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Angels blow six-run lead in ninth when Steve Pearce hits walk-off grand slam for Blue Jays

Angels blow six-run lead in ninth when Steve Pearce hits walk-off grand slam for Blue Jays

The 2017 Angels are not a great ballclub, but until Sunday afternoon in Toronto, they had preserved leads like one. They were the only team in the sport to win every game they once led by three runs this season.

They soiled that feat in mortifying fashion at Rogers Centre, frittering away a six-run, ninth-inning lead in 20 minutes. The first five Blue Jays to bat reached base against Brooks Pounders and closer Bud Norris, after manager Mike Scioscia quickly aborted his plan to rest Norris. That halved the lead. Soon Toronto’s potential winning run approached the plate with the bases loaded and one out.

Norris missed badly with his first two pitches, supplying ex-teammate Steve...

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