ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - With Mike Trout out for the night and Albert Pujols finally out for the season, Jered Weaver was only out of sync for one inning.
That's still enough to doom the down-and-out Los Angeles Angels.
Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer during Cleveland's four-run fourth, and Zach McAllister pitched into the seventh inning of the Indians' 5-2 victory Monday night.
Weaver (7-7) allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings in his second straight loss for the Angels, who have dropped 11 of 15 overall.
Los Angeles' longtime ace got into serious trouble only in the fourth, but the Indians didn't need any more.
``Things just got away from me a little bit,' Weaver said. ``I was feeling good all night, and my location was good, but I just had one blowup inning and it ended up being the difference in the game.'
Weaver got little offensive support from the Angels' lineup, which was missing key contributors - a familiar problem for the Halos in this miserable season.
Before Mark Trumbo's ninth-inning homer, Los Angeles managed to get just three runners in scoring position - all in the fourth inning.
Trout sat out to rest his right hamstring for the Angels, who learned before the game they'll be without Pujols for the rest of the season. Los Angeles is shutting down the $240 million slugger who partially tore the plantar fascia in his left foot last month.
``You try not to chalk it up to any kind of excuses,' said Trumbo, who drove in both runs for the Angels. ``(Injuries aren't) really an excuse, but it's definitely a lot more easy to come to terms with, when you think about how many quality players have missed a significant amount of time.'
Nick Swisher homered and threw out Trumbo at the plate for the Indians, who won for just the fifth time in 14 games to regain ground in the AL Central.
The Indians (67-58) trail first-place Detroit by 6 1/2 games and sit 4 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot.
McAllister (6-7) gave up five hits while striking out five, earning his second straight victory after a six-start winless stretch.
The 6-foot-6 right-hander was sharp in the opening game of the Indians' only series at the Big A this season, combining with three relievers to hold the Angels to six hits.
``You know you've got to keep it close to have a chance against a pitcher like (Weaver),' McAllister said. ``Having that big inning was huge, and we were able to take it from there.'
Jason Kipnis led off the fourth with a walk, stealing second and scoring on Carlos Santana's single. After Jason Giambi's sacrifice fly, Chisenhall ended an 0-for-12 skid by putting his seventh homer of the season into the elevated stands in right field.
``Weave couldn't minimize damage that inning,' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ``He had a chance to get out of it, but just couldn't make his pitch. That changeup to Chisenhall was in a good spot, and that was the big blow in the inning, really. If we could have gotten out of that inning down 2-0, obviously the game sets up a little differently.'
Los Angeles responded to Cleveland's rally with a run on Trumbo's single later in the fourth, but Swisher threw out Trumbo at the plate on Chris Nelson's fly to medium right field. Scioscia argued catcher Yan Gomes didn't tag Trumbo, but replays were unclear.
Swisher, who had two hits, connected off Kevin Jepsen in the ninth for his 14th homer.
Trumbo hit his 29th homer off Indians closer Chris Perez, connecting in his third straight game for the fifth time in his career.
Trout was held out of the Angels' starting lineup after he felt tightness in his right hamstring while running out a double in Sunday's loss to Houston.
The All-Star outfielder has reached base in 40 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors and the second-longest in team history.
``Mike's dynamic ability is something that you're going to miss at any time,' Scioscia said. ``It's tough not having him in the lineup. It's tough not having Albert in the lineup, tough not having Howie (Kendrick) in the lineup. ... There's a lot of things that the foundation of our lineup is built on that are missing right now, and the other guys have to pick it up.'
Peter Bourjos started in Trout's absence, but the speedy outfielder went hitless and dropped to 0 for 12 since returning from a lengthy absence with a broken right wrist.
NOTES: Rookie RHP Danny Salazar will make his fourth career start Tuesday against Los Angeles' C.J. Wilson. ... Kendrick is working out aggressively to return from his left knee injury, but Scioscia didn't sound certain Kendrick will return from the disabled list Wednesday. ``He still has some things he has to work through,' Scioscia said.
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