Angels Fall To Braves In 12 Innings, 5-4

Proctor picked up his first win since September 18, 2008 when he pitched for the Dodgers

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Angels Fall To Braves In 12 Innings, 5-4

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Joe Mather went 4-for-6 with a three-run homer and drove in the game-winning run in the 12th inning, carrying the Braves over the Angels, 5-4, in the middle test of a three-game interleague series.

Alex Gonzalez singled off Trevor Bell (1-1) with two outs in the 12th and went to second on Alexi Amarista's error. Gonzalez scored without a play at the plate when Mather placed a double down the right-field line, and Craig Kimbrel shook off a leadoff walk in the bottom half to post his 12th save of the year.

The win, which snapped Atlanta's three-game slide, was credited to Scott Proctor (1-0) for his perfect 11th inning in relief.

Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer for the Angels, who had snapped a five-game losing streak with a 9-0 win in the series opener.

Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson gave up a season-high four runs on five hits and four walks in six innings, but was taken off the hook when Atlanta finally solved Joel Pineiro in the seventh.

Freddie Freeman and Alex Gonzalez each singled to open the inning, and Mather followed by taking Pineiro deep into the bullpen beyond the left-field wall, ending the Braves' 15-inning scoreless streak in the series.

"The only slider I hung was the home run. It seemed like all the pitches I left up were in that one inning, and they made me pay for it," said Pineiro, whose final line ended with 11 hits allowed, two strikeouts and no walks.

Martin Prado chased the Angels starter from the game with a one-out ground- rule double, and Hisanori Takahashi gave up the tying hit, a one-hopper to the wall in left-center off the bat of Brian McCann.

Atlanta's bullpen took over from there, allowing just three walks in six hitless frames.

"For us to pull this one out is big. We got big hits and our bullpen kept us in it," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Abreu found the first row of seats beyond the low porch in right for a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Erick Aybar was hit by a pitch prior to the blast.

Torii Hunter singled in Maicer Izturis and Abreu in the fifth to give the Angels a 4-0 lead.

Game Notes

Hanson struck out seven...Mather's home run was his first since September 1, 2008, which coincidentally came against Pineiro...Proctor picked up his first win since September 18, 2008 when he pitched for the Dodgers...The Braves had 12 more hits in the game (17-5).

For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Angels Vs. Braves Starting Lineups: Howie Kendrick Sits Again

The Angels look for their second straight win over the Braves on Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Joel Pineiro starts for the Angels, against Tommy Hanson for Atlanta. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Braves (25-22)

McLouth CF
Prado 3B
Chipper DH
McCann C
Hinske LF
Uggla 2B
Freeman 1B
Gonzalez SS
Mather RF

Angels (23-23)

Izturis DH
Aybar SS
Abreu LF
Hunter RF
Callaspo 3B
Conger C
Trumbo 1B
Amarista 2B
Bourjos CF

Howie Kendrick is out of the lineup again tonight. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times tweeted the details:

#Angels LF Howie Kendrick not in lineup for second straight game. His right hamstring tightened up in 9th inn Thursday afternoon in Seattle.

The Angels are 50-23 against the National League since the start of the 2007 season, which is the best interleague mark in baseball during that span.

Tonight's 7:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Interleague Play, Angels Vs. Braves: Joel Pineiro Looks For Second Straight Win Over Atlanta

The Angels look for their second win in as many nights on Saturday as they host the Atlanta Braves in Anaheim, in the second game of a three-game series. Joel Pineiro gets the start for the Angels, making his fifth start of the season. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA so far this season.

Tommy Hanson gets the start for the Braves, who have lost three straight. Hanson is 5-3 with a 2.35 ERA in nine starts this season. The Angels beat Atlanta in the opener Friday night 9-0, behind a four-hit shutout by Ervin Santana. Mark Trumbo had three hits and a home run, and both Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo drove in three runs Friday night.

At 50-23, the Angels have the best interleague record in baseball since the start of the 2007 season. The Angels are 10-10 this season at home. The Braves are 11-12 on the road this year. Beginning play tonight, the Angels are a half-game behind Texas for first place in the American League West.

Tonight's 7:05 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more news and information on the Angels, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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