The Los Angeles Angels were able to even up their record on Monday in C.J. Wilson's debut with the Halos. Wilson had a fantastic start, going seven innings and giving up just one run on three hits and four walks, while striking out five, as the Angels picked up the 5-1 victory.
The Angels got things started right away in the first inning. Albert Pujols reached on a fielders choice that resulted in the second out, but Kendrys Morales and Torii Hunter hit back-to-back singles that scored the first basemen, followed by a Bobby Abreu ground-rule double that brought Morales home. The two runs would the only offense Los Angeles would need.
The lone blemish in Wilson's earned runs column was a leadoff home run to Josh Willingham in the fourth inning that cut the score to 2-1. The Angels would tack on three insurance runs in the top of the seventh, however. Abreu walked and Alberto Callaspo hit an infield single up the middle that looked like a potential double-play grounder that Jamey Carroll couldn't quite hang on to. Chris Iannetta doubled to center field to drive both runners in and sacrifices by Peter Bourjos and Erick Aybar would get Iannetta home.
Scott Downs retired the side in the eighth inning and Kevin Jepsen came in to close things out for the Angels. Jepsen gave up back-to-back singles to open the home half of the ninth. Ryan Doumit hit a liner up the middle, but Aybar dived to snare it on the fly, then flipped on to Howie Kendrick at second for two quick outs. A broken-bat grounder ended things for the Angels victory.
Pujols was 0-for-4 in the game, while Torii Hunter was the only Angels player to pick up more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
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