Kenny Rosenberg gave up one run over five innings to earn his first career win as the Los Angeles Angels held on for a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday.
Mike Moustakas and Randal Grichuk each drove in a run for the Angels, who took advantage of two balk calls on Guardians starter Tanner Bibee in the third. Cleveland lost three of four in the series and is 7 1/2 games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani missed his seventh straight game with an oblique strain. Los Angeles manager Phil Nevin was optimistic Ohtani will return Monday at Seattle.
Kole Calhoun homered for the Guardians against his former team, and Bibee (10-4) allowed two hits over seven innings. The rookie from nearby Mission Viejo retired his last 14 batters and did not issue a walk. He struck out eight in his first appearance at Angel Stadium.
Rosenberg (1-1) permitted six hits and one walk. Andrew Wantz, Ben Joyce, Jimmy Herget and Carlos Estévez each worked a scoreless inning in relief, with Estévez earning his 30th save.
Los Angeles took a 1-0 lead in the first when Grichuk doubled, went to third on a groundout by Brandon Drury and scored on Moustakas’ sacrifice fly.
Calhoun got the run back in the second with his fourth home run in 29 games with the Guardians since he was acquired for cash from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Calhoun has hit 73 of his 177 career home runs at Angel Stadium.
The Angels took a 2-1 lead in the third when Kyren Paris singled, went to second and then third on Bibee’s two balks and scored on Grichuk’s groundout.
Bibee had multiple animated discussions with second base umpire Pat Hoberg, who made the balk calls. The right-hander also spoke with first base ump Brian O’Nora after the inning.
Bibee declined to go into much detail about those conversations, saying only he was told he stopped twice while in his pitching motion.
Bibee locked in from there, retiring 14 consecutive batters through the seventh.