Mujica hits sour note in Cards' 6-5 loss to Angels

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2013 at 12:46 am •  Published: July 5, 2013
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Scott Downs (2-2) got the victory with scoreless ninth.

Angels starter Joe Blanton gave up five runs — four earned — and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander remained 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in his nine starts at Angel Stadium.

Blanton averaged 13 pitches through the first three innings while retiring nine of his first 10 batters. But just three batters into the fourth, the Cardinals pulled ahead 3-2 on a single by Carlos Beltran, a walk to Matt Holliday and Allen Craig's homer to dead center field on a 1-1 pitch. Craig leads the majors with a .469 average with runners in scoring position.

It was the seventh straight start in which Blanton gave up a home run. He had a career-worst 11-game stretch last season with Philadelphia in which he surrendered 19.

The Angels tied the score 3-all in the bottom of the third with Trumbo's 19th homer. But the Cardinals got the run back in the fourth on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly, then made it 5-3 in the sixth with a two-out RBI single by Daniel Descalso that chased Blanton — who has given up a major league-worst 135 hits.

The Angels opened the scoring in the third with a two-out, two-run single by Mike Trout, after Wainwright gave up singles to Alberto Callaspo and Aybar, and J.B. Shuck advanced them with a sacrifice bunt.

NOTES: St. Louis' Jon Jay played his 227th consecutive game in center field without an error, breaking Curt Flood's franchise record for any outfield position. ... Holliday was back in the Cardinals' lineup as the designated hitter, going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk after missing two games because of a pinched nerve in his neck. ... Blanton is 1-12 with seven no-decisions in the last 20 games in which he's allowed a homer. The only victory was last Saturday at Houston, when he beat the Astros 7-2 despite Brett Wallace's two-run shot. ... RHP Lance Lynn's next start for the Cardinals will be Sunday at home against the Miami Marlins. He has two chances left to become the sixth pitcher in Cardinals history to post at least 11 wins before the All-Star break in consecutive seasons, and the first since Joaquin Andujar (1984-85). The others were Dizzy Dean, Bob Gibson, Mort Cooper and Gerry Staley.

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