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Angels Win on Erick Aybar Walkoff Single

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Bad leather costs Joe Blanton but a come back LIGHTS THAT BABY UP!

Walk Off Walk Away!
Walk Off Walk Away!
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Final Score in Anaheim: Angels 6 Cardinals 5

The Angels won their eighth of nine games on a walk off single by Erick Aybar. Down 5-3, Albert Pujols led off the ninth with a base hit, his first in three games against the Cardinals. That was enough for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. He removed starter Adam Wainwright and brought in closer Edward Mujica. Josh Hamilton promptly tied the game with a two-run home run to jolt the Angel Stadium crowd. Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo followed with singles and with 1B and 3B and nobody out, the game seemed to be all in the hands of the Angels.

But two lousy ABs by Alberto Callaspo and Hank Conger advanced nothing and suddenly it seemed that extra innings were imminent. Erick Aybar slapped a single to LF and the Angels took the interleague series two games to one on the Fourth of July!

On a night that Adam Wainwright uncharacteristically gave up three runs, the Angels got a great start from Joe Blanton but sloppy defense from his usually solid teammates let him down. Hamilton misplayed a flyball to the warning track into a leadoff double, Alberto Callaspo swooshed a fair bunt foul in a little league error and Mark Trumbo opened floodgates with a terrible fielding of an infield squibber that Howie had a bead on.

Earlier in the game Mike Trout got the scoring going with a two-run single in the second inning and Trumbo hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth to tie a then 3-2 game. Every run ended up being needed and every Angel save for Conger had at least one hit.

Relievers Michael Kohn, Kevin Jepsen and Scott Downs pitched 3.1 scoreless innings with Downs getting the W.