Angels 7, Arizona 1
KEY MOMENT: The Angels took a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning but broke open the game with a five-run, four-hit rally. Johnny Giavotella led off with a single. Kole Calhoun struck out, and Mike Trout hit a run-scoring triple to right-center field, his first triple since last Sept. 20, a span of 74 games. Albert Pujols was intentionally walked, and David Freese walked to load the bases. Efren Navarro hit a two-run single to right, and Carlos Perez followed with a two-run double to left for a 7-1 lead.
AT THE PLATE: The Angels had only eight hits but went two for five with runners in scoring position. That doesn’t seem like much until you consider they were two for 23 with runners in scoring position in the previous five games. They also won a game in which Calhoun, Trout and Pujols didn’t carry them. “The encouraging thing today is we got production independent of Kole, Mike and Albert,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “That’s critical. We pressured those guys in a lot of innings, and that’s what we have to evolve to.”
ON THE MOUND: Angels starter C.J. Wilson, who has given up one earned run in 15 innings of his last two starts, induced double-play grounders to end the third and fourth innings. He was nicked for a run in the fifth on back-to-back, two-out doubles by David Peralta and Nick Ahmed but blanked the Diamondbacks over his next three innings. The left-hander also struck out Paul Goldschmidt, who is batting .357 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs, three times and ended the first baseman’s 27-game on-base streak. “He did a great job in a tough park to pitch against tough hitters,” Scioscia said. “He got under swings well and got the ball over the plate with good life.”
EXTRA BASES: Shortstop Erick Aybar, mired in a one-for-27 slump, was given Thursday off. “I think he’s putting a little pressure on himself because some hits aren’t falling in,” Scioscia said. “I think he still suits our lineup in front of Kole trying to set the table, but right now, he needs a little bit of a blow.” … Reliever Cory Rasmus, who had left-abdominal surgery in March, is scheduled to begin a minor league rehabilitation stint with triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Matt Shoemaker (4-5, 4.85 ERA) will oppose Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray (8-3, 1.60) at Oakland Coliseum on Friday at 6:30 p.m. TV: FS West; Radio: 830.
ALBERT PUJOLS scores a run ahead of the tag by Arizona’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the sixth inning, when the Angels broke the game open with a five-run, four-hit outburst.