Manager Mike Scioscia found it refreshing that Izturis came
through in the clutch -- when everybody who knows the Angels counts
on Garret Anderson, Orlando Cabrera or Vladimir Guerrero to be the
Izturis hit a tiebreaking, three-run double off the wall in left
in the eighth inning, and the Angels avoided a three-game sweep by
the San Francisco Giants with a 6-3 victory Wednesday.
"Izzy gave us a big hit and a big lift," said Scioscia, whose
club has been desperate to improve its run production. "We did
things better today. With guys in scoring position, we got some big
hits, two-out hits."
Juan Rivera hit a go-ahead two-run homer to left in the sixth
but the Giants tied it the next inning when Barry Bonds entered as
a pinch-hitter with runners on the corners and no outs and grounded
into a double play that allowed Pedro Feliz to score the tying run
Fans jumped to their feet and chanted "Barry! Barry!" and the
slugger emerged from the dugout to rousing applause.
Scot Shields (4-4), working for the seventh time in the Angels'
last 11 games, pitched two innings for the win as the Angels ended
a three-game losing streak. Francisco Rodriguez recorded the final
three outs for his 17th save.
Feliz hit an RBI double in the second and Todd Greene followed
by singling in a run, and Mark Sweeney added two hits and scored a
run for the Giants, who hadn't played the Angels in the regular
season since San Francisco lost to Los Angeles in the seventh game
of the 2002 World Series.
"We won the series, and that's something we need to think
about," Sweeney said.
Feliz doubled again to start the seventh, Greene then singled to
advance Feliz, who scored on Bonds' groundout. The Giants won the
first two meetings of this series after losing three in a row last
weekend at Seattle.
"This is a tough team to sweep," Giants manager Felipe Alou
said. "They played some baseball today. They hit, they pitched,
they picked up the ball and they stole some bases."
Noah Lowry, making his first career appearance against the
Angels, allowed nine hits and three runs in six innings, struck out
one and walked one. He has only one victory in eight starts since
beating the Houston Astros on May 8 in his first outing back from
the disabled list. The left-hander was sidelined for a month with a
strained muscle in his right side.
"I started the game and my velocity was down," Lowry said.
"It's been that way since I got hurt. I don't know why, whether
it's part of the healing process or not."
Rivera singled and Kendry Morales was intentionally walked by
Jeremy Accardo (0-1) with two outs in the eighth, then pinch-hitter
Mike Napoli was walked to bring up Izturis, whose bases-clearing
double that gave him a career-best matching three RBI.
"After he walked Napoli on four pitches, I knew I was going to
get a pitch to hit, so I was ready," Izturis said through an
"Tell Weaver, my bad," Shields said. "I'm scared to talk to
him. ... He deserved a lot more than a no-decision."
Bonds got most of the day off, giving him two days to rest
considering the Giants have an off day Thursday before hosting the
Oakland Athletics in a weekend interleague series beginning Friday
Omar Vizquel swiped second in the eighth for his 350th career
The Angels are 2-4 through their first six games of a 15-game
stretch against the NL West and improved to 2-7 overall against the
National League in 2006.
Cabrera reached base for the 50th straight game with an infield
single in the first. Guerrero, who ended an 0-for-16 stretch
Tuesday night, then flied out to center and Steve Finley threw out
Cabrera at second for an inning-ending double play.
INF Kevin Frandsen rejoined the Giants after being recalled
from Triple-A Fresno after Tuesday's game. He will provide depth at
all of the infield spots. Feliz has played every inning this season
and Alou knows he will need a day off soon. ... Jason Ellison got
the start in LF for the Giants in place of Bonds and batted
leadoff. He saved a run in the sixth when he made a great throw to
get Morales at the plate. ... Weaver is 14-5 in 30 career
interleague appearances. ... Anderson, in an 0-for-11 stretch, got
the day off. ... The Giants drew 40,900 for their eighth sellout of
the year and second in a row. All three weekend games with the A's
are sold out.