Trumbo's bad-hop RBI single in 10th lifts Angels to 6-5 win over Marlins
Mark Trumbo's bad-hop single over shortstop Hanley Ramirez's head scored Bobby Abreu from second with two outs in the top of the 10th inning Wednesday night, and reliever Michael Kohn retired the side in order in the bottom of the 10th, as the Angels held on for a 6-5 victory over the Florida Marlins in Sun Life Stadium.
The Angels completed the first three legs of their "Four Corners" trip to Seattle, New York and Florida with a 6-3 record, winning two of three games against the Mariners, Mets and Marlins. They return to Southern California to start a three-game series in Dodger Stadium Friday night.
The Angels snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-out rally in the eighth, as Trumbo doubled to left and Hank Conger hit a run-scoring single to left-center to make it 5-4.
But the Marlins rallied in the bottom of the eighth, which Mike Stanton opened with a triple off reliever Scott Downs. John Buck grounded out to the pitcher and Omar Infante walked.
Walden, whose string of 10 consecutive saves was snapped, escaped the jam by getting Emilio Bonifacio to ground into a double play.
Angels right fielder Torii Hunter was knocked out of the game in the bottom of the fifth after crashing into the wall while making a superb leaping catch of Gaby Sanchez’s drive.
Hunter, whose left shoulder bore the brunt of the collision, remained on the warning track for about four minutes, writhing in pain as his teammates, Scioscia and the club’s medical staff came out to tend to him.
Hunter walked off the field under his own power and was later diagnosed with a left posterior rib bruise. X-rays were negative, ruling out a fracture.
Scioscia canceled batting practice before Wednesday night’s game, in part because of the sweltering heat but also to give the Angels a “mental break” after they went one for 15 with runners in scoring position in Tuesday night’s loss.
The Angels looked fresh in the third, when Maicer Izturis led off with a homer to right, Erick Aybar doubled to left, Hunter hit an RBI double to right, and green-lighted Abreu crushed a two-run homer to right, his first hit on a 3-and-0 pitch since 1999, to give the Angels a 4-1 lead.
The last time the Angels had four extra-base hits to open an inning was on May 11, 1977, in the second inning against the Orioles, when Bobby Bonds, Don Baylor and Ron Jackson homered and Bobby Grich doubled.
Vernon Wells popped to second for the first out, but Howie Kendrick tripled to right-center, giving the Angels five extra-base hits in an inning for the first time since June 15, 2009, against the San Francisco Giants.
But Kendrick was stranded when Trumbo popped to first, Conger was intentionally walked and pitcher Joel Pineiro struck out, and the Angels managed only one hit over the next four innings until Trumbo’s two-out double in the eighth.
The Marlins bunched four singles off Pineiro in the fourth to pull within 4-3, Infante and Bonifacio driving in runs, and Ramirez’s two-out RBI single to center off Angels reliever Trevor Bell tied the game, 4-4, in the seventh.
-- Mike DiGiovanna in Miami
Photo: Mark Trumbo hits a single to score Bobby Abreu for the winning run during the 10th inning against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday. Credit: Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press