ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pitching in a familiar stadium near his year-round home, Jerome Williams got off to a solid start with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Those good feelings evaporated right after he left the mound and his bullpen got pounded by the Los Angeles Angels.
Kole Calhoun homered and had an RBI single during a seven-run sixth inning, and the Angels' struggling offense rebounded for a 7-2 victory Tuesday night.
Williams pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning of his debut, showing his customary resilience in his first start for his seventh major league team. Philadelphia picked him up off waivers Sunday from Texas, but he spent the past three seasons with the Angels, revitalizing his major league career.
"I don't think that it's like an audition or anything like that," said Williams, who lives in nearby Mission Viejo. "All I'm thinking about is going out there and performing, and whatever the team wants me to do, I'll do."
Byrd and Ryan Howard drove in early runs for the last-place Phillies, who blew a two-run lead while falling to 4-9 in interleague play.
David Freese had a two-run double during the lengthy sixth-inning rally, which propelled Los Angeles to just its second win in seven games. Calhoun bookended the rally with two of his three hits for the Angels, who had scored just nine runs in the previous 61 innings for a club that led the majors in scoring at the All-Star break.
"It's nice to bust out like that, and it hopefully gets us rolling," said Calhoun, who has four straight multihit games. "This is a talented offense up and down. It's going to turn around."
Calhoun sneaked his first homer since July 20 inside the right-field pole leading off the sixth, and Howie Kendrick drove home Albert Pujols with a tying single off Antonio Bastardo (5-6).
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