The Angels turned what appeared to be a comfortable win into a nail-biter Thursday, with closer
The Angels, with a 6-2 lead, should have opened the ninth with an out, but first baseman C.J. Cron misplayed
Pinch-hitter Max Muncy popped out to shortstop for the first out, but
With the bases still loaded, Marcus Semien popped out to second base, with
Richards, making his third start of the season after an eight-month recovery from left-knee surgery, gave up one run and four hits in six innings, striking out five and walking three to improve to 2-1 and lower his earned-run average to 3.00.
With his 101st pitch of the game, Richards struck out designated hitter Butler with a 96-mph fastball to end the sixth inning. He also struck out
Pujols was sidelined by left hamstring tightness, an injury he suffered Wednesday night, but that hardly slowed the Angels, who scored once in the third, three times in the fifth and once in the sixth and seventh innings.
Featherston, with his first big league hit, and Aybar sparked the fifth-inning rally with singles. Giavotella advanced the runners with a bunt, and after Trout was walked intentionally to load the bases, Calhoun lined a two-run single to right for a 3-0 lead. Trout scored on Freese's fielder's-choice grounder to make it 4-0.