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“I know he wasn’t doing it on purpose,” Lee said. “He had some funky balls hit to him.”
Mike Trout went 1 for 5 with more than 4,000 fans in the crowd from his hometown of Millville, New Jersey. The two-time All-Star center fielder grew up in the small town 45 minutes south of Philadelphia.
Lee (3-4) took a 2-0 lead into the sixth, but Asche’s fielding and throwing errors led to four unearned runs. Collin Cowgill led off the inning with a double to left. After Trout struck out, Albert Pujols reached when Asche let his high bouncer go off his glove. Howie Kendrick walked to load the bases.
Chris Iannetta then hit a bouncer to Asche, who pulled catcher Carlos Ruiz off the plate with his throw home. Grant Green’s sacrifice fly tied it at 2. Jimenez followed with a two-run double on a 3-0 pitch, giving the Angels a 4-2 lead.
Asche has struggled in his first full season. He’s hitting .226 with a team-high six errors.
The Phillies have lost two in a row to fall three games below .500. They blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth in a 5-4, extra-inning loss to the Mets on Sunday. Closer Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t available to pitch that day because he was sore after earning saves in the first two games of the series.
Papelbon has drawn criticism from fans for not pitching. Sandberg said before the game the team needs its closer to be able to pitch three days in a row.
Shoemaker (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits. He made his second career start and first this season. The righty was called up to replace Hector Santiago, who was sent to the bullpen after going 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA in seven starts.
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his fifth save in seven tries.
Domonic Brown hit a triple off reliever Fernando Salas and scored on Ruiz’s sacrifice fly in the seventh to get the Phillies to 4-3.
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