An­gels 4, Texas 1

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - —Gary Klein


Des­ig­nated hit­ter C.J. Cron came to the plate with the bases loaded and the score tied, 1-1, with two out in the sixth in­ning. Cron lined a pitch from re­liever Ro­man Men­dez up the mid­dle, and cen­ter fielder Leonys Martin dived but could not make the catch. Two runs scored on the play, putting the An­gels ahead, 3-1.


Out­fielder Kole Cal­houn had three of the An­gels’ eight hits. In­fielder Grant Green, re­called from triple A on Fri­day, had two. Al­bert Pu­jols, who hit the ball hard Fri­day night but came up empty, de­liv­ered a bases-loaded sin­gle against Men­dez in the sixth in­ning that helped set the stage for Cron. Pu­jols also drew a bases-loaded walk in the sev­enth.


C.J. Wil­son, who was pushed back in the ro­ta­tion be­cause of el­bow stiff­ness af­ter his pre­vi­ous start, gave up one run and seven hits in 52⁄3 innings. He struck out four and walked three. He threw 103 pitches, 58 for strikes. In the sixth in­ning, Wil­son walked Mitch More­land, gave up a sin­gle to Elvis An­drus and then walked Shin-Soo Choo to load the bases. Wil­son got Adam Ros­ales to pop out to short­stop Erick Ay­bar and then was re­placed by Vin­nie Pes­tano, who got Robin­son Chiri­nos to ground out to Ay­bar. Pu­jols saved a run by scoop­ing the ball on Ay­bar’s low throw to first base.


Green started at sec­ond base, and one of his hits started the An­gels’ sixth-in­ning rally. Green was bat­ting .328 at triple-A Salt Lake. Green, who can play mul­ti­ple po­si­tions, said he was ready for what­ever role is re­quired. “I’ve al­ways said, as long as I have an An­gels uni­form on, that’s all that re­ally mat­ters and go from there,” he said.


Be­fore the game, the An­gels hon­ored Don Baylor, Vladimir Guer­rero and Mike Trout, all win­ners of the Amer­i­can League most valu­able player award. Baylor won in 1979, Guer­rero in 2004 and Trout last sea­son.


Third-base prospect Kyle Ku­b­itza, who was ac­quired from At­lanta for pitcher Ri­cardo Sanchez in Jan­uary and is seen as a prob­a­ble re­place­ment for David Freese in 2016, is off to a hot start at Salt Lake. He bat­ted .394 with a .429 on-base per­cent­age and .621 slug­ging per­cent­age in his first 16 games. The left-handed-hit­ting Ku­b­itza had 11 dou­bles, two triples, six runs bat­ted in, 19 strike­outs and four walks in 70 at-bats.


Left-han­der Hec­tor San­ti­ago (2-1, 2.45 ERA) will pitch against Nick Martinez (2-0, 0.45) in a 12:30 p.m. se­ries fi­nale at An­gel Sta­dium. TV: Fox Sports West; Ra­dio: 830, 1330.

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