ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia insisted his team isn’t panicking. At the same time, the veteran skipper acknowledged things can’t continue this way.
Matt Carpenter homered twice, including his leadoff shot on the fifth pitch of the game, and the St. Louis Cardinals had nine extra-base hits Tuesday night in an 8-1 rout of the Angels.
Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday also homered for the Cardinals, who finished one shy of their season high for extra-base hits.
On the wrong end of another blowout, the struggling Angels have lost four straight and eight of 10.
“The frustration is in the results, but we have to focus on the process,” Scioscia said. “If you want to get the W in the end, you have to focus on winning individual situations and we didn’t do that tonight and we didn’t do it over the weekend.”
Nothing went right for the Angels in any facet.
Hector Santiago (2-2) lasted only 4 1/3 innings, permitting seven hits — five for extra bases — and four runs in his shortest outing of the season.
The offense, meanwhile, managed only six hits and a run in eight innings off Cardinals starter Mike Leake (1-3), who held the Angels scoreless until the eighth.
“We’re not playing good baseball right now. Something’s got to give,” said outfielder Kole Calhoun, who drove in Cliff Pennington with a sacrifice fly in the eighth for the Angels’ run. “We’ve got to throw the ball better, we’ve got to hit better, we’ve got to pull together. We got hit with some injuries lately, but we still have 25 guys in here who have to lace ’em up and play some better baseball.”
Carpenter’s leadoff drive was just the beginning for the Cardinals, who led 6-0 by the fifth. Every starter reached base, and all but one had a hit.
“The momentum shifts at times when that happens and I think today was a little bit of that,” Carpenter said of his leadoff homer, the 10th of his career. “We’re just having good at-bats and games like this tend to happen when collectively you go out and have good ABs.”
Aledmys Diaz made it 2-0 in the second inning with an RBI double, and Stephen Piscotty and Holliday hit back-to-back doubles in the fifth to make it 3-0 and end Santiago’s night.
Grichuk greeted reliever Javy Guerra with a two-run homer to make it 5-0. Grichuk’s high fly to center field carried just over the glove of a leaping Mike Trout.
Carpenter and Holliday added to the Angels’ misery when they hit solo homers off reliever A.J. Achter in the sixth. Carpenter’s drive gave him the third multihomer game of his career.
Leake took care of the rest, keeping the Angels scoreless until the eighth and striking out five in his longest outing of the season.
“It starts with the guy on the mound,” Scioscia said. “Unfortunately, the ball wasn’t coming out very well for Hector. It’s frustrating when you get behind right away and it lets the other pitcher open up their game.”
Angels SS Andrelton Simmons underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. He will miss six to eight weeks. … LHP C.J. Wilson (shoulder inflammation) threw a 37-pitch bullpen session and is scheduled to pitch a simulated game next week. … RHP Huston Street (strained oblique) played catch for the first time since going on the DL.
Holliday finished 3 for 5 with two doubles, a homer, two runs and two RBIs. His homer in the sixth inning traveled an estimated 437 feet and left the bat at 109 mph, according to Major League Baseball’s Statcast computer program. He came in batting .161 (5 for 31) with one extra-base hit in his previous nine games.
“His at-bats tonight were beautiful,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He fought off some tough pitches, got the bat head out early, killed a few balls down the line. It was nice to see it.”
NEW ANGEL IN THE INFIELD
Brendan Ryan made his Angels debut when he entered in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement at shortstop. The veteran infielder was acquired from the Washington Nationals earlier in the day for cash considerations.
Ryan hit .263 for the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse and was acquired to shore up the middle infield after Simmons’ injury.
Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia (2-2, 3.05 ERA) pitched seven shutout innings with only two hits allowed in his previous start against Philadelphia last Thursday.
Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-4, 9.15) is being called up from Triple-A for his first start since being demoted May 1.