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Rapid Reaction: Angels 13, Cubs 2

7/11/2013

This one was over early, as the Los Angeles Angels erupted for five runs in the first inning off Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.

Samardzijagave up home runs to Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo after leadoff doubles by Erick Aybar and Mike Trout got L.A. on the board. Hamilton homered again in a six-run fifth inning, as did Albert Pujols. Brendan Harris completed the hat trick of long balls in the fifth, when he went deep off of Henry Rodriguez.

The Angels also added solo runs in the eighth and ninth innings, as every one of their starters had at least one hit in the game. The Cubs got on the board when Anthony Rizzo drove in Cody Ransom in the fourth.

What it means: Samardzija may have ruined any outside chance he had at being a replacement All-Star. He had no life on his fastball, which was hit hard. He has shown the opposite of the consistency of Travis Wood, who pitched the night before and shut down the same lineup. Samardzija has said in the past he gets up for big games; he needs to do the same in between them.

Outside the box: Before the game, general manager Jed Hoyer said prospect Junior Lake wasn’t an imminent call-up from Iowa, but wouldn’t rule out the possibility this season. ... Pitcher Jake Arietta, acquired for Scott Feldman recently, was rusty in his second start for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, giving up 10 hits in 3.2 IP. Hoyer said he gets a mulligan.

What’s next: The Cubs begin their final series before the All-Star break when they host the St. Louis Cardinals, beginning on Thursday night. Edwin Jackson opposes Jake Westbrook in the series opener.