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Huge seventh inning sparks Angels past Cardinals

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- The Los Angeles Angels proved once again they have few deficiencies.

Casey Kotchman drove in three runs, including two in a six-run seventh inning, as the Los Angeles Angels recorded its biggest comeback of the season in a 10-6 win over St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

The Angeles fell behind 4-0 before scoring nine unanswered runs to move a season-best 16 games over .500.

"They've got a complete ballclub," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "They're a good ball club and it's fun to play them."

The Angels showed their typically aggressive style by breaking open the game open in the seventh. They used 10 batters and had seven hits against three St. Louis pitchers. The first six batters reached by way of hits and all six eventually scored.

Even when they didn't get solid hits, the ball fell in the perfect spot. Kotchman's two-run single was a bloop down the left field line that scored Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson.

"Anytime we can come back from a deficit, it's a matter of executing swings and getting base runners on," Kotchman said.

Cardinals reliever Tyler Johnson (1-1) started the inning and faced just four batters. He gave up three singles -- including Kotchman's two-run single -- and a double. Johnson failed to record an out before being lifted.

"I just left it get out of control," said Johnson, who had surrendered four runs in 7 1/3 innings before Friday's game. "My slider was flat and I faced some good hitters and they beat me."

The Angels tied the game 3-3 in the fifth on a two-run single by Guerrero. He finished 2-for-4 and has 17 hits in his past 41 at-bats.

Chone Figgins extended his hitting streak with a single in the first and finished with three singles and three stolen bases. Howie Kendrick also had three hits, including two doubles, and Anderson had three hits.

"The one guy that is really a legitimate longball threat is Vlad," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "So around him we have a lot of very good situation hitters that run the bases very aggressively. That's the way our club has to play."

Hector Carrasco (1-1) used four pitches to get through the sixth inning to earn his first victory since last Oct. 1.

Starter Bartolo Colon continued his recent struggles. After winning his first five starts since returning from a torn rotator cuff he sustained in July, Colon had lost two consecutive decisions heading into Friday.

He gave up solo homers to Chris Duncan, Kelly Stinnett and Albert Pujols in the first three innings and now has allowed seven home runs in 14 2/3 innings over his past three appearances.

Colon lasted only four innings against the Cardinals and threw just 71 pitches before being pulled after repeatedly falling behind in the count.

He struck out four and allowed seven hits, three of the first four going for home runs.

Notes

  • Kip Wells got his first no-decision of the year in his 13th start of the season.
  • Colon recorded his 1,500th career-strike out against Chris Duncan in the third inning.
  • Stinnett's homer was his first as a Cardinal and his first since May 27, 2006 while with the New York Yankees.
  • The Cardinals signed former Anaheim Angeles reliever Troy Percival to a minor league contract. The closer spent 10 years with the Angels and part of one season with Detroit before retiring and is attempting a comeback. He will report to Triple-A Memphis.
  • St. Louis announced its day/night doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs was rescheduled to Sept. 15. The doubleheader is a makeup for the April 29 postponement following P Josh Hancock's death.
 
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Tyler Johnson is inconsolable in the dugout after failing to record an out in the seventh inning.  (AP)
Tyler Johnson is inconsolable in the dugout after failing to record an out in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Anaheim

C. Kotchman
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B6230023 .234
Orlando Cabrera, SS4101113 .328
Vladimir Guerrero, RF6122032 .348
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5110013 .290
Casey Kotchman, 1B3123200 .321
Garret Anderson, LF5131003 .259
Howie Kendrick, 2B4130111 .267
Mike Napoli, C3212213 .265
Bartolo Colon, P1000001 .000
   a- Reggie Willits, PH1010000 .325
    Darren Oliver, P0000000 .000
   b- Erick Aybar, PH1010000 .252
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   c- Shea Hillenbrand, PH1000001 .240
    Dustin Moseley, P0000000 .000
    Scot Shields, P0000000 .000
   d- Nathan Haynes, PH-RF1000000 .125
Totals411017969  
a-singled for Colon in the 5th
b-doubled for Oliver in the 6th
c-grounded out for Carrasco in the 7th
d-grounded out for Shields in the 9th
Batting
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (11, Johnson), Howie Kendrick 2 (5, Franklin, Cavazos), Mike Napoli (9, Franklin), Erick Aybar (4, Springer)
SF - Orlando Cabrera (4)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (31), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (53), Casey Kotchman 3 (32), Garret Anderson (12), Mike Napoli 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Kotchman (9)
SB - Chone Figgins 3 (11, 2nd base off Wells/Stinnett, 2nd base off Jimenez/Stinnett, off Jimenez/Stinnett)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Bartolo Colon (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
Bartolo Colon 4744143 5.70
Darren Oliver 1000030 6.88
Hector Carrasco (W,1-1) 1000000 6.07
Dustin Moseley 0.2311000 2.16
Scot Shields (H,14) 1.1000020 2.64
Francisco Rodriguez 1211020 2.36
IBB - Kennedy by Bartolo Colon
WP - Bartolo Colon (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 72-42, Darren Oliver 19-12, Hector Carrasco 4-4, Dustin Moseley 12-8, Scot Shields 17-12, Francisco Rodriguez 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 3-4, Hector Carrasco 1-2, Scot Shields 1-1
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 19, Darren Oliver 3, Hector Carrasco 3, Dustin Moseley 5, Scot Shields 4, Francisco Rodriguez 5
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5010003 .292
Chris Duncan, LF5111033 .262
Albert Pujols, 1B5122031 .298
Jim Edmonds, CF4010032 .241
Scott Rolen, 3B4000011 .257
Juan Encarnacion, RF4110010 .253
Adam Kennedy, 2B2000100 .223
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Andy Cavazos, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Spiezio, PH1000000 .265
    Kelvin Jimenez, P0000000 .000
Kelly Stinnett, C3122000 .300
   b- So Taguchi, PH1110000 .274
Kip Wells, P2010000 .292
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Miles, 2B2121000 .269
Totals386126111  
a-flied out for Cavazos in the 8th
b-singled for Stinnett in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jim Edmonds (4, Colon), Aaron Miles (6, Rodriguez)
HR - Chris Duncan (10, Colon), Albert Pujols (13, Colon), Kelly Stinnett (1, Colon)
RBI - Chris Duncan (21), Albert Pujols 2 (35), Kelly Stinnett 2 (3), Aaron Miles (9)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (12), Kelly Stinnett (1)
SB - So Taguchi (3, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Napoli)
PK - Adam Kennedy (2, Colon)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jim Edmonds 1
DP - Eckstein-Kennedy-Pujols
E - Kelly Stinnett (1, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Kip Wells 5733560 6.33
Russ Springer (H,3) 1100010 2.70
Tyler Johnson (BS,1; L,1-1)0444000 3.32
Ryan Franklin 0.2322000 2.03
Andy Cavazos 1.1100120 0.00
Kelvin Jimenez 1111000 7.58
IBB - Napoli by Kip Wells
Pitches-Strikes - Kip Wells 88-52, Russ Springer 17-11, Tyler Johnson 19-10, Ryan Franklin 13-10, Andy Cavazos 22-13, Kelvin Jimenez 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 4-3, Ryan Franklin 1-1, Andy Cavazos 1-1, Kelvin Jimenez 3-0
Batters Faced - Kip Wells 25, Russ Springer 4, Tyler Johnson 4, Ryan Franklin 5, Andy Cavazos 6, Kelvin Jimenez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44156
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Adam Dowdy