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Runner hit by batted ball to end Angels' 5-4 loss to Giants

Runner hit by batted ball to end Angels' 5-4 loss to Giants


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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Joyce might have tied the score for the Angels with a hard grounder through the right side of the infield in the top of the ninth inning. Instead, it ended the game.

"It's weird how this game works," Joyce said. "It seems like no matter what you do, things aren't going to go your way."

Joyce drilled a single that hit pinch-runner Taylor Featherston between first and second moments after Los Angeles scored its second run of the inning to pull within a run of the San Francisco Giants, who walked off the field 5-4 winners Saturday.

"We got some good action going and that's how the game ends," Featherston said. "It's one of those freak things. He hit it on the screws. I did my best to get out of the way but I just couldn't."

Second baseman Joe Panik was moving to make a play on the ball and both managers agreed he had a chance to make the play.

"I guess we'll never know," Featherston said.

Albert Pujols and Mike Trout homered in the same game for the 20th time with the Angels, who have lost four of six.

"It's my job to be out there as much as possible but you don't want to do something stupid," said Pujols, who missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury. "I felt like I was ready to play today and I hope tomorrow is better."

Tim Hudson walked pinch hitter Colin Cowgill to open the ninth and was replaced by Sergio Romo, who got two outs, including a strikeout of Pujols with two runners on. Jeremy Affeldt gave up an RBI single to Kole Calhoun, and Santiago Casilla allowed an RBI single to David Freese.

Casilla then got the last out when Joyce's grounder hit Featherston.

"Did I think it was going through? I don't know with the shift the way it was," Joyce said. "It's tough to hit a ball past that shift. It was a fastball inside and I put a good swing on it. I think it would have had been close. The game is ruthless sometimes. It doesn't necessarily care how you're doing or what your numbers are. I'd much rather have an error and win the game."

According to Elias, the last time a game ended with a ball hitting a runner was the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Oakland Athletics on June 27, 2010.

Hector Santiago (2-2) allowed four runs on nine hits in his five innings of work.

"Hector was erratic and missed some spots," LA manager Mike Scioscia said. "He spotted those guys some runs and we couldn't get right back in it."

Crawford's homer was just the second Santiago has allowed to a left-hander since joining the Angels, a span of 188 at bats. Texas' Shin-Soo Choo connected against Santiago exactly a year ago.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Pujols (left hamstring tightness) passed his Friday audition and was in the starting lineup.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (0-3, 5.83) starts Sunday's series finale. He is winless in his first five starts for the first time in his career. Weaver is 16-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 29 career interleague games.

Giants: RHP Tim Lincecum (1-2, 3.27) starts against the Angels for the second time in his career, and the first in six years. He's had pretty good success against Pujols, who has yet to homer or drive in a run against him in 18 career at bats. C Chris Iannetta, who played for the Colorado Rockies, is a .400 hitter (6 for 15) with a home run and eight walks against Lincecum.

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