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Angels down Pirates in 10th inning after K-Rod blows save

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the second time in three days, the Los Angeles Angels beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in extra innings with a "ground-run double" that wasn't.

Erick Aybar singled home the winning run in the 10th and Jose Molina drove in two runs, leading the Angels to a 4-3 victory on Sunday and a three-game sweep that kept them eight games ahead of the pack in the AL West.

"Every guy in here has the ability to step up and get the job done, and as we've seen lately, everybody's been contributing to all the wins," second baseman Howie Kendrick said. "That's one great thing about our organization. Even the guys who aren't everyday players, when they get spot starts they get the job done."

Pirates closer Matt Capps (3-4), working his second inning of relief, gave up a one-out double to Kendrick before intentionally walking Kendry Morales. Gary Matthews Jr., who did not start the game because of tightness in his left hamstring, batted for Molina and flied out on the next pitch.

Aybar, starting at shortstop while Orlando Cabrera was used as the DH, lined a 1-0 pitch into the right field corner that bounced over the short fence, giving the AL West leaders their fourth straight victory.

"I think Matthews was a little overanxious and swung at a pitch up and out of the zone and something he really couldn't do a whole lot with," Capps said. "That was big, getting him out, but I fell behind Aybar 1-0 and I didn't want to fall behind 2-0. I was trying to go low and away and I just missed over the plate."

On Friday night, Cabrera ended the game in the 11th with an RBI single that bounced over the short fence in the left field corner, but didn't bother to touch second before the celebration began.

"We played two very good baseball games in this series against arguably the best team in baseball and took them to extra innings both times," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "We did everything we could do today."

Pittsburgh has lost five in a row, matching its longest skid this season.

Josh Phelps, making his Pirates debut as a DH after getting claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Friday, singled his first two times up. But when he came up in the seventh with the bases loaded and Pittsburgh trailing 3-2, he looked at a called third strike from Scot Shields for the third out.

Shields pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, but closer Francisco Rodriguez gave up the tying run in the ninth and was charged with his second blown save in 24 attempts this season. The right-hander retired his first two batters before walking Adam LaRoche. Pinch-runner Rajai Davis advanced to third on two wild pitches with Xavier Nady at the plate, and Nady lined a 3-1 pitch to left field to score Davis.

"Frankie's been lights-out all year, but in that situation he left a breaking ball out over the plate and the guy put a good swing on it," Kendrick said. "But this is a team. So regardless of whether the save might have been blown there, we had to step up."

The Pirates managed only one run in the fifth despite loading the bases with none out. After Jason Bay looked at a third strike, Jack Wilson scored when Bartolo Colon walked LaRoche on a borderline pitch that plate umpire Alfonso Marquez said missed the inside corner.

Colon showed no emotion after the pitch, but pounded the pocket of his glove with his fist after turning Nady's comebacker into an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play.

"I wasn't celebrating the double play," Colon said through a translator. "I was ticked off about the pitch that I missed on (to LaRoche). That was a pitch that I really wanted. I had nothing to do with the umpire, but my release point made me miss by a couple of inches and it cost me that pitch."

Colon allowed two runs, seven hits and a season-high four walks while striking out six in his 300th career start. Pittsburgh lefty Tom Gorzelanny allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings in his first career appearance against the Angels.

Notes

  • After the game, the Pirates optioned RHP Jonah Bayliss to Triple-A Indianapolis. A corresponding roster move won't be made until Tuesday.
  • Rodriguez's other blown save was April 24 against Detroit, when he surrendered a two-run homer to Magglio Ordonez in the ninth inning. The Angels puled out a 9-8 victory in the 10th. K-Rod came into this one having converted 44 of his previous 46 save opportunities.
  • Just before the bases-loaded walk to LaRoche, third base coach Jeff Cox held up Wilson on a single by Freddy Sanchez. Only one baserunner Cox has waived home this season has been thrown out. Another was retired after running through his stop sign.
  • The Pirates are 13-for-56 with the bases-loaded. Nady entered the game 4-for-6 in those situations.
 
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Erick Aybar gets the big hit for the Halos in the 10th, sending the league's hottest team to another win.  (AP)
Erick Aybar gets the big hit for the Halos in the 10th, sending the league's hottest team to another win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

H. Kendrick
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Pittsburgh

J. Wilson
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duffy, CF5020121 .250
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4010001 .294
Jason Bay, LF5000034 .269
Adam LaRoche, 1B2001310 .211
    Rajai Davis, PR0100000 .211
    Ronny Paulino, C0000000 .226
Xavier Nady, RF5021011 .274
Ryan Doumit, C-1B1000400 .303
Josh Phelps, DH5020035 .271
Jose Castillo, 3B5110024 .245
Jack Wilson, SS5121000 .263
Totals373103812  
Batting
2B - Jose Castillo (7, Colon)
SH - Freddy Sanchez (2)
RBI - Adam LaRoche (39), Xavier Nady (43), Jack Wilson (18)
2-OUT RBI - Xavier Nady (26), Jack Wilson (4)
SB - Xavier Nady (2, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Molina)
CS - Chris Duffy (4, 2nd base by Bootcheck/Molina)
Team LOB - 13
Pittsburgh Pirates
Tom Gorzelanny 6733340 3.10
Masumi Kuwata 1.2100210 2.35
John Grabow 0.1000010 6.16
Matt Capps (L,3-4) 1.2211110 2.76
IBB - Quinlan by Masumi Kuwata, Morales by Matt Capps
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Gorzelanny 103-64, Masumi Kuwata 33-16, John Grabow 3-3, Matt Capps 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Gorzelanny 6-8, Masumi Kuwata 1-3, Matt Capps 1-3
Batters Faced - Tom Gorzelanny 28, Masumi Kuwata 8, John Grabow 1, Matt Capps 8
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, CF5000022 .343
Chone Figgins, 3B2110310 .302
Orlando Cabrera, DH5020002 .336
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4001013 .325
Robb Quinlan, LF2110202 .274
    Nathan Haynes, LF1000000 .333
Howie Kendrick, 2B5220014 .298
Kendry Morales, 1B4010115 .292
Jose Molina, C4012011 .242
   a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH1000002 .285
Erick Aybar, SS5021001 .248
Totals38410467  
a-flied out for Molina in the 10th
Batting
2B - Howie Kendrick 2 (11, Gorzelanny, Capps), Kendry Morales (3, Gorzelanny), Erick Aybar (5, Gorzelanny)
SF - Vladimir Guerrero (5)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (69), Jose Molina 2 (4), Erick Aybar (15)
2-OUT RBI - Erick Aybar (7)
SB - Chone Figgins 2 (18, 2nd base off Gorzelanny/Doumit, 2nd base off Gorzelanny/Doumit), Orlando Cabrera (9, 2nd base off Kuwata/Doumit)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Colon-Molina-Morales
Los Angeles Angels
Bartolo Colon 6722460 5.90
Dustin Moseley (H,4) 0.2000000 2.52
Darren Oliver0000100 6.20
Scot Shields (H,19) 1.1100130 1.90
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,2) 1111220 2.43
Chris Bootcheck (W,2-1) 1100010 3.73
WP - Francisco Rodriguez 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 103-61, Dustin Moseley 10-7, Darren Oliver 7-3, Scot Shields 18-12, Francisco Rodriguez 31-15, Chris Bootcheck 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 7-4, Dustin Moseley 2-0, Scot Shields 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0, Chris Bootcheck 1-0
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 28, Dustin Moseley 2, Darren Oliver 1, Scot Shields 6, Francisco Rodriguez 6, Chris Bootcheck 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42346
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether