Soriano pitches six scoreless, leads Angels past Guardians

On Friday night, Jose Soriano earned his first career win as a starter, leading the Angels to a 6-0 victory over the Cleveland Guardians.

Right-hander Jose Soriano threw six shutout innings Friday night, helping the Angels earn a 6-0 victory over the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field.

Soriano (1-4) got his first win of the season as the Angels had 11 hits, including Mickey Moniak’s three-run home run in the fourth.

The Angels are playing without center fielder Mike Trout for a few weeks as he recovers from knee surgery. However, they took advantage of mistakes by Guardians right-hander Tanner Bibee’s by scoring in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

The Angels, who got their third victory in the last 14 games, secured their 12th win and are 8-9 on the road.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Angels explode on Bibee

Nolan Schanuel hit a solo homer in the third inning — his third of the season — to open the scoring.

Bibee faced trouble again in the fourth, allowing Willie Calhoun to hit a double down the third-base line, followed by Logan O’Hoppe’s double off the center-field wall that brought in the second run. Two batters later, Moniak delivered his home run, giving the Angels a 5-0 lead.

The Angels managed another run off Bibee in the fifth when Schanuel got a lead-off single, Rengifo reached on an infield single and Taylor Ward hit a sacrifice fly that scored Schanuel.

Bibee, who is from Mission Viejo, California, allowed eight hits in five innings and conceded six earned runs on 91 pitches. It marked the first of the season for Bibee (2-1) and the Guardians’ sixth home loss.

Calhoun, who is 29, signed a minor-league contract with the Angels during the offseason. He had 110 plate appearances while playing for Triple-A Salt Lake and batted .268.

On Friday, he made his Angels debut and went 3 for 4, hitting two singles and a double. Rengifo went 2 for 4, improving his batting average to .333.

Soriano gets starting milestone

The first four starts for Soriano have been challenging, as he has struggled to secure a win. However, Soriano was impressive by dominating the Guardians with his knuckle-curve, leaving them off-balance through the first six innings.

Although Soriano loaded the bases for Cleveland with two outs, he managed to strike out Andres Gimenez swinging to end the fifth inning.

The 25-year-old from the Dominican Republic has held opponents to a .130 batting average and 13 strikeouts with the knuckle-curve. He finished the game with 88 pitches, allowing five hits.

Angels manager Ron Washington said he was happy with Soriano’s performance.

Trout undergoes knee surgery

Trout underwent surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Angels general manager Perry Minasian said there is timetable for Trouts return.

Typically, a meniscus repair can keep a player out from four to eight weeks. Trout will spend the initial phase of his rehabilitation process in Anaheim.

Washington said he remains hopeful Trout will make a comeback later this season.

Trout led the major leagues with 10 homers before he was sidelined. Trout, an 11-time all-star was batting .220 with 14 RBIs and six steals in 29 games.