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Angels shut out by Giants as Justin Upton leaves with injury

ANAHEIM ― San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani stuck out his glove and found a baseball, flipped it into his bare hand, and threw out Jose Iglesias in the fourth inning Tuesday night. Even a 100-mph ground ball destined for center field stood no chance at Angel Stadium on this night – that is, if the Angels hit it.

The Giants? They have baseball’s best record for a reason. DeSclafani offered no margin for error, and the Angels barrelled through the margin quickly en route to a 5-0 loss before an announced crowd of 28,354.

With a runner on first base in the first inning, Darin Ruf hit a catchable fly ball to right field. Luis Rengifo, an infielder making his third major league start in the outfield, took a poor route to the warning track and the ball fell for a double. Instead of the inning’s second out, Ruf reached second base safely on a double. The next batter, Buster Posey, hit a deep ground ball to score a run.

Angels starter Andrew Heaney (4-5) barely made it out of the inning. Brandon Belt dropped a bunt single down a vacant third-base line, scoring another run. Wilmer Flores slugged a two-run homer. Finally, Heaney whistled a two-strike changeup past Donovan Solano on his 29th pitch, the game’s third out.

That Heaney gutted his way through six innings would have to suffice as consolation. Little else went right for the Angels, who fell a game below .500 (36-37) for the third time in the last week.

Justin Upton was removed from the game with lower back stiffness after swinging and missing at a fading slider to end the second inning. Shohei Ohtani went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts. Twice, the Angels got runners on second and third base against DeSclafani. Each time, they came up empty.

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