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July 11, 2013

Samardzija roughed up, Cubs lose 13-2 to Angels

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It was Hamilton's first multi-homer game with the Angels (the ninth of his career) and he added five RBIs. His numbers (14 homers, 39 RBIs .229 average) still aren't close to what is expected from him approaching the All-Star break, but they are improving.

"I'm sort of just getting back to doing what you do and quit worrying about listening to everybody," he said. "Listen to the guys here I really care about, the coaches and the players, and go from there."

The same could be said of the Angels' entire lineup, which has been mostly responsible for the team's turnaround.

"Offense is kind of a streaky thing sometimes," said Wilson, who allowed one run in seven innings to win for the fifth time in six starts. "You have instances where you score 13 runs, which is kind of a fluke no matter how good your offense is. I feel like our offense is capable of scoring six runs a night. That's a good benchmark because of all the guys that have power throughout the lineup.

"We have a lot of guys that, I think, are on the way back up to their level of play after slow starts. That's the key. We just need to get everyone playing just the way they can play. It's not like they have to go out there and hit a grand slam every game or something like that."

The Angels wasted little time in getting to Samardzija. Erick Aybar and Mike Trout started the game with doubles and Pujols drew the first of his three walks.

Hamilton followed with a drive over the right-field wall for a three-run shot, his 13th of the season. A batter later, Trumbo connected on a hanging slider and hit it into the left-field bleachers to cap a five-run first inning.

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