Braves fight back but fall to Angels 11-6 in 13th

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 15, 2014 at 12:16 am •  Published: June 15, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — B.J. Upton's two-run triple helped rally the Braves from a four-run deficit in the ninth.

In a game packed with momentum shifts, Upton could only remember his error from the inning before.

The Braves rallied in the ninth and 10th innings before the Los Angeles Angels scored five runs in the 13th to beat Atlanta 11-6 Saturday night.

Kole Calhoun's bases-loaded single in the 13th inning drove in the go-ahead run. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each added two-run hits to cap their respective big nights and put the game away.

Upton's two-base fielding error on Erick Aybar's single in the eighth set up an unearned run off Jordan Walden. Without that run, the Braves' four-run ninth could have ended the game.

"If I don't make that error maybe we win the game. It's on me," Upton said.

Evan Gattis homered for Atlanta.

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. Freddie Freeman's double drove in the tying run.

The Braves also recovered from a 6-5 deficit in the 10th.

"It's about fighting," Upton said. "It's not over until we make the last out. We fought hard and we just came up a little short."

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

"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."

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 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.

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