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BAL@LAA: Haren strikes out nine in seven-plus innings

Indians manager Manny Acta has no doubt that Albert Pujols will get back to the form that makes him a popular selection when conversations turn to picking the best all-around hitter in baseball.

He's just hoping against hope the Angels slugger waits until he leaves Cleveland following the three-game series that continues Saturday at Progressive Field. Indians righty Jeanmar Gomez will get the nod, opposing the Halos' Dan Haren.

The Indians dodged a Pujols bullet in their 3-2 victory over the Angels on Friday, when he managed just a single in four at-bats.

A .327 lifetime hitter, Pujols has struggled after signing a 10-year $254 million contract in the offseason, after leading the Cardinals to a World Series championship in 2011.

He is hitting .225 without a home run and just four RBIs.

"He's going to be OK. You can write that down," Acta said before Friday's game. "He's going to be fine."

If the Indians can hold Pujols in check the next two games, he is welcome to begin wreaking havoc on the rest of the teams on the Angels' schedule, Acta said.

"Even the best ones fail seven out of 10 times," Acta said. "Right now, he's failing 7.6 times out of 10. Hopefully, he heats up once he leaves town, but I'm sure he's going to be OK and I'm sure they're going to be OK, too.

"They have a tremendous team on the other side."

The Angels, who dropped to 6-14 with Friday's loss -- their fifth in a row -- have to focus on playing solid fundamental baseball and they will get their season turned around, said pitcher Jerome Williams, who pitched seven strong innings in a 4-3 loss to the Rays on Thursday.

"You just try to go out there and play well," Williams said Friday. "All we have to do is keep on plugging away, trying to pitch well, get a few hits here and there and try to find a way to win."

Angels: Hunter homers
• Torii Hunter had two hits Friday, including his first homer of the season, and drove in both of his club's runs. The 2-for-4 night lifted Hunter's average to .301.

Indians: Cabrera gets game-winner
• Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, including a game-winning single in the ninth inning Friday, and improved his average to .321.

It was the fourth walk-off hit of Cabrera's career.

• Casey Kotchman snapped an 0-for-24 stretch with a seventh-inning single.

Worth noting
• The Indians, who homered in each of the season's first nine games, have now gone nine consecutive games without one. They last homered on April 17 at Seattle, a fifth-­inning shot by Carlos Santana. Comments