The Japanese star also connected with his first-career home run on the road, while adding another run scored and a stolen base on the night. This big performance helped him snap out of a recent 5-for-37 slump, as both of his home runs came off of Indians' starter Mike Clevinger. His second blast traveled 443 feet in to the stands, helping the Angels win at Progressive Field for the first time since June 17th, 2014. That snapped a 10-game losing streak there, while also snapping a four-game losing streak overall.
The left-handed hitter now has 11 home runs this season, four of which have come against the Indians, as he has gone 9-for-14 in four games against "The Tribe" this year. He had to step up even more on this night, as star outfielder Mike Trout missed his second straight game with a bruised right wrist. The team hopes to have him back on Saturday.
Justin Anderson earned his third win for the Angels after pitching a scoreless seventh inning. He was a part of the Angels' bullpen keeping the Indians off the scoreboard over the final four innings.
The Indians did get Andrew Miller back for the first time since May 26th, as he struck out one and walked one in a scoreless seventh inning. Although, the rest of the bullpen would give up four runs in the eighth, putting the game out of reach for good.
Leonys Martin made his Indians debut on this night and went deep while driving in two in his first game since getting acquired from the Detroit Tigers at Tuesday's Trade Deadline. Jose Ramirez and Michael Brantley also drove in runs for the Indians, who still hold a nine-game lead on the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. This series will continue with a FOX Sports 1 game on Saturday night.