Angels bang out 13 hits but have little to show for it in 5-2 loss to Marlins
Right-hander Javier Vazquez allowed 10 hits but held the Angels scoreless in 5 1/3 innings, as the Marlins snapped an 11-game losing streak and won for only the third time in 23 games.
The Angels have scored three runs or less 12 times in the last 18 games. They avoided a shutout in the ninth inning when Erick Aybar walked, took second on defensive indifference and scored on Torii Hunter's single to center, his fourth hit of the game.
Hunter took second on defensive indifference and scored when Bobby Abreu's grounder went through the legs of third baseman Greg Dobbs for an error.
Angels right-hander Ervin Santana (3-8) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings but suffered his fourth straight loss. The Angels have scored a total of seven runs in Santana’s last four starts, three while he was in the game.
Singles by Dobbs and Mike Stanton, a walk to John Buck and Omar Infante’s sacrifice fly to right gave Florida a 2-0 lead in the second.
The Marlins tacked on a run against reliever Rich Thompson in the sixth when Hanley Ramirez reached on a one-out infield single and stole second, Dobbs walked and Stanton doubled to the gap in right-center to make it 3-0.
Florida bunched four hits, including RBI singles by Stanton and Infante, to score two insurance runs in the eighth for a 5-0 lead.
-- Mike DiGiovanna in Miami
Photo: Ervin Santana allowed two runs and five hits in five innings but suffered his fourth straight loss Tuesday against the Marlins. Credit: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images