GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Collin Cowgill’s two-run homer off Trevor Bauer highlighted a three-run fifth inning that carried the Los Angeles Angels over the Cleveland Indians 8-3 on Monday.
Cowgill played in 50 games last season for the Angels after coming from the New York Mets in a midseason trade.
Grant Green, competing for a job as the Angels’ utility infielder, played third base and had two hits.
“Grant is looking real strong on the left side of the infield,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He generates some bat speed. He leverages the ball well. Grant hit the ball hard today. I don’t know if he’ll ever hit 20 home runs, but he can drive the ball at times.”
The outing was a setback for Bauer, who is trying for the Indians’ fifth spot in the rotation. He had allowed just two runs in five innings coming into the game.
“Trevor didn’t command. He’s throwing the ball real well,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s not locating the ball and working from behind. It’s not always going to be easy. Nobody is going to remotely give up.
“We still think there is a good major league pitcher in there. We are going to have to keep fighting, and we’ll fight with him. We'll figure it out.”
Danny Salazar, who impressed the Indians late in the season, made his first start of the spring. He gave up one run on two hits and two runs in 1 2/3 innings.
TRAINER’S ROOM: Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn has a bruised left knee after running into the right field wall Friday. ... Matt Capps is a few days away from starting a throwing program. He was slowed by a sore rotator cuff.