- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels have fallen so far, they’ve now been reduced to seeking moral victories.

Matt Holliday homered twice in two innings off Jered Weaver, Matt Carpenter homered as well and the St. Louis Cardinals held off a late rally to beat the Angels 12-10 on Thursday night and complete a three-game sweep.

The Angels scored three runs in the ninth and had the bases loaded with one out, but Kevin Siegrist struck out Carlos Perez and got Shane Robinson to pop out to end the threat.

“The fact we came back from the brink I think says a lot about the heart in the club right there,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You can tell a lot about people by how they react when things aren’t going the right way, and a lot of things aren’t going the right way for us, but the guys are getting in there and busting it and getting after it.”

Weaver (3-2) gave up nine hits and eight runs in four-plus innings for the Angels, who have lost six straight and 10 of their last 12.

Holliday matched his career high with four hits to pace an 18-hit outburst by the Cardinals. Matt Adams and Yadier Molina added three hits apiece, and every Cardinals starter had a hit.

Weaver retired the first 11 batters of the game before Holliday ended the streak with his first homer. Eight of the next nine Cardinals reached base, capped by a two-run homer from Holliday to end Weaver’s night in the fifth.

The Angels offense gave Weaver a 2-0 lead in the third and 5-3 lead in the fourth, but he failed to hold it each time.

“It took us a minute to get used to his decreased velocity compared to what we’re used to,” Holliday said. “It’s really just more with your eyes and a timing thing. Once you see it, the next time your mind and body is much more in sync.”

Carpenter launched a three-run homer down the right field line in the fifth to make it 6-5 and put St. Louis up for good. Holliday followed two batters later with a two-run drive to center to chase Weaver from the game.

Adams gave the Cardinals some breathing room with a two-run single in the sixth after the Angels had crawled back within a run and delivered another RBI single in the ninth.

The Angels, down 12-7 entering the ninth, didn’t go quietly. Kole Calhoun’s RBI single and a two-run homer by Albert Pujols cut their deficit to 12-10, and Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal promptly walked the bases loaded upon entering. But Siegrist came in got the two outs needed to secure the sweep.

“There were some things that were frustrating for sure tonight, but the comeback wasn’t,” Scioscia said. “No matter what the circumstances are, however many losses in a row we have, they’re going to keep going and keep focus and keep playing baseball. You have to keep that composure on any club and we have that, and that’s a starting point.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: Pennington left in the fifth inning with a left hamstring cramp. … LHP C.J. Wilson (shoulder inflammation) threw his third bullpen session in five days. He will pitch a simulated game Monday. … RHP Huston Street (strained oblique) played catch for the third straight day and has a bullpen session targeted for next week.

FALSE STARTS

Angels starters have pitched six innings or more only once during their current 2-10 skid.

The team has a 5.54 ERA in that time.

“If we’re going to force ourselves to tap into our bullpen every fifth inning, we’re going to have to have a 15-man pitching staff,” Scioscia said. “There’s not just one pill for your rotation. Each guy has individual things they need to iron out and they’re working hard to do that.”

FELINE FRENZY

A white and tan cat interrupted play in the fourth inning when it emerged from the right of the visitors dugout and sprinted across the field, angling toward third base before jumping into the stands along the home dugout on the third base line.

It proceeded to sprint across three fan sections back toward the plate before being corralled by a fan as it tried to leap over the railing dividing one section from another.

It was the second straight day a cat made an appearance at Angel Stadium. Before Wednesday’s game, a black cat was spotted running around the stands behind home plate.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.69) opens up a three-game series at Seattle. He has won his two previous career starts at Safeco Field.

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