Eight-run inning dooms Angels in loss to Cardinals

The Los Angeles Angels bullpen allowed 10 runs to lose the series opener to the St. Louis Cardinals in Monday night's series opener.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels could not overcome an eight-run seventh inning and lost Monday’s series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 at Angel Stadium.

Three Angels relievers allowed a combined seven hits, three walks and hit a batter in the inning as the Cardinals sent 14 hitters to the plate.

The Angels led 4-0 entering the seventh after Adam Cimber stranded the bases loaded with a double play in the sixth. Cimber has inherited 15 runners this season and none of them have scored.

Angels manager Ron Washington sent Cimber back out for the seventh inning and he allowed a leadoff home run to Southern California native and El Toro High alumn Nolan Arenado.

Cimber then allowed back-to-back hits to Nolan Gorman and Ivan Herrera before being lifted for Matt Moore, who gave up two consecutive singles including a RBI hit by Masyn Winn. With the bases loaded and one out, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run single to tie the game at 4-4. The RBIs were Carpenter’s first of the season.

“A couple big mistakes by me just not being able to expand those 0-2 pitches and then to capitalize the walk there at the end, it was a tough night,” Moore said. “Not executing that changeup to Winn right there was pretty bad.

“Tough night, I wish it didn’t fall the way it did but I’m going to do my best tomorrow.”

Lars Nootbaar drew a walk to load the bases. Washington pulled Moore for Luis Garcia, whose first pitch hit Paul Goldschmidt to drive in the go-ahead run. After a strikeout, Garcia walked Gorman to drive in another run.

Herrera hit a two-run single to give the Cardinals an 8-4 lead. After another walk, Garcia got Wynn to fly out to right field to end the inning.

“We had the best we have in the bullpen in there,” Washington said. “I really didn’t see that coming.

“If we had to go through that inning again, I would do the same thing. They didn’t get the job done tonight.”

Jose Suarez entered the game in the eighth and after a clean eighth inning, he loaded the bases to open the ninth. He got Brendan Donovan to hit a chopper to third base but Niko Goodrum made a throwing error to home plate to score two runs.

The final stats: The Angels bullpen allowed 10 runs, 9 earned in 3 2/3 innings.

The bullpen erased a 4-0 lead that the Angels built in the third inning. Zach Neto singled and scored on a double in the left-center field gap by Kyren Paris. The RBI was the first of the season for Paris and the second of his career.

Nolan Schanuel hit a bunt single and an errant throw from Arenado allowed Paris to score from second and give the Angels a 3-0 lead.

Kevin Pillar hit a two-run home run 362-feet over the left field wall to give the Angels a 4-0 lead. The home run was Pillar’s third in just eight games as an Angel this season.

Pillar also drove in a run on a single in the eighth inning. He is 10 for 24 with three home runs and 12 RBIs since joining the Angels. He has tied Joe Rudi (1977) for the most RBIs through his first eight games with the Angels

“(Pillar)’s got a new lease on life as far as baseball goes,” Washington said. “This is not the first time that I’ve seen Pillar do what he’s doing. He was with me in Atlanta. I am not surprised.”

The disappointing performance from the bullpen erased a good start by Jose Soriano, who allowed two hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings with three walks and six strikeouts.

“I feel great, I competed this time and I think I did pretty good,” Soriano said. “I think i lost the rhythm, I lost my pitches for a little bit but things happen and I’m trying to learn from this experience and do it better next time.”

The Angels (15-27) are 5-15 at home. Left-hander Reid Detmers (3-4, 4.96 ERA) will start Tuesday for against the Cardinals right-hander Sonny Gray (4-2, 2.29).