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Angels erase 7-run deficit, but still lost slugfest to Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Angels Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

It’s hard to describe exactly what happened on Tuesday night in Anaheim, other than probably the wildest Angels game of the year. The result, like the majority of this season, was similar, falling 9-8 to the Diamondbacks.

But how they got there was a journey.

Julio Teheran was terrible, allowing three home runs and four runs in two innings, then Hoby Milner allowed a three-run home run in the third inning to Kole Calhoun, the second dinger of the night for the former Angels outfielder.

Arizona led 7-0 and 8-1 in this game, but the Angels somehow tied it. That is rather amazing by itself, but that they tied the game with all eight runs coming against starter Madison Bumgarner was — wait for it — WILD.

Here are the seasonal numbers for both starting pitchers in this game:

  • Teheran: 8.90 ERA in 29⅓ innings, 10 home runs allowed
  • Bumgarner: 8.53 ERA in 31⅔ innings, 13 home runs allowed

Jared Walsh continued his September to remember with two doubles and a home run. Walsh this month is hitting .415/.422/1.000 with six home runs and 16 RBI in 11 games.

Walsh’s homer was one of two hit by the Angels on Tuesday, but the Diamondbacks hit five, including the game-winner by David Peralta off Matt Andriese in the eighth inning.

The Angels are now 4½ games behind Houston for a playoff spot, with only 11 games left to play. The Halos’ elimination number is eight.

Tuesday particulars

Home runs: Jared Walsh (6), Justin Upton (6); Kole Calhoun 2 (11), Daulton Varsho (3), Carson Kelly (4), David Peralta (4)

WP — Keury Mella (1-0): 3 up, 3 down

LP — Matt Andriese (2-3): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 strikeout

Sv — Stefan Crichton (2): 3 up, 3 down

Up next

Dylan Bundy starts on Wednesday (6:40 p.m.; Fox Sports West, ESPN), facing off against left-hander Caleb Smith for Arizona.