that there will be times when Joe is going to be in the back end. There's going to be times when Ernie's back there. We're a better bullpen with that presence that Ernie can bring and that presence that [Joe] can bring."

Frieri entered Saturday's game in the ninth inning with a 5-1 lead to protect. He allowed all five Braves he faced to get a hit as he surrendered four runs to send the game into extra innings. The Angels won 11-6 in 13 innings.

"I think that a couple of times this year where things got away from him you've seen big innings," Scioscia said. "You've seen the three-four-five-run innings that obviously, there haven't been many of them if you think about it, but the ones that have been there have been really big."

Smith also pitched Saturday, giving up a solo homer to Evan Gattis and striking out two in one inning of work.

Worth noting
• Michael Brantley continued his torrid pace Sunday. Brantley collected a pair of hits, including his 11th home run. Cleveland's left fielder is 14-for-26 (.538) in his past seven games with two homers and three doubles.

• Angels reliever Fernando Salas went on the disabled list Sunday, with Dane De La Rosa being recalled from Triple-A. Comments