Andre Thornton's two-run double highlighted a five-run fourth inning and Neal Heaton and Vern Ruhle combined on a five-hitter last night in Cleveland as the Indians beat the California Angels, 7-3.
California remained tied for first place in the American League West with Kansas City, which lost to Minnesota, 4-1. The Angels' loss began their season-ending, 10-game trip.
Heaton (9-17) yielded two runs on four hits through six innings. He left because of a stiff forearm and Ruhle gave up only one hit, Bobby Grich's 12th homer in the ninth, for his third save. The Angels were held hitless between Bob Boone's two-out single in the second and Grich's leadoff homer.
Loser Mike Witt (13-9) set down the first nine Cleveland batters before the Indians scored five times in the fourth.
Brett Butler led off with a single, stole second and took third on Tony Bernazard's single. Julio Franco delivered an RBI single and Thornton put the Indians in front with his two-run double, giving him 62 RBI in his last 70 games. Hargrove followed with a run-scoring single that knocked out Witt and George Vukovich capped the outburst with an RBI double off Urbano Lugo.
The Indians added two runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Hargrove and Brook Jacoby.
Doug DeCinces put the Angels ahead in the first inning with a two-run homer, his 18th.