Giants fall short in Anaheim thanks to big Angels bats

  • Giants fall short in Anaheim thanks to big Angels bats

Giants fall short in Anaheim thanks to big Angels bats

It is worth noting that Los Angeles is an awesome 9-1 on the road this year compared to 4-7 at home. Adds video link. With AP Photos.

Los Angels Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards dominated the San Francisco Giants in a 4-3 Angels win on Saturday. A stretch like that can't last forever, but Barria is still a relative unknown and I expect San Francisco to get Cueto some run support, so I'll take San Francisco to steal the finale on Sunday behind a gem from Cueto.

The Angels had lost four straight this week - including a sweep against the Red Sox - and the Giants (8-12) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after Belt's home run.

In all, the left-handed Belt peppered the crowd with 16 foul balls his first time up.

"Shohei is swinging the bat very well", Scioscia said. Barria had thrown nine pitches to Joe Panik, who hit a leadoff single, before throwing 21 to Belt. Cueto took a no-hitter into the sixth and struck out seven. Cueto also struck out Mike Trout twice.

Though Holland only surrendered five hits in six innings of work, he served up three home run balls and the Giants' offense couldn't preempt the Angel Stadium Saturday night fireworks show with its own version. The opposite-field shot to right-center came off Cory Gearrin.

Los Angeles had runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth before Hunter Strickland got Kinsler to fly out for his third save in five chances.

Kinsler led off the sixth with a single for the Angels' first hit. He later grounded out to finish one-for-four. Cueto excitedly pumped his right fist after taking the throw from shortstop Brandon Crawford.

The Angels tied a franchise record by giving up eight runs or more in four consecutive games for the first time since August 2015. He finished 1 for 4.

Barria threw 49 pitches in the first inning.

He then advanced to second on a wild pitch that sailed over Rivera's head, and by the time Richards found a happy medium, Belt was ready to do damage.

Barria was chased after loading the bases with no outs in the third. The bullpen had to pitch 4.2 innings and did so only allowing one run, unfortunately the offense never could get much going other than a CHris Young solo homer.

Trout talked more about the home run he missed. He got only six outs on 77 pitches.

Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons suffered a bruised right forearm when he was hit by a pitch by Cueto in the second.

However Richards despite a 2-0 record and a respectable 3.60 ERA has had his struggles as well with going deep into games. He launched his 618th career home run into the right center field seats to put the Angels ahead for good in a 4-3 win.