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CLE@OAK: Masterson allows three runs over 7 2/3

The Indians will look to wrap up a successful road trip on Wednesday as they go for a three-game sweep of the Angels.

After a disappointing 1-6 homestand last week, Cleveland has turned things around on the road with a 5-3 mark during a nine-game trip. The Indians battled through a 4-1 victory in 14 innings on Tuesday and are 3 1/2 games out of a Wild Card spot in the American League and 5 1/2 games back in the AL Central.

"This thing ain't over," Indians first baseman Nick Swisher said after Monday's 5-2 win. "There's no doubt about that."

The Indians have won three of their past four road series, and will go for their first sweep in nearly three weeks with Justin Masterson on the mound. Masterson is 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 26 starts this season.

Masterson struggled against the Angels 10 days ago in Cleveland, charged with five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings on Aug. 11. Still, he's never lost to Anaheim and is 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 11 career appearances (eight starts) against the Halos.

The Angels, meanwhile, have lost three straight games and eight of their past 10. They are 1-4 on their brief six-game homestand.

While the Angels have been disappointing this season, manager Mike Scioscia hasn't seen any quit from his club. That was evident Tuesday night in the extra-innings loss.

"They're playing hard," Scoiscia said. "These guys are baseball players. They're going to play hard. We just want to get a little momentum going, set up some games on our terms, hold leads and these young guys are going to get a chance to do that."

Jerome Williams will look to create that momentum for the Angels on Wednesday, as he gets the ball for his 19th start of the season. Williams has moved between the bullpen and rotation this season, and is 4-9 with a 5.55 ERA as a starter.

Williams has struggled at home, going 2-7 with a 5.43 ERA in 16 games. The right-hander also opposed Masterson 10 days ago in Cleveland, allowing four runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Indians: Brantley continues error-free streak
Left fielder Michael Brantley has gone 214 consecutive games without an error, a franchise record. Brantley broke Rocky Colavito's mark of 212 games without an error on Monday, and turned in another clean game Tuesday.

"He's just very consistent and he never takes a play off," said manager Terry Francona. "He's a talented outfielder, but he never takes a play off. He thinks ahead. He throws to the right base, and he's very accurate. He's just a real solid player."

Brantley also has 10 outfield assists, tied for the most among AL left fielders with Kansas City's Alex Gordon. Brantley needs one more assist to tie Albert Belle for the most in one season by a Cleveland left fielder sine 1996, when Belle had 11.

• Utility man Ryan Raburn continues to deal with a sore right calf and has started just three of the Indians' past 13 games. Raburn is tied for the team lead with 15 home runs.

Angels: Trout still bothered by hamstring
Mike Trout missed his second game in as many days Tuesday, the result of a tight right hamstring, and the outfielder is unsure if he will be able to play on Wednesday.

"It feels a lot better than it was," Trout said Tuesday. "But it's one of those things that, for me, I don't want to be out there thinking about it. So I'll just give it one more day and see how it goes."

Trout exited Sunday's game in the sixth inning. Scioscia won't start Trout until the 22-year-old proves he can run the bases, something he was unable to do Tuesday.

In 122 games this season, Trout is hitting .333 with 21 homers and 78 RBIs. He has reached base in 40 consecutive games, the second longest streak in Angels history.

Worth noting
• Angels outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo is one homer shy of reaching 30 for the second consecutive season.

• The Indians have stolen six bases in their past 16 games since stealing six on Aug. 3 in Miami. Comments