Conger nearly won it again in the 12th when, with two on and two outs, he drove a ball to deep center, but Michael Bourn made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Conger of a walk-off double and end the inning.
“We did a lot of good things on the field, we did, but some of our kids got into situations where they couldn’t get it done,” Scioscia said. “There are going to be growing pains. Hopefully, guys will use this experience to get better and be tougher outs.”
Angels starter C.J. Wilson allowed one run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking three, his only blemish a score-tying solo homer to Carlos Santana that barely cleared the glove of leaping center fielder Peter Bourjos in the seventh. Wilson is 9-1 with a 2.62 earned-run average in 13 starts since June 14.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first when J.B. Shuck led off with a homer, the only run Indians starter Danny Salazar allowed in 5 1/3 innings.
Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa struck out Yan Gomes with a 98-mph fastball with the bases loaded to end the eighth, Ernesto Frieri added a scoreless ninth, Juan Gutierrez threw a scoreless 10th and 11th, Michael Kohn retired the side in order in the 12th, and Kevin Jepsen threw a scoreless 13th.
But Lonnie Chisenhall hit a one-out single off Blanton in the 14th, and Stubbs crushed his eighth homer of the season to left-center for a 3-1 Cleveland lead. Bourn reached on an infield single, stole second and scored for a 4-1 lead when Blanton threw wild to first on Jason Kipnis’ tapper down the first-base line.
Eight Cleveland relievers combined for 8 2/3 scoreless innings.
“This is crushing, especially the way our relievers came in and did so well,” Wilson said. “We just didn’t come through with those opportunities at the end. That’s the most frustrating part of the game. Our team has had some unfortunate results, these games where we’re right in it, and we feel constantly like we’re going to win, and we don’t.”
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