Rivera returns from DL, homers in 9th as Angels sweep Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) In his first game back from a knee injury, Rene Rivera was big trouble for his old team.

Rivera hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning after a long stay on the disabled list, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.

Reinstated from the 60-day DL before the game, Rivera connected for a solo shot into the second deck in left field against San Diego closer Kirby Yates (4-1). The former Padres catcher had missed 76 games with right knee inflammation.

''It's awesome to come back after three months and help the team to win a game,'' Rivera said. ''First, I'm glad to be back and have an opportunity to play, and winning the game today is great.''

Yates, who took over as closer when Brad Hand was traded to Cleveland, had allowed only two earned runs in 21 innings pitched at Petco Park this season.

''I just threw a good pitch, and he hit it,'' Yates said. ''Just come back tomorrow and get back at it.''

After the Angels sent starting catcher Martin Maldonado to Houston at the July 31 trade deadline, Rivera will have an opportunity to contribute more.

''We just brought him back and knew he had to get his timing down,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''To jump right in like that, that's a huge home run obviously.''

Jose Alvarez (5-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win for the Angels, their seventh in nine games. The sweep was Los Angeles' sixth of the season.

Blake Parker retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save.

Cory Spangenberg erased an Angels lead in the seventh with a solo home run that tied the game at 2.

Andrelton Simmons singled home David Fletcher in the sixth to put Los Angeles in front 2-1.

Both teams scored in the first inning. Albert Pujols drove in Kole Calhoun, who led off the game with a single, with a sacrifice fly against Padres lefty Robbie Erlin.

San Diego answered with a sacrifice fly from Hunter Renfroe that brought home Travis Jankowski.

Felix Pena pitched six solid innings for the Angels, allowing one unearned run on two hits while walking four and striking out seven.

''I think Felix did a great job,'' Scioscia said. ''He kept getting better as the game went on. The only fly in the ointment is four walks, but he stepped up.''

Erlin and Pena traded scoreless innings until the sixth, when Simmons broke through for Los Angeles.

''He pitched great,'' Rivera said of Pena. ''He kept the ball down and elevated when he wanted to elevate. He was keeping the hitters off balance and did a good job today.''

Shohei Ohtani pinch-hit in the ninth and struck out swinging against Yates.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Ohtani threw at full strength in his second bullpen session since injuring his right elbow in June. The two-way rookie star from Japan said his arm felt good and he was able to throw all his pitches. ''I did throw 100 percent effort, but obviously it is going to be different from a game situation,'' Ohtani said through a translator. ''I can't say for sure until I see how my body feels tomorrow.''

ROSTER MOVES

The Angels optioned RHP Odrisamer Despaigne and C Jose Briceno to Triple-A Salt Lake, and designated RHP Akeel Morris for assignment.

UP NEXT

Angels: Open a four-game series in Texas on Thursday. The club had not yet announced a starting pitcher. RHP Ariel Jurado (2-2, 5.66 ERA) will take the mound for the Rangers.

Padres: RHP Jacob Nix (1-0) makes his second start in the majors Thursday against Arizona, looking to follow up a debut in which he threw six scoreless innings. RHP Clay Buchholz (5-2, 2.67) goes for the Diamondbacks.

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  • W: J. Alvarez (5-3)L: K. Yates (4-1)S: B. Parker (12)
  • HR: LAA - R. Rivera (4), SD - C. Spangenberg (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Calhoun RF41100000.221.284.404.6882.0
D. Fletcher 2B41200010.260.309.353.6612.5
J. Upton LF40000013.264.350.476.826-0.5
A. Pujols 1B30110000.251.285.421.7062.0
A. Simmons SS40210001.302.353.421.7743.0
R. Rivera C41211012.276.333.534.8686.5
T. Ward 3B40100014.429.500.5711.0710.5
K. Cowart 3B00000000.156.269.244.5140.0
E. Young CF40100001.227.300.432.7322.0
F. Pena P20000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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J. Alvarez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- S. Ohtani PH10000011.269.350.519.870-0.5
B. Parker P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Pena in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Alvarez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Jankowski CF-RF41100001.260.340.330.6703.0
W. Myers 3B30100121.264.313.495.8075.0
E. Hosmer 1B40100023.255.320.388.7091.0
H. Renfroe LF30010022.243.305.466.7710.0
A. Hedges C40000021.251.307.436.743-1.0
F. Galvis SS30000130.238.297.366.663-0.5
F. Reyes RF30000001.235.278.471.7480.0
M. Margot CF10000000.247.296.375.6720.0
C. Spangenberg 2B11111200.251.300.410.7108.0
R. Erlin P10000001.250.250.250.5000.0
J. Castillo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Pirela PH10000000.253.307.347.6540.0
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Castillo in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Young (4)
  • HR - R. Rivera (4)
  • SF - A. Pujols (2)
  • RBI - A. Pujols (58), A. Simmons (54), R. Rivera (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons, T. Ward 4 (4), S. Ohtani
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Jankowski (9), E. Hosmer (25)
  • HR - C. Spangenberg (7)
  • SF - H. Renfroe (4)
  • SH - R. Erlin
  • RBI - H. Renfroe (40), C. Spangenberg (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Spangenberg (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Myers, H. Renfroe 2 (2), A. Hedges, R. Erlin
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Myers 2 (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Pena-Simmons-Pujols)
  • PB - R. Rivera (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Spangenberg-Hosmer)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Pena6.02104704.351.3518.5
C. Bedrosian (BS, 6)1.01110113.381.411.5
J. Alvarez (W, 5-3)1.01000202.681.2710.0
B. Parker (S, 12)1.00000103.271.1510.5
PITCHERSIP
F. Pena6.0
C. Bedrosian (BS, 6)1.0
J. Alvarez (W, 5-3)1.0
B. Parker (S, 12)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Erlin6.08220203.331.0212.0
J. Castillo1.00000103.320.973.5
C. Stammen1.00000102.851.083.5
K. Yates (L, 4-1)1.02110211.710.95-4.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Erlin6.0
J. Castillo1.0
C. Stammen1.0
K. Yates (L, 4-1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Pena 90-60, C. Bedrosian 14-12, J. Alvarez 17-11, B. Parker 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Pena 4-6, C. Bedrosian 2-0, B. Parker 1-1
  • Batters Faced - F. Pena 23, C. Bedrosian 4, J. Alvarez 4, B. Parker 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Erlin 89-56, J. Castillo 14-9, C. Stammen 7-6, K. Yates 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Erlin 8-7, J. Castillo 2-0, C. Stammen 1-1, K. Yates 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Erlin 25, J. Castillo 3, C. Stammen 3, K. Yates 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Calhoun RF41100000.221.284.404.6882.0
D. Fletcher 2B41200010.260.309.353.6612.5
J. Upton LF40000013.264.350.476.826-0.5
A. Pujols 1B30110000.251.285.421.7062.0
A. Simmons SS40210001.302.353.421.7743.0
R. Rivera C41211012.276.333.534.8686.5
T. Ward 3B40100014.429.500.5711.0710.5
K. Cowart 3B00000000.156.269.244.5140.0
E. Young CF40100001.227.300.432.7322.0
F. Pena P20000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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C. Bedrosian P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Alvarez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- S. Ohtani PH10000011.269.350.519.870-0.5
B. Parker P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Pena in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Alvarez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Jankowski CF-RF41100001.260.340.330.6703.0
W. Myers 3B30100121.264.313.495.8075.0
E. Hosmer 1B40100023.255.320.388.7091.0
H. Renfroe LF30010022.243.305.466.7710.0
A. Hedges C40000021.251.307.436.743-1.0
F. Galvis SS30000130.238.297.366.663-0.5
F. Reyes RF30000001.235.278.471.7480.0
M. Margot CF10000000.247.296.375.6720.0
C. Spangenberg 2B11111200.251.300.410.7108.0
R. Erlin P10000001.250.250.250.5000.0
J. Castillo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Pirela PH10000000.253.307.347.6540.0
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Castillo in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Young (4)
  • HR - R. Rivera (4)
  • SF - A. Pujols (2)
  • RBI - A. Pujols (58), A. Simmons (54), R. Rivera (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons, T. Ward 4 (4), S. Ohtani
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Jankowski (9), E. Hosmer (25)
  • HR - C. Spangenberg (7)
  • SF - H. Renfroe (4)
  • SH - R. Erlin
  • RBI - H. Renfroe (40), C. Spangenberg (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Spangenberg (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Myers, H. Renfroe 2 (2), A. Hedges, R. Erlin
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Myers 2 (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Pena-Simmons-Pujols)
  • PB - R. Rivera (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Spangenberg-Hosmer)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Pena6.02104704.351.3518.5
C. Bedrosian (BS, 6)1.01110113.381.411.5
J. Alvarez (W, 5-3)1.01000202.681.2710.0
B. Parker (S, 12)1.00000103.271.1510.5
Total9.04214111---
PITCHERSIP
F. Pena6.0
C. Bedrosian (BS, 6)1.0
J. Alvarez (W, 5-3)1.0
B. Parker (S, 12)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Erlin6.08220203.331.0212.0
J. Castillo1.00000103.320.973.5
C. Stammen1.00000102.851.083.5
K. Yates (L, 4-1)1.02110211.710.95-4.0
Total9.01033061---
PITCHERSIP
R. Erlin6.0
J. Castillo1.0
C. Stammen1.0
K. Yates (L, 4-1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Pena 90-60, C. Bedrosian 14-12, J. Alvarez 17-11, B. Parker 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Pena 4-6, C. Bedrosian 2-0, B. Parker 1-1
  • Batters Faced - F. Pena 23, C. Bedrosian 4, J. Alvarez 4, B. Parker 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Erlin 89-56, J. Castillo 14-9, C. Stammen 7-6, K. Yates 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Erlin 8-7, J. Castillo 2-0, C. Stammen 1-1, K. Yates 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Erlin 25, J. Castillo 3, C. Stammen 3, K. Yates 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Rivera homered to left center32
  • 7TH INNING
    Spangenberg homered to left center22
  • 6TH INNING
    Simmons singled to left, Fletcher scored, Pujols to second21
  • 1ST INNING
    Renfroe hit sacrifice fly to center, Jankowski scored11
    Pujols hit sacrifice fly to center, Calhoun scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kirby Yates relieved Craig Stammen
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
    • R. Rivera: Rivera homered to left center
    • T. Ward: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
    • E. Young: Ball, Foul, Young doubled to deep left
    • Shohei Ohtani hit for Jose Alvarez
    • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Blake Parker pitching
    • Kaleb Cowart at third base
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Hedges grounded out to third
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis struck out looking
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Margot popped out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Craig Stammen pitching
    • Manuel Margot in center field
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Fletcher struck out on foul tip
    • J. Upton: Ball, Upton fouled out to third
    • A. Pujols: Strike swinging, Pujols grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jose Alvarez relieved Cam Bedrosian
    • T. Jankowski: Ball, Strike looking, Jankowski lined out to left
    • W. Myers: Myers reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Myers stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jose Castillo relieved Robbie Erlin
    • E. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Young grounded out to first
    • Jefry Marte hit for Felix Pena
    • J. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Cam Bedrosian pitching
    • F. Galvis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Galvis struck out looking
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike looking, Spangenberg homered to left center
    • Jose Pirela hit for Jose Castillo
    • J. Pirela: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pirela grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fletcher reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Upton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Upton flied out to right
    • A. Pujols: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pujols singled to center, Fletcher to third
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons singled to left, Fletcher scored, Pujols to second
    • R. Rivera: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • T. Ward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ward popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Hosmer grounded out to first
    • H. Renfroe: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe struck out looking
    • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • E. Young: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Young grounded out to second
    • F. Pena: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pena grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Spangenberg walked
    • R. Erlin: Strike looking, Foul, Erlin hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Spangenberg to second
    • T. Jankowski: Foul, Strike looking, Jankowski grounded out to third
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Myers struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • J. Upton: Strike (foul tip), Upton grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Simmons singled to center
    • R. Rivera: Ball, Rivera singled to right, Simmons to third
    • T. Ward: Strike looking, Ball, Ward flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • A. Hedges: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Galvis walked
    • F. Reyes: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Reyes grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Galvis out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • F. Pena: Pena grounded out to first
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun popped out to third
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Ball, Foul, Jankowski lined out to shortstop
    • W. Myers: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Myers struck out looking
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer doubled to deep center
    • H. Renfroe: Foul, Renfroe flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • R. Rivera: Rivera flied out to center
    • T. Ward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ward singled to center
    • E. Young: Young grounded into double play second to first, Ward out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Reyes flied out to shallow right
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Spangenberg walked
    • R. Erlin: Erlin popped out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Erlin Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Calhoun singled to center
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Fletcher singled to right, Calhoun to third
    • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols hit sacrifice fly to center, Calhoun scored
    • A. Simmons: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Simmons flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Ball, Jankowski doubled to shallow left
    • W. Myers: Ball, Strike swinging, Jankowski to third on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Myers walked
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe hit sacrifice fly to center, Jankowski scored
    • A. Hedges: Foul, Myers stole second, Foul, Hedges flied out to shallow center
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)