MLB Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Atlanta|
(Sunday, June 15)
Final Score: Atlanta 7, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tommy La Stella hit a two-run double to cap
a four-run sixth inning that sent the Atlanta Braves past the LA Angels of
Anaheim, 7-3, in the rubber match of three-game interleague set.
Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Jason Heyward
added a solo homer for the Braves, losers in three of four coming in.
Anthony Varvaro (2-1) hurled two perfect innings of relief to earn the victory
behind Mike Minor, who was touched for three runs on 11 hits over five frames.
"He battled," Braves third baseman Chris Johnson said of Minor. "Sometimes
you're not going to have your good stuff. He battled and he gave us as much as
Mike Trout and Erick Aybar both hit solo homers for the Angels, who have
dropped three of their last four.
Hector Santiago (0-7) remained winless on the year despite holding the Braves
off the board over the first five frames.
The sixth proved costly, however, as he was pulled with one out and wound up
being charged with four runs.
"It seemed like the better pitches I made, the luckier they got," Santiago
said. "I felt like I made some really, really good pitches out there, it just
went their way."
After B.J. Upton worked a one-out walk with Atlanta trailing 3-0, the Braves
strung together five consecutive hits. Gattis and Justin Upton each singled in
a run, and with the bases loaded, La Stella found the gap in right against
Kevin Jepsen to bring in the tying and go-ahead runs.
Johnson was thrown out at home on the play, but the Braves added insurance in
the seventh, first when Heyward went deep and then when a Cam Bedrosian wild
pitch allowed B.J. Upton to score.
Ryan Doumit's sacrifice fly in the eighth capped the scoring, and with two on
in the ninth, Craig Kimbrel was called in from the bullpen to record the final
two outs en route to his 20th save.
Aybar opened the second frame with a no-doubter into the left-field seats.
Trout did the same in the third, and the Angels got another run in the frame
when Howie Kendrick singled home Albert Pujols.
La Stella recorded three of Atlanta's 12 hits ... Aybar left the game with a
sore left hip ... Atlanta improved to 2-7 in interleague play this season ...
Gattis extended his hitting streak to 15 games, while Trout has a hit in 10
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