MLB Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at San Diego|
(Saturday, May 19th)
Final Score: San Diego 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 2
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Alexi Amarista hit a go-ahead RBI double in
the seventh inning and the Padres defeated the Angels, 3-2, on Saturday.
Amarista went 2-for-2 and scored twice while Cameron Maybin drove in two for
San Diego, which had lost two in a row, including the opener of this three-
game interleague series on Friday.
Starter Eric Stults allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings and Luke Gregerson
(1-0) recorded the final out of the seventh, stranding a runner on second base
to earn the win.
"My goal was to come in and give quality start," said Stults. "I know (the
Padres) have had the injury bug so they needed somebody to come in and throw
Erick Aybar knocked in a run and finished a homer shy of the cycle for the
Angels, who had won three of four entering Saturday.
Dan Haren (1-5) allowed three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in the loss.
He struck out five, walked one and has dropped four straight starts.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the second when Howie Kendrick walked to start
the inning and Aybar followed two batters later with a triple into the gap in
Amarista led off the third inning with a single and relied on his speed
to round the bases. Stults followed with a bunt and catcher John Hester went
to second base with the throw, which Amarista beat with a head-first slide.
Consecutive fly balls by Will Venable and Maybin allowed the second baseman to
come home with the tying run.
The game was still tied after the teams traded a run in the fifth.
Aybar began the inning with a double before moving to second on a walk and to
third on a Haren's sac bunt. He crossed the plate on Mike Trout's groundout.
Amarista again manufactured a run in the bottom half. He drew a leadoff walk
and advanced on Stults' bunt before taking third on a wild pitch. Maybin then
delivered a two-out, game-tying single up the middle.
The Angels went on top for good in the seventh when Nick Hundley singled,
moved up on a sac bunt and scored on Amarista's two-bagger down the left-field
Dale Thayer locked up his fifth save by striking out Ryan Langerhans with
Aybar on third to end the game.
"Those guys were throwing the ball well," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
"You're not always gonna come back late but we had some opportunities."
Stults was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Thursday. He started in
place of Tim Stauffer, who landed on the disabled list Friday with a sprained
right elbow...The Angels fell to 1-19 on the season when scoring three or
fewer runs...The Padres placed outfielder Mark Kotsay on the 15-day disabled
list Saturday with a lower back strain. He has not played since leaving last
Saturday's win over the Phillies due to tightness in his lower back. San Diego
recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte from Triple-A Tucson to fill the vacated
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