ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Although Nathan Eovaldi feels good when he takes the mound, he can't stop making mistakes with high strikes and bad counts.
Against an opponent with the best record in baseball, Eovaldi's errors spelled doom for the Miami Marlins.
Mike Trout had an RBI double and Albert Pujols added a two-run single during Los Angeles' five-run fourth inning, and the Angels regained sole possession of the AL West lead with an 8-2 victory Tuesday night.
Eovaldi (6-9) gave up 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings while dropping his third straight start for the Marlins, who have lost four of six.
"My arm feels great," Eovaldi said. "It's probably the best I've felt in my career. No issues. It's extremely discouraging and real frustrating. I'm just going through a rough little rut right now, so I have to keep grinding and work through it."
The hard-throwing right-hander isn't sure how to get his career out of this jam, although manager Mike Redmond has a few ideas about keeping the ball down and maintaining composure.
"It's definitely a concern," Redmond said. "I mean, three innings. That makes it tough to win a game in crunch time, where every start is big and every one of these games is big. It's a missed opportunity for us. We've got to have guys step up and log those innings. It puts a tough toll on our bullpen when we've got to eat up six innings."
Bouncing back solidly from Miami's blowout win in the series opener, the Angels chased Eovaldi after their first six batters reached base in the fourth. Pujols then delivered a 6-0 lead on reliever Sam Dyson's first pitch.
Miami didn't get a runner to second base until Garrett Jones' two-out, two-strike double in the ninth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's ensuing RBI double allowed the Marlins to avoid their first shutout loss since June 21.
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