Los Angeles at Atlanta

Final 13th
Los Angeles
W: F. Salas (4-0) L: D. Hale (2-1)
HR: LAA - M. Trout (13),A. Pujols (16)   ATL - E. Gattis (15)

Angels regroup to battle past Braves in 13 innings

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ATLANTA -- As acting manager for the day, Angels bench coach Dino Ebel asked for a close game so he could make lots of moves.

Ebel got his wish with a marathon game packed with momentum shifts.

Kole Calhoun's bases-loaded single in the 13th inning drove in the go-ahead run and the Los Angeles Angels recovered after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth to beat the Atlanta Braves 11-6 Saturday night.

"That was fun," Ebel said, grinning after the game. "It was a roller-coaster ride, but it was good."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia missed the game to attend the funeral of former Dodgers teammate Bob Welch in Arizona.

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each had three hits, including back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, and drove in four runs.

Evan Gattis homered for Atlanta.

The Angels won despite blowing a 5-1 lead in the ninth and a 6-5 lead in the 10th.

"We never quit and they never quit," Trout said. "Give them props. They scored four runs against us in the ninth. But we kept battling and put ourselves in position to win the game."

Erick Aybar led off the 13th with his fourth hit, an infield single, and moved to second on catcher Gerald Laird's passed ball. David Hale (2-1) walked pinch-hitter C.J. Wilson and hit Chris Iannetta with a pitch to load the bases.

Calhoun's soft fly ball fell just in front of center fielder B.J. Upton, who attempted a sliding catch, to give Los Angeles the lead. Trout's two-run double and Pujols' two-run single pushed the lead to five runs.

"I just can't walk people like that," Hale said. "That was the big problem."

The teams combined to use 16 pitchers in a game that lasted nearly 5 hours.

Fernando Salas (4-0) pitched two scoreless innings.

Josh Hamilton drove in Pujols with a single off Craig Kimbrel in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 6-5 lead. The Braves pulled even on Jason Heyward's run-scoring, broken-bat single off rookie Cam Bedrosian.

The Braves trailed 5-1 before scoring four runs in the ninth on five straight hits off Ernesto Frieri, costing Garrett Richards a win after he set a career high with 10 strikeouts in six scoreless innings. B.J. Upton had a two-run triple and Freddie Freeman's double drove in the tying run.

Frieri gave up four runs without recording an out.

"Ernie just got the ball up and they squared it up," Ebel said. "He'll get the ball again."

Bedrosian faced immediate drama in the 10th. Tommy La Stella led off with a single and moved to second when Bedrosian dropped the ball on the mound for a balk. With his father, former Braves pitcher Steve Bedrosian, watching from a luxury suite, the young Bedrosian recorded one out before giving up an infield hit to pinch-hitter Ramiro Pena and Heyward's tying single to right field.

An intentional walk to Freeman loaded the bases before right fielder Calhoun charged toward the infield to make a diving catch on Justin Upton's fly ball, ending the inning.

"Beautiful," said Ebel of the catch.

"Awesome," added Trout. "It saved the game for sure."

Richards allowed only four hits with three walks. He has allowed a combined 12 hits and one run in three dominant June starts.

Pujols drove in the Angels' first run off Gavin Floyd with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Ebel improved to 3-0 this season as Scioscia's stand-in. Ebel was the acting manager for two wins when Scioscia was attending his daughter's college graduation in May.

Floyd allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.


Richards' previous career high was nine strikeouts in two games this season -- May 3 against Texas and June 4 at Houston. ... B.J. Upton's two-base fielding error on Aybar's single in the eighth set up an unearned run off Jordan Walden. ... LHP Alex Wood gave up two hits in 3 2-3 scoreless innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday night. It was Wood's first appearance since he was sent down to be stretched out as a starter. ... Gattis extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games. ... Braves LHP Mike Minor will face Angels LHP Hector Santiago when the three-game series ends on Sunday night. Santiago is 0-6.

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Atlanta's B.J. Upton can't get to Kole Calhoun's bases-loaded single in the 13th inning, which put the Angels ahead. (Getty Images)
Atlanta's B.J. Upton can't get to Kole Calhoun's bases-loaded single in the 13th inning, which put the Angels ahead. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Trout
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1

E. Gattis
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Kole Calhoun, RF6221112 .260
Mike Trout, CF6234112 .299
Albert Pujols, 1B6234003 .255
Josh Hamilton, LF7011022 .342
Howie Kendrick, 2B6110012 .270
Erick Aybar, SS6241011 .288
David Freese, 3B4010001 .223
   Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
   Mike Morin, P0000000 .000
   a-C.J. Cron, PH1000001 .275
   Cam Bedrosian, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   b-C.J. Wilson, PH0100100 .000
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000 .000
Chris Iannetta, C4110013 .254
Garrett Richards, P2000002 .000
   c-Raul Ibanez, PH1000002 .146
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000 .000
   John McDonald, 3B1000103 .235
a-lined out for Morin in the 10th
b-walked for Salas in the 13th
c-popped out for Richards in the 7th
2B - Mike Trout (17, Hale), Albert Pujols (16, Kimbrel)
HR - Mike Trout (13, Floyd), Albert Pujols (16, Floyd)
SF - Albert Pujols (4)
SH - John McDonald (2)
RBI - Kole Calhoun (10), Mike Trout 4 (49), Albert Pujols 4 (41), Josh Hamilton (14), Erick Aybar (36)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Trout (10)
SB - Mike Trout (7, 2nd base off Floyd/Gattis), Erick Aybar (5, 2nd base off Floyd/Gattis)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Pujols, Kendrick-Aybar-Pujols-McDonald-Kendrick
E - Garrett Richards (3, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Garrett Richards 64003100 2.87
Kevin Jepsen 1100010 3.04
Joe Smith 1111021 3.18
Ernesto Frieri 0544000 5.46
Mike Morin 1000110 1.27
Cam Bedrosian (BS,1) 1311100 7.71
Fernando Salas (W,4-0) 2100110 2.96
Cory Rasmus 1000000 4.50
IBB - Gattis by Mike Morin, Freeman by Cam Bedrosian, La Stella by Fernando Salas
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 107-70, Kevin Jepsen 13-9, Joe Smith 17-13, Ernesto Frieri 25-16, Mike Morin 13-7, Cam Bedrosian 25-15, Fernando Salas 26-13, Cory Rasmus 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 5-4, Kevin Jepsen 1-1, Mike Morin 1-0, Cam Bedrosian 2-1, Fernando Salas 2-2, Cory Rasmus 1-2
Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 26, Kevin Jepsen 4, Joe Smith 4, Ernesto Frieri 5, Mike Morin 3, Cam Bedrosian 7, Fernando Salas 7, Cory Rasmus 3
Atlanta Braves
Jason Heyward, RF7122012 .255
B.J. Upton, CF6122122 .209
Freddie Freeman, 1B5011234 .272
Justin Upton, LF7000039 .280
Evan Gattis, C5131110 .293
   Dan Uggla, PR0000000 .167
   Gerald Laird, C1000000 .239
Chris Johnson, 3B5000032 .266
Tommy La Stella, 2B4120201 .377
Andrelton Simmons, SS6110016 .256
Gavin Floyd, P2010010 .133
   Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
   a-Jordan Schafer, PH1010000 .213
   Jordan Walden, P0000000 .000
   David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   b-Ryan Doumit, PH1110000 .203
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   c-Ramiro Pena, PH1010000 .215
   David Hale, P1000000 .091
   Shae Simmons, P0000000 .000
a-hit a bunt single for Varvaro in the 7th
b-singled for Carpenter in the 9th
c-singled for Kimbrel in the 10th
2B - Freddie Freeman (17, Frieri)
3B - B.J. Upton (3, Frieri)
HR - Evan Gattis (15, Smith)
SH - Chris Johnson (1)
RBI - Jason Heyward 2 (25), B.J. Upton 2 (21), Freddie Freeman (36), Evan Gattis (35)
Team LOB - 14
Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1
DP - Johnson-Simmons-La Stella, Johnson-Simmons-La Stella-Simmons-La Stella-Freeman
E - B.J. Upton (5, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Gerald Laird (3)
Atlanta Braves
Gavin Floyd 6.1744042 2.98
Luis Avilan 0.1000100 4.64
Anthony Varvaro 0.1000100 3.13
Jordan Walden 1210000 4.40
David Carpenter 1100020 4.44
Craig Kimbrel 1211010 2.03
David Hale (L,2-1) 2.1355200 2.78
Shae Simmons 0.2100000 1.35
WP - Gavin Floyd (6)
HBP - Iannetta (by Gavin Floyd), Iannetta (by David Hale)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 87-56, Luis Avilan 8-3, Anthony Varvaro 13-9, Jordan Walden 17-9, David Carpenter 22-14, Craig Kimbrel 17-12, David Hale 42-23, Shae Simmons 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 7-7, Jordan Walden 2-0, David Carpenter 1-0, Craig Kimbrel 1-1, David Hale 3-4, Shae Simmons 1-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 26, Luis Avilan 2, Anthony Varvaro 2, Jordan Walden 4, David Carpenter 4, Craig Kimbrel 5, David Hale 13, Shae Simmons 2
Game Information
Attendance - 48559
Game Time - 4:57
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - David Rackley