Heading into Tuesday night's game, the Los Angeles Angels knew they were going to get the best pitching matchup of their series against the San Francisco Giants. The Halos got to Giants starter Barry Zito early and took advantage of some San Francisco gaffes for the easy 12-5 win.
Before the Giants could record an out in the first inning, Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer; his eleventh of the year. Peter Bourjos later hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 Angels. The Giants got their first run in the top of the second with an RBI single by Pablo Sandoval, but the Angels got that run right back in the bottom of the frame with a Pujols single for Pujols' fourth RBI of the game.
The Halos tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Mark Trumbo hit a bases-loaded triple off the wall that by all rights should have been caught by Angel Pagan, then came in to score on a Howie Kendrick sacrifice fly. The Giants cut the lead to 9-3 in the fifth inning, then to 9-5 in the seventh, but the Angels hung another crooked number in the bottom of the eighth. Torii Hunter hit an RBI single and Trumbo followed up with a two-run single that gave him five RBI in the game.
The Angels will attempt to capture the series with a win on Wednesday night.
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