CLEVELAND — Yan Gomes’ eighth-inning grand slam capped a five-run rally and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Saturday night.
Gomes homered to center on the first pitch from Joe Smith (4-4) for his first career grand slam, lifting Cleveland to its fourth straight win.
Carlos Santana’s RBI double broke a 3-all tie and sent Los Angeles to its seventh loss in nine games. The Angels are 2 1-2 games behind Texas for the second AL wild card.
Bryan Shaw (3-2) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for Cleveland.
Smith entered the game to start the eighth but didn’t retire a batter, allowing five runs, four hits and an intentional walk.
The game was delayed by rain for 38 minutes in the bottom of the third.