Jefry Marte hit a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Angels defeated the Athletics 7-6 on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim.
Anaheim was down 7-2 after the top of the fourth inning, but the club put up two runs in the seventh, two more in the eighth, and then won the game against Liam Hendriks in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols both singled, Johnny Giavotella drew a walk, and Marte drove a ball deep enough to right field to give the Halos their first win in seven games. Marte also had an RBI single on Sunday.
Hector Santiago gave up six earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Athletics.
Santiago had put together two very good outings (June 5, June 21) after struggling through much of late May and early June, but he returned to mediocrity on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim. The left-hander walked four and gave up seven hits, including a Coco Crisp grand slam and a Marcus Semien solo shot (both in the fourth inning). Santiago will carry a 5.27 ERA into his next start on the road at Fenway Park. Put him on the bench again.
Sonny Gray held the Angels to two runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision.
Anaheim won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on a walkoff sac fly by Jefry Marte. Gray did his part, yielding just five singles, a double, and one walk while whiffing three. He continues to lower his inflated season ERA, from 5.20 to 5.03 in this one. Look for the right-hander to keep it rolling next time out against the Pirates.
Martin Perez held the Red Sox to one run over six innings Sunday in the Rangers' 6-2 win.
Texas had a three-run lead after the first inning and Perez went into cruise control from there, scattering six hits and two walks across six solid frames. The one run he gave up came on a Bryce Brentz solo shot in the top of the sixth. Perez will carry a 7-4 record and 3.44 ERA into his next start on the road against the Twins.
Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Rangers.
Texas jumped all over Buchholz in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs on five singles and two walks. Prince Fielder then slugged a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth and Buchholz was removed two batters later. The right-hander is now 3-8 with a 5.90 season ERA. He might be headed back to the bullpen.