The Los Angeles Angels are finding new ways to lose. After several limp outings at the plate, the Halos swung the bat well Friday but lost 8-7 in 13 innings to the Toronto Blue Jays in Anaheim.
In a back-and-fourth game that took over five hours, the Angels blew a 4-2 lead and fell just short in a last inning rally. Their record is now 7-11 and they’ve fallen into a tie with the Seattle Mariners for last place in the American League West.
In the top of the 13th, the Blue Jays (4-12) got a three-run home run by Jose Bautista to put the visitors ahead 8-5. The Angels rallied with a pair of runs. Two Blue Jay errors and a walk loaded the bases, and the Angels scored on a single by Kole Calhoun and when Mike Trout was hit by a pitch. But that was all the home team could muster.
“We put together a good inning in the 13th, obviously loading the bases, we just couldn’t get that hit,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “But we had lost this game in a lot of ways earlier. We not only had some opportunities on the offensive side, but we cracked the door for them on the defensive side, and that hurt us more than anything.”
Overall the Angels had 11 hits, including a home run by Trout – his fifth of the season – and three RBI hits by Albert Pujols. Starting pitcher Alex Meyer had a rough outing, working just 3.2 innings and giving up two runs and two hits. He walked four and struck out three.
The Angels on Saturday will send Tyler Skaggs (0-1) to the mound against the Jays.