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July 10, 2013

Blanton rocked in Angels' 7-2 loss to Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — Realizing he didn't have good stuff, Angels pitcher Joe Blanton knew he'd need a little luck.

Turns out he didn't have that either.

Blanton allowed one of Alfonso Soriano's two home runs and four of the Cubs' season-high five long balls, and Travis Wood earned his first win in nearly six weeks in Chicago's 7-2 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney also homered for Chicago in the interleague game.

"Some days you hope when you make the mistakes, when you don't have good stuff, they pop it up or hit line drives right at people" Blanton said. "I didn't get lucky today. Obviously, when you throw pitches down the middle you're not going to get a lot of luck."

Blanton (2-11) went five innings, giving up eight hits and six runs with three walks and three strikeouts. He leads the majors in losses.

Rizzo and Soriano hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning with two outs, the second time this season they've done it.

Castro gave Chicago a 3-0 lead with his fifth homer in the third.

Barney's fifth homer of the season came in the sixth after Dioner Navarro doubled and Nate Schierholtz was hit by a pitch. Blanton left trailing 6-0 after allowing Barney's homer.

"I really didn't have good stuff tonight," Blanton said. "It was just one of those games. I tried to battle through, but I made too many mistakes over the plate.

"The three-run (homer) hurts the worst. You can live through solos and battle around everything else. Three-run homers kill you, but honestly, all of them."

Blanton leads the American League in earned runs allowed (71), home runs allowed (22) and hits allowed (143).

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