Angels regroup to beat Braves 11-6 in 13 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — 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.

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