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Street, acquired in a July 18 trade from San Diego, gave up no runs and five hits in 12 innings of his first 12 games with the Angels, converting all nine save opportunities and boosting the team's confidence in the bullpen.
That gave the veteran right-hander 33 saves in 34 opportunities this season and 118 saves in 126 opportunities since 2011, a 94% success rate that was the best among all relievers with a minimum of 50 save opportunities in that span.
But appearing in three consecutive games for the first time since May 4-6, Street failed to record an out Sunday.
Adam Rosales, with the Angels employing a five-man infield and a shallow two-man outfield, drove a single over left fielder
"It's always a strange feeling when you don't get your job done," Street said. "It's frustrating, but it happens. I didn't make very good pitches out there. That's the bottom line."
And a two-run rally in the second inning could have been bigger had the Angels, who had the bases loaded with no outs after Efren Navarro's run-scoring single and Cowgill's infield single, come up with a clutch hit. They were two for 10 with runners in scoring position.
"This game was by no means lost in the ninth inning," Scioscia said. "This game was lost on the offensive side through a bunch of situations, where we needed to either score some runs with outs or get a key hit. And we weren't able to do it."
"If I hit a soft ground ball or a sacrifice fly, I could have done the job," Conger said. "I just got under a couple of balls in those situations."
Kole Calhoun followed Conger's fourth-inning popup with a wicked low liner that pitcher Nick Tepesch caught and turned into an inning-ending double play.
"I hit it right into his glove," Calhoun said.
Mike Trout, who ended a skid at 0 for 18 with a fifth-inning single, walked to open the eighth inning and took off for second base as
The speedy Trout had to stop at third base. Howie Kendrick was walked intentionally to load the bases, but reliever Shawn Tolleson struck out
"When I heard the ball hit, I tried looking for it, but I probably should have looked at DiSar," Trout said, referring to third base coach Gary DiSarcina. "Once I did find the ball, I was able to get to third, but I should have scored, for sure."
It was that kind of game for the Angels.
"Looking back, we had a bunch of opportunities to score some runs, where all we had to do was put the ball in play," Trout said. "It was one of those games where we just didn't get that big hit."