Angels pitcher Cam Bedrosian threw wildly after fielding a sacrifice bunt attempt in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing Jon Jay to score and the Arizona Diamondbacks to beat the Angels 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Jay was hit by a pitch to start the inning, then moved to second on John Ryan Murphy’s sacrifice attempt that turned into a hit. A.J. Pollock then laid down another sacrifice try, and Bedrosian (5-3) attempted to force out Jay at third.
The ball soared past third baseman Taylor Ward, and Jay got up and sprinted home.
Diamondbacks closer Brad Boxberger (2-4) pitched a scoreless ninth.
David Peralta drove in three runs and came a triple short of the cycle for Arizona.
The Angels rallied from a pair of two-run deficits to tie it, scoring twice in the seventh inning on pinch-hitter Jefry Marte’s home run and David Fletcher’s two-out triple. Fletcher had three hits and two RBIs.
Both teams’ starting pitchers lasted six innings but got no-decisions. Felix Pena struck out a career-high 12 but allowed four runs and seven hits for Los Angeles, while Arizona’s Patrick Corbin gave up two runs and five hits and struck out eight.
Peralta hit his seventh home run in 12 games, a two-run shot into the Diamondbacks’ bullpen in left field with one out in the first inning. The Diamondbacks lead the majors with 109 first-inning runs.
The Angels tied it in the third on run-scoring singles for Fletcher and Andrelton Simmons after Kole Calhoun led off with a double.
But the Diamondbacks got to Pena again in the third, stringing together four consecutive singles for two runs to take a 4-2 lead. Peralta and Steven Souza Jr. had the RBI hits in the inning, though Arizona left the bases loaded.
Marte homered into the second deck in left field with two out in the seventh off reliever Yoshihisa Hirano, making it 4-3. Fletcher tripled off Archie Bradley to drive in Kole Calhoun and tie it.
Angels put Upton on DL, expect Trout back by end of week
The Angels have placed Justin Upton on the 10-day disabled list with a cut on his left index finger, but they expect Mike Trout will rejoin the team by the end of the week.
The Angels announced Upton’s move Tuesday prior to a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, retroactive to Sunday. The Angels called up outfielder Jabari Blash from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Upton’s place on the active roster.
“You keep going,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday. “You’re certainly not going to sit back and feel sorry for yourself, or no one’s going to feel sorry for you.”
Scioscia says Upton was injured Sunday night after getting the day off when the Angels played at Texas. He’d hoped the cut had healed enough to allow Upton to face his former team, the Diamondbacks, this week.
Trout, on the DL with a wrist injury, has been away from the team following the death of his brother-in-law, former Angels pitching prospect Aaron Cox.