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Angels lose, 4-3, to Braves

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Braves, powered by back-to-back home runs, top Angels, 4-3

KEY MOMENT: The Braves had two on with two outs in the first inning when Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson fell behind Braves catcher Evan Gattis with a three-ball count. Gattis got the green light and crushed a three-run homer to left-center field. Chris Johnson followed with a homer to center to give the Braves a 4-0 lead.

AT THE PLATE: The Angels took advantage of center fielder B.J. Upton's error to score twice in the eighth, Mike Trout putting runners on second and third with a bloop double to right and Albert Pujols stroking a two-run single to right to make it 4-3. Josh Hamilton walked to put two on, but Howie Kendrick struck out, and Erick Aybar grounded to first to end the inning. Hank Conger doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the third.

ON THE MOUND: Wilson rebounded from his rocky first to blank the Braves on three hits over the next five innings, but there was no moral victory. "I'm not satisfied at all," he said. "I gave up four runs and two homers in the first. There's no reward for a loss. Ever." Atlanta right-hander Aaron Harang, who entered with an 0-5 record and 7.59 earned-run average in seven starts against the Angels, allowed one run and four hits in six innings to improve to 5-5. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out two of three in the ninth, including Raul Ibanez on a 99-mph game-ending fastball, for his 19th save.

EXTRA BASES: Manager Mike Scioscia will miss Saturday night's game to attend funeral services for former Dodgers teammate Bob Welch in Arizona. Bench coach Dino Ebel will manage the team, and Scioscia will return for Sunday night's game. … Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left the game in the second inning after getting hit in the right hand by a Wilson pitch in the first. X-rays of the hand were negative, and Heyward was listed as day to day.

UP NEXT: Right-hander Garrett Richards (6-2, 3.09 ERA) will oppose Atlanta right-hander Gavin Floyd (1-2, 2.57) at Turner Field on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. PDT. On the air: FS West. Radio: 830 AM.

 

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