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Izturis, Rivera team up to help Angels prevail in 10th

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Reggie Willits bunted in the ninth inning and was called out for interference. Maicer Izturis laid down another one in the 10th and was able to stay out of harm's way.

Izturis' bunt single, his fourth hit of the game, set up the winning run and pinch-hitter Juan Rivera delivered an RBI single later that inning to give the Los Angeles Angels a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night.

Casey Kotchman singled with one out against Brian Tallet (0-1) and advanced to third when Izturis bunted to the left of the mound. Tallet picked it up and bounced his throw past first base, giving the Angels runners at second and third. Rivera batted for Brandon Wood after an intentional walk to Jeff Mathis and lined a 1-1 pitch to right-center, giving the Angels their third walk-off win in five games.

"Casey did a good job hitting the ball right up the middle and Izturis laid down a good bunt," Tallet said. "I tried to make a play on it and you can see it didn't work. I felt I could get him. If I had to do it all over again, I'd try to make the same play."

Willits came up in the ninth with a runner at first and bunted to the right of the plate. Catcher Rod Barajas' throw up the line struck him in the back, and plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called Willits out for running inside the baseline.

"The catcher made a good play because you could tell he pretty much deliberately hit me with it," Willits said. "(Wendelstedt) made the right call. At the time, I didn't agree with it. But after seeing the replay, he made the right call."

Manager Mike Scioscia didn't think so at the time, and engaged in a long and animated argument that lasted close to 10 minutes.

"It's a call that we have to make," Wendlestedt said. "I mean, who wants to make that call? But that's what they pay us to do. Everybody saw him inside the line, and the Angels didn't see it that way until they got the benefit of two or three replays."

"Rule 605k says that when running the last half distance between home and first, if you interfere with the fielder taking the throw -- which he did -- he's called out and all the runners on base return to where they were at the time of the pitch," Wendelstedt explained.

Scioscia eventually pulled crew chief Tom Hallion into the fray, but the Angels didn't lodge an official protest because they had no grounds. This crew made an identical ruling against the Phillies' Shane Victorino at Cincinnati during the first weekend of the season.

"Mike thought he wanted to protest, and that's where Tommy did a great job as the crew chief and explained that he really can't protest this because it's a judgment call," Wendelstedt said. "We had a great conversation with Mike, and I think that rule is a little bit clearer to him now. He was very professional. He didn't really understand the interpretation of the rule and was just trying to get a clarification. That's why he was out there so long."

Garret Anderson singled when play resumed and Toronto manager John Gibbons replaced reliever Scott Downs with Armando Benitez, who retired Vladimir Guerrero on a foul popup.

Barajas gave Toronto a 2-1 lead in the seventh against John Lackey with a two-out solo homer that hit the top of the fence in left-center as the 5-foot-11 Willits attempted a leaping catch.

The Angels tied it in the bottom half against Shaun Marcum. Willits hit a chopper over the head of first baseman Lyle Overbay, who was playing him a few feet in front of the bag, and ended up with a double. Howie Kendrick, playing his second game since coming off the disabled list, followed with an RBI double.

Lackey allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits over eight innings in his fourth start off the DL. The right-hander made some big pitches to escape the eighth after giving up a leadoff double to ex-teammate David Eckstein. He struck out Shannon Stewart, retired Marco Scutaro on a grounder to short and slipped a called third strike past Alex Rios.

After failing to get a hit through the first three innings, the Blue Jays opened the scoring in the fourth on a bizarre play. Scutaro singled with one out and took third on a single to right field by Rios, who got trapped in a rundown rounding first base after Guerrero threw behind the runner to Kotchman.

Kotchman ran Rios toward second baseman Kendrick, who missed the toss, and the ball dribbled into left field as Scutaro came home with the unearned run. Kendrick was charged with the error.

The Angels got the run back in the bottom half when Torii Hunter led off with a drive to center field for his seventh homer of the season.

Marcum allowed two runs and a career-worst 11 hits over seven innings with two strikeouts and a walk.

Notes

  • Izturis was dropped from the leadoff spot to seventh and singled his first three times up.
  • Willits started in place of Gary Matthews Jr., who is 0-for-11 lifetime against Marcum.
  • Matthews, who pinch-ran for Quinlan in the ninth inning, finished the month batting .211 -- 67 points lower than he did last May. Willits who came in 4-for-5 lifetime against Marcum, flied out with the bases loaded to end the fourth.
  • Guerrero, who homered twice against Marcum on May 21 at Toronto, was hitless in four at-bats against him in the rematch.
 
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Mike Scioscia tries to get his point across during the Angels' third walk-off win in their past five games.  (AP)
Mike Scioscia tries to get his point across during the Angels' third walk-off win in their past five games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

C. Kotchman
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Toronto

R. Barajas
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Shannon Stewart, LF4000113 .261
    Joe Inglett, LF0000000 .259
Marco Scutaro, 2B4110002 .273
Alex Rios, CF4010011 .263
Scott Rolen, 3B4000011 .296
Matt Stairs, DH3000010 .272
Lyle Overbay, 1B3000112 .277
Rod Barajas, C4111001 .297
Brad Wilkerson, RF4010020 .227
David Eckstein, SS4020001 .265
Totals3426127  
Batting
2B - Brad Wilkerson (6, Lackey), David Eckstein (8, Lackey)
HR - Rod Barajas (4, Lackey)
RBI - Rod Barajas (16)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (3)
CS - Brad Wilkerson (3, 2nd base by Lackey/Mathis)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Overbay
E - Brian Tallet (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum 71122121 2.63
Scott Downs 1.2200010 1.93
Armando Benitez 0.2000000 3.86
Brian Tallet (L,0-1)0211100 1.57
Jason Frasor0100000 3.57
IBB - Mathis by Brian Tallet
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 93-63, Scott Downs 31-18, Armando Benitez 5-4, Brian Tallet 6-2, Jason Frasor 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 8-10, Scott Downs 4-0, Armando Benitez 1-1
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 32, Scott Downs 7, Armando Benitez 2, Brian Tallet 3, Jason Frasor 1
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, LF5110016 .265
Howie Kendrick, 2B5011021 .432
Garret Anderson, DH4020101 .281
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5000005 .246
Torii Hunter, CF5111001 .282
Casey Kotchman, 1B5130000 .321
Maicer Izturis, SS5040000 .224
Jeff Mathis, C4000105 .198
Robb Quinlan, 3B4030002 .254
    Gary Matthews Jr., PR0000000 .220
    Brandon Wood, 3B0000000 .106
   a- Juan Rivera, PH1011000 .186
Totals43316323  
a-singled for Wood in the 10th
Batting
2B - Reggie Willits (3, Marcum), Howie Kendrick (6, Marcum)
HR - Torii Hunter (7, Marcum)
RBI - Howie Kendrick (6), Torii Hunter (26), Juan Rivera (2)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Vladimir Guerrero 1
DP - Kendrick-Kotchman, Kendrick-Kotchman
E - Howie Kendrick (2, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey 8621171 1.80
Francisco Rodriguez 1000100 2.25
Scot Shields (W,3-1) 1000000 3.27
HBP - Stairs (by John Lackey)
WP - John Lackey (1)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 107-76, Francisco Rodriguez 21-14, Scot Shields 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 7-8, Francisco Rodriguez 1-2, Scot Shields 2-1
Batters Faced - John Lackey 30, Francisco Rodriguez 4, Scot Shields 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43645
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Tom Hallion