The Angels had only two outs to spare. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, the Angels trailed the Giants, 6-5. On a 2-2 pitch, David Fletcher singled to put the tying run on first and bring the game-winning run to the plate. Tommy La Stella stepped up, and quickly fell behind in the count.
On the fourth pitch of the at bat, he connected on an 82-mph curveball and hit a game-winning two run homer to give the Angels the 7-6 victory.
The Giants got out front first as Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer in the first inning. After putting a run on the board in the bottom of the third, Mike Trout hit a solo homer to tie the game at two. That was homer No. 295 for Trout, who is now only five homers away from reaching 300.
The Giants reclaimed the lead in the top half of the fifth, but it was short-lived. However, it was enough to chase Griffin Canning out of the game. He went 4 2⁄3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He finished with two strikeouts, but didn’t issue a single walk.
Fletcher and La Stella each reached base. With two outs, Anthony Rendon doubled to tie things up at three a piece. Albert Pujols followed, bringing in two runs with a double of his own.
The lead exchanging continued, as the Giants retook the lead in the top of the sixth. Three consecutive hitters reached base, and a sacrifice fly cut their deficit to only one. Mike Yastrzemski (spell that without looking) then doubled with two outs, putting the Giants ahead, 6-5.
The Angels had a chance in the bottom of the sixth, as they had runners on first and second with one out. They advanced the runners over, putting the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second with two outs. La Stella couldn’t deliver, as he fly out to end the inning.
Rendon reached in the seventh on a single, but Pujols grounded into an inning-ending double play right after.
Both teams were scoreless until the bottom of the ninth, when La Stella walked things off.
WP: Ty Buttrey (1-0) 1 IP, 0 ER
LP: Trevor Gott (1-2) 1⁄3 IP, 2 ER
Home runs: Mike Trout (10), Tommy La Stella (2) Brandon Belt (3)
AL Cy-Young front-runner (no, seriously) Dylan Bundy takes the mound for the Angels tomorrow night. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. PT on Fox Sports West.