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Halos Rip Phils

The Phillies claimed starting pitcher Jerome Williams off waivers this past weekend, and he made his Phillies debut last night in Los Angeles. Williams came into last night with a 2-5 record and an earned run average above six.

The Phillies have not fared well against the Angels historically in inter-league play, entering last night with a 1-7 record against the Halos. C.J. Wilson got the start for L.A.

The Phils would strike first when Ben Revere scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Howard. They would add a second run in the top of the sixth, when Marlon Byrd singled home Chase Utley.

The bottom of the sixth is where the flood gates would open.

Williams started the inning by allowing a solo home run to right-fielder Kole Calhoun. After striking Mike Trout out, Williams allowed a single to Albert Pujols. That would be all for Williams, finishing with 5.1 innings pitched and two earned runs on five hits.

He was replaced by Antonio Bastardo, who struggled through the inning. He began by walking Josh Hamilton to put runners on first and second. He would then get Erick Aybar to fly out to left for out number two. Howard Kendrick then singled to center-field, to bring Pujols home and knotted the game at 2-2.

The next batter was Colin Cowgill, and he hit what should have been out number three. Cowgill hit a flyball the opposite way to deep right field. Byrd overran the ball, and it dropped in just fair before bouncing into the stands. Hamilton scored on the play to give the Halos a 3-2 lead.

David Freese was next up, and he doubled to left-field. Kendrick and Cowgill both scored, making it a 5-2 Angels lead. Catcher Chris Iannetta would single Freese home, and Iannetta then scored on a single by Calhoun, the 10th batter of the inning.

Bastardo was charged with five runs on four hits and a walk in just a third of an inning pitched. His season ERA is now 4.56 and the loss dropped his record to 5-6.

The Phillies would not score again, losing to the Angels by a final score of 7-2.

The Phils will try and earn a split of this quick two game series in L.A. tonight when they send A.J. Burnett to the hill against Jered Weaver for the Angels.

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