CHICAGO (AP) — For Jeff Samardzija, the only positive of the Chicago Cubs' 13-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday night was it only counted as one loss.
"You can't really sugar coat it too much," Samardzija said.
Samardzija (5-9) allowed nine hits and a career-high-tying nine runs in 4 2-3 innings. He surrendered four home runs.
"To sit here and try to pick it apart would be tough," he said. "I've just got to go back and look at it. I've thrown worse games, that's the thing. I've had worse stuff out there. To sit and be totally down isn't the case. It's more about pitch sequences and, obviously, getting ahead in the count. I think that's the big thing for me. When I'm behind in the count, it changes the game a lot. It puts me on my heels. It puts them on their toes, and that's not the way I pitch."
That's certainly not the way the Cubs had been pitching in winning the previous four games.
"That game got out of hand," manager Dale Sveum said. "Give credit to some really good hitters. They get paid a lot of money to hit mistakes and they obviously didn't miss 'em tonight."
Josh Hamilton hit two home runs, Albert Pujols connected and the Angels went deep a season-high five times. All five of the homers — Mark Trumbo and Brendan Harris also went deep — were no-doubters. They hit a pair in a five-run first inning and then followed with three more in a six-run fifth as they sent 12 men to the plate to provide more than enough support for starter C.J. Wilson (9-6).
The Angels (44-46) now have won 11 of 14 games in their quest to get back to the .500 mark after a poor start during which they fell as many as 12 games (15-27) under. Since June 12, they have the best record in baseball at 17-8.