- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - Los Angeles starter Tyler Skaggs took the blame after the Cleveland Indians matched their team record with eight steals.

Skaggs allowed the first seven steals in the Angels’ 13-3 loss Friday night.

“This loss is on me today,” Skaggs said. “A mixture of a lot of things, all of them my fault. Definitely slow to the plate.”

Manager Mike Scioscia said catcher Geovany Soto had little opportunity to throw out any of the runners.

“Geo didn’t have much of a chance tonight,” Scioscia said. “Obviously, controlling the running game got away from him.”

Skaggs (1-1) said he’ll be ready for the runners in his next start against Seattle.

“I’m going to watch a lot of video this week and come back,” Skaggs said. “I can almost guarantee you Seattle is going to try to steal a lot, so I’ll be ready for it.”

Skaggs allowed seven runs on 10 hits over five innings in his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Los Angeles has lost eight in a row, its longest losing streak since 1999.

Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez each stole three bases, and Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor added steals for Cleveland to match the record that was first accomplished on Aug. 27, 1917, against the Washington Senators.

The eight steals allowed also are the most in club history for the Angels.

“You have to trust your instincts and go,” said Davis, the American League leader with 31 steals. “There’s something you look for and go off that.”

“Our baserunning set the tone,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We had hits to get on. We stole bases. We just didn’t run with abandon. We were intelligent.”

Brandon Guyer, who had five RBIs, homered in the second and had two-run singles in the fifth and eighth. Ramirez was 3 for 5 with a home run - extending his hitting streak to 16 games - and Kipnis was 4 for 5 for the AL Central leaders.

Carlos Carrasco (8-6) allowed three runs in seven innings and won for the first time since July 20.

THE PLAN

Right-hander Tim Lincecum, who was designated for assignment Aug. 5, will pitch for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts for the Angels. He accepted the minor league option this week.

“I think that it’s easy to define Tim’s problems right now and his inconsistencies,” Scioscia said. “Finding a solution has proven to be a little more difficult, which is usually the case. He’s going to have a chance to go down there and get a feel for what he needs to do and where he needs to be to regain the command he needs to be successful.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: 1B C.J. Cron (broken left hand) began a minor league rehab assignment on Friday and is expected to play five or six games before returning to the Angels.

Indians: Santana will undergo further evaluation to determine if he has a concussion.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out 11 against the Indians on June 11 at Angel Stadium. He’s pitched 18 consecutive scoreless innings versus the Indians.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (0-1) will make his fifth major league start in the third game of the series.


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