Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Nick Swisher hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning to carry the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Angels Thursday at Progressive Field.
Swisher, who was 0-for-4 before his game-winning long ball, launched the game-winning blast against Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, who absorbed his third blown save of the season.
Kyle Crockett (1-0) got the win after getting the final out in the 10th frame as the Indians (37-36) took two of three in the rain-shortened series that was originally scheduled for four games.
Starter Justin Masterson allowed one run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts in seven innings for the Indians.
C.J. Wilson also lasted seven frames for the Angels (38-33), giving up a run on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Cam Bedrosian (0-2) took the loss after loading the bases in the 10th.
The Angels’ lone breakthrough against Masterson came in the second inning, when Howie Kendrick doubled to right field, moved to third on a groundout from Raul Ibanez and scored on a wild pitch.
Beyond that, Masterson managed to control the damage allowed. He walked Albert Pujols with two outs in the first inning, but escaped with a strikeout against Josh Hamilton.
Masterson walked Mike Trout with two outs in the third, but induced an inning-ending groundout off Pujols’ bat.
Against Wilson, Cleveland was able to counter only with a run-scoring groundout from Michael Bourn in the third, pulling the game into a 1-1 tie.
Pujols gave the Angels a 3-1 lead in the top of the 10th inning with a two-run single off Scott Atchison before Swisher’s heroics.