Chris Iannetta emerges from slump in Angels' 10-6 loss

Angels' Chris Iannetta is emerging from a season-long hitting funk

AT THE PLATE: Chris Iannetta appears to be emerging from a season-long hitting funk. The catcher, whose batting average has hovered around the .100 mark, capped a three-run fourth inning with a run-scoring double to right-center, doubled to left and scored in the sixth and hit a solo home run to left-center in the eighth. Combined with his two-hit game Saturday in Baltimore, Iannetta lifted his average to .156. "The last two weeks, I've progressively gotten better at seeing the ball, and I've started barreling some balls up," Iannetta said. "I knew it was going to come. I knew I wasn't going to go the whole season without hitting." Albert Pujols (homer), Kole Calhoun (double) and David Freese (single) also had big hits in the fourth. Freese homered to lead off the sixth, and Johnny Giavotella followed Iannetta's double with a two-out RBI single to give the Angels a 5-4 lead, his eighth go-ahead RBI of the season.

ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson did not allow more than two earned runs in any of his five previous starts. The left-hander allowed that and more in a four-run, six-hit second inning, which included RBI singles by Ryan Goins, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion and an RBI double by Jose Bautista. Toronto would have scored five in the inning had Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill not fielded Donaldson's single near the line and fired a one-hop bullet to Freese, who tagged Goins out at third. Goins was attempting to go from first to third on the hit.

CLEANING UP: Manager Mike Scioscia moved Calhoun from the leadoff spot to cleanup and Erick Aybar, who has hit fifth for much of the season, to the leadoff spot. The switch won't be temporary. Scioscia said the left-handed-hitting Calhoun, who is batting .299 with three homers and 18 RBIs, will remain in the fourth spot for the foreseeable future. "We're going to ride this out," Scioscia said. Aybar's aggressive approach and reluctance to work counts would not seem to be a great fit for leadoff, but he's been hot of late, and "what Erick doesn't bring in patience, working counts, he brings in athleticism," Scioscia said. "And he still gets on base at a rate that hopefully will set the table for Mike [Trout] and Albert."

UP NEXT: Left-hander Hector Santiago (2-2, 2.41 ERA) will oppose Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-3, 4.26 ERA) at Rogers Centre on Tuesday at 4 p.m. PDT. TV: FS West; Radio: 830.

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