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Two-way play of Peter Bourjos leads Angels to 4-3 win over Mets

June 17, 2011 |  7:49 pm


Peter Bourjos knocked in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the top of the sixth inning and made a spectacular leaping catch before crashing into the wall in left-center field in the bottom of the sixth to lead the Angels to a 4-3 interleague victory over the New York Mets on Friday night in Citi Field.

Torii Hunter, who had two hits in 23 at-bats in his previous six games, had three hits and an RBI, and Maicer Izturis and Howie Kendrick each doubled, singled and scored twice, as the Angels improved to 52-24 in interleague play since 2007, the best mark in the major leagues during that span.

Closer Jordan Walden survived a rocky ninth for his 16th save. Jose Reyes walked to open the inning and stole second. Justin Turner walked to put two on with no outs. But Walden, whose fastball hits 100 mph, struck out Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy with sliders in the dirt and got Angel Pagan to swing through a slow slider for the third out.

Joel Pineiro survived a vicious Beltran line drive off his right leg in the third inning to notch his 100th career victory in his seventh attempt at the milestone. The right-hander allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked three for his first win since May 10.

The Angels snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-out rally in the sixth. Kendrick singled to left, Mark Trumbo reached on an infield single, a slow roller to short, and Bourjos doubled down the left-field line to score Kendrick. Izturis doubled to lead off the seventh and scored on Hunter's one-out single to right for a 4-2 lead.

The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the second when Kendrick doubled and scored on an error, and went ahead 2-1 in the third when Izturis, Hunter and Vernon Wells singled.

Reliever Scott Downs gave up a run in the eighth on Jason Bay's single and Ronny Paulino's double, snapping the Angels left-hander's string of 27 consecutive scoreless interleague appearances, a span covering 30 1/3 innings.


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--Mike DiGiovanna in New York

Photo: Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos crashes into the wall after making a catch on a deep drive by the Mets' Ronny Paulino in the sixth inning Friday night in New York. Credit: Mike Stobe / Getty Images