Austin Jackson

Indians top Angels 2-1; Bauer, Lindor key 7th straight win

The Cleveland Indians are finally starting to look like the defending AL champions.

Cleveland ran its winning streak to a seven games — its longest of the season — and moved to a season-high 10 games over .500 with Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Trevor Bauer pitched a season-high eight innings, Francisco Lindor singled to break a tie in the seventh and the Indians completed a 7-0 homestand after losing six of seven.

Manager Terry Francona knows the streak has come at a critical point for his team, which stumbled out of the All-Star break with a 1-5 road trip.

"We needed it, but needing it and doing it are two different things," he...